What do you want to be?

What do you want to be?

 8 Mar 2018

At the risk of my Blogs coming across like Book Reviews, I wanted to talk about an excellent book that I would recommend to everyone! It’s called The Urban Monk and its premise is about using Eastern Wisdom and modern hippy-hacks to help us find happiness and purpose in our ever-stressful world.
One key section that made me think was how we approach our careers from an early age; starting as soon as we are old enough to speak, with adults routinely asking “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. With standard answers being Astronaut, Rock Star, Ballerina!
When you step back and reflect, isn’t it odd that a few years on we then proudly proclaim at the ripe old age of 17 or 18 that we want to be a fireman, doctor, lawyer, teacher; at a time when we still barely know who WE are, let alone what we want to be. Our decisions are based on our fickle interests at that age - we work hard to get there, surrounded by like-minded individuals all striving for the same thing so don’t think to question ourselves, and often we are stuck with that decision for the rest of our lives! Think about the person you were as a teenager and compare that to the person you have become.
The key here is that at whatever point in our careers, whether aged 16 or 60, it is more important to think about who we are and what drives us, and then find a career that taps into that. Think about what you enjoy and how you can forge a career that makes you happy and gives you purpose.
Too often we end up in a career that we think ‘defines’ us and end up keeping up this façade for the rest of our lives, we ultimately feel unfulfilled and lacking in something, with our inner selves waiting to burst out. We tend to ‘work’ during the week and then only do the things we ‘enjoy’ at weekends or on holidays and then we retire. I would urge each of you to think about whether that is an existence you want and then make changes if/where necessary!
Find your strengths, think about what or who inspires you and then follow a career that keeps you energised!


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