What did you want to be when you grew up?
I personally had no idea. I assumed since I played the drums, that I would just be in a band and travel the world and be famous. (Guess how that turned out.)
If you have a child, or children regardless of age, raise your hand.
(You can put your hand down now.)
I used to have this mindset, this way of thinking that we all know and love that went something like this:
“When my kid grows up, I hope he becomes successful.”
Recognize that? When we were in school, we might have been asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” And understandably, we may have assumed that up until that point that we were not successful and could only be successful if we made our dream job come true.
Pop quiz: How many of you are actually doing the job you said when you were a child? (Probably only a handful of us actually went there for real.)
So going back to the people reading with kids. I have a new way of thinking about this type of question now. I don’t think about the future of my child and the success that might come. Instead, I approach each day of what might become successful on that day.
For example. My son is now 14-months old. He’s a cutie for sure, and I love that little guy to pieces.
He’s figured out walking down to a science, and just recently managed to do some excellent crawling uphill in a play area which, when he reached the top, made him super excited and very proud of himself. I got to witness that. I got to help him achieve that. On that day, he was successful. On that day he hit a goal whether he realized it or not.
It doesn’t matter if you are working your dream job right now or not. In some cases, it’s almost better for you if you are not working that dream career choice. This should motivate you to be better, do better and turn yourself into something greater than the day before.
Success comes from everything and everything we do. Are you not the morning person you think you ought to be? Need that second or third cup of coffee before anyone dares acknowledge your existence? Sounds to me like that is something you can overcome and call a success later on.
That is just one example. I don’t know where you work, or what you do when you are there. But you do. And you have already thought about something within each work day that you can be better at. Own it and turn it into a success.
Success fits all people with all backgrounds. Success is not handed out though, and you have to be ready to go for the goal. Are you ready?
So let me ask you again but in a different style this time…
What do you want to be today?
These are my thoughts for the day.