Strengths and Growing Up


October 16, 2015

We fail at one hundred percent of what we do not attempt.

As children, we were all asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

And, strangely, as adults, we’ve all likely been asked, “What did you want to be when you grew up?”

Is it really so common to become something different, such that we assume that most people don’t follow that dream?

And, if we pay attention, there is generally a certain amount of joyous shock and admiration when someone actually becomes the thing that they wanted to be as a kid. What is up with that? As if, subconsciously we were saying, “Wow…they made it…”.

But, made it through what?

Do we, as a culture, really support children in the truth and greatness of their visions from a young age? Really, truly? Or, do we expect them to say things like, “I want to be an astronaut,” and then encourage them toward something more practical—like business or science?

That is, do we humor them with a pat on the head and then push them in another direction?

If we do, indeed, do that, then why do we ask them what they want to be in the first place? Wouldn’t the more honest question be, “What do you think I (the adult) want you (the child) to be?”

While all this is food for thought, something actionable is this: Do we ever treat ourselves like this? Like children who are not taken seriously?

Do we have dreams today that we give absolutely no weight or energy to because they don’t seem “realistic”?

There’s that famous question, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

And there is that mindset of famous people, as stated by Ellen DeGeneres, “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”

What did we want to be as children? Did we want to be that thing or something represented by it—that is, if we said “fireman” did we really want to be heroic, or if we said “teacher” did we really want to share our inner worlds? What do we want to be today? In this moment? Tomorrow? Five years from now? Do we take our dreams seriously? Do we take children’s visions seriously? Is there another side to this story?

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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