Part 4: 4 Things Getting in the Way of Figuring Out Your Life
In this episode, I’m wrapping up my four-part series exploring how the innocent question “what do you want to be when you grow up” may inadvertently contribute to the development of 4 flawed premises holding you back from selecting a major and career that are in alignment with you.
This episode dives into how the questioning grownup’s response to your answer shapes your career path even in childhood. If a child answers this question with an answer like doctor, lawyer, engineer they are usually met with praise and encouragement, but if they answer unicorn, mermaid, princess…or artist for that matter they are usually patted on the head and encouraged to pursue something more “realistic.” This response cues you to select job roles that those around you approve. But this is a problem because those around you have a very limited notion of what job options are even viable.
If you haven’t listened to part 1 , part 2, and part 3 in this series yet, I strongly recommend giving them a listen first. In those episodes, I explore why you are still going to be you when you grow up, why you cannot simply think your way to a decision, and why you don’t have to select one right career path.
What You Will Learn in This Episode:
Why your answers to the question “what do you want to be when you grow up” doesn’t have to seem “practical” to others. This episode builds on the idea that you must select one thing to be when you grow by challenging the notion that what you select to do for work throughout your life should be safe and familiar to those around them.