You always hear people asking little kids “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Often the popular answer for boys is “Firefighter”, “Astronaut”, “Doctor”, “Pro Athlete”, or something along those lines. For girls it might range anywhere from “Princess”, to “Mother”, to “Singer”. How quickly and how often do these aspirations change?
How many children actually follow through with “What they want to be when they grow up”? The answer is probably not many, and it’s no surprise. Children seldom are developed enough in their personalities, likes, dislikes, talents, abilities and passions to make that kind of decision, and often, the things children dream about being are the things in fairy tales, right?
What’s interesting, though, is if you ask many adults the same question, a high percentage of them will probably answer with a curt “I don’t know”. The world is really good at throwing large doses of reality our way, and often the things we dream about feel out of reach.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right career for you.
Ask Yourself What You’re Good At
Sometimes, it can be simple as this. If you don’t know what you’re good at, take a few placement tests or look to the internet to give you some guidance on finding that out. If you’re naturally good at something, chances are you probably enjoy doing it. If you’ve always had a knack for math, steer in that direction. The answer doesn’t always have to be clear cut.
Maybe the career path is teaching, maybe it’s engineering, maybe it’s geometry and you can find a job somewhere in the design world. Think outside the box, if you look hard enough, you’ll find something that suits you perfectly.
Ask Yourself What You Enjoy
Do you have an eye for fashion, or a desire to help people? Perhaps you love animals, or you love to entertain. The key to finding a career that you enjoy lies in answering questions like this. There’s a famous saying that goes like this: “Do what you love, and you’ll never word a day in your life”.
Many people say that this is a bunch of baloney, but the trick is to mix what you love with smart business. You may not want to be a starving artist, but it’s all ultimately about being happy and about being smart with what it is you have in this present moment. He who is given little and handles it well, will be given a lot. It’s a proverb, or something like that.
Ask Yourself What You Want Out of Life
This is ultimately the most important question to ask yourself. Once you’ve achieved your dream and landed the perfect career, will you be happy? In the end, you could find out that it doesn’t matter what you do and it doesn’t matter how much money you earn, as long as you have the foundational things in life that matter.
We all have a calling and we all have a birthright-something we were born to do. Often if you look to the questions you asked yourself above, you’ll be given a little bit of a hint on what that could be. Otherwise, do some soul searching, ask yourself different questions, and get out of your comfort zone.