Did I ever miss the boat when selecting a career; I paid little to no attention to the clues of my childhood. The likes and dislikes of my childhood were like breadcrumbs left on the path to happiness and I pretty much ignored them throughout my early career leaving things to chance.
I can’t say that there was ever one job that I thought was the coolest. I was attracted to many things and I don’t think it ever occurred to me as a child that I was supposed to choose just one. Missed breadcrumb number one – I spent the better part of twenty years trying to force myself to do that one thing, find that one thing only to be miserable and dissatisfied.
One of the jobs I remember being fascinated with as a child was President of the United States. From a very early age I was intrigued by the role of leader of the free world. The President got to live in the White House, spend weekends at Camp David, boss Congress around, visit foreign countries on board Air Force One, meet the Queen and lots of cool stuff. I was pretty sure that POTUS could declare war against any country that produced spinach and could pass laws that made shorter school days or at least longer recesses. If I was leader of the free world when I grew up I wasn’t going to wear a blue suit like I saw the President wear. I was going to wear a crown and a cape.
I thought there were other cool jobs too – teacher, baker, lawyer, mommy and cowboy to name a few. I loved buildings and monopoly. Most of all, I enjoyed the written word. Books, magazines, newspapers, political biographies.
All these things, I thought were cool as a child still interest me as an adult. Finally, I am trying to follow the breadcrumbs from my childhood. Recently at a workshop on social media and developing a LinkedIn profile, the instructor upon seeing commercial real estate finance and political campaign management on my profile said I needed to decide what I wanted to be when I grow up. My response was I’m a writer and blogger too. I’ve decided that I will never again be just one thing. And, I’m good with that.
Now to figure out how to earn a living at all these things that interest me.
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