So you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up?

by The Good Life on September 13, 2017

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A Florist.

A Greens Keeper.

“I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up, but I know it should be something with Business and Sport”

They were 3 things which were in my ‘National Record of Achievement’ which I looked at last week for the first time in 10 years. Pretty insightful right?

Well Florist was what some test that I did determined what my future calling would be. What is more telling is that someone has likely made money creating a personality test for 15 year olds who have zero clue about what they want to do for A levels let alone as a career.  I suppose everyone has their calling.  The greens keeper part was where I spent my work experience which again despite it having zero reflection on my future was amazing fun driving round a golf course at 6am dodging old golfers teeing off and digging holes in the ground repeatedly.  “I just know I want to do something in sport and business” was the only one that actually came true thankfully!

So the reason for writing this blog, was just that whilst in the U.K. I saw the various news articles about A Level results (age 18) coming out, and people stressing about which university they will get in too.  It just got me thinking, there seems to be such a stress for kids to figure out where they are heading in the future and have everything all nicely lined up.

And ultimately I just wanted kids to know…..

You don’t need to have all the answers.

You don’t need to know what career you will go into.

Hell, by the time most kids now are working the notion of working at one job for 30 years will be something only their grand parents will have done.

Probably the best thing about our University.  Andy Mills making good use of his back yard.

So what do you need to know even if you don’t know what you want to grow up?

Well, first of all, if someone asks me today “what do you want to do when you grow up?” I still couldn’t tell you. Maybe that’s just me and maybe I need to do a better job of planning but I still don’t have the future mapped out, and still consider myself as learning everyday. Maybe it’s something I inherited from my father who at 75 seems ready to try and start a new business or write a book or anything he seems in a state of constant get up and go.

Set some Goals

What I do know though is that I’m not sat round doing nothing and do set goals each year which I strive to make and for anyone who sets goals, you will see the power in doing so as in general whatever you write down and set out to achieve quite often does become reality. It’s a strange thing but it is something I would encourage kids to do right away.  Even just saying, I want to do this in the next month, next 6 months, 1 year, really does help you see a bit clearer.  I guess that’s why the “what will you be” question just confused me when I was young because quite often you just need to think in more manageable time frames.  I link info to goal setting at the end.

Passion

That plays into something I said it in a previous blog, but just make sure you have something you care about and would ultimately do for free if needed and are ready to hustle to make happen. It helps when it’s an 11pm trade show set up or a 4am wake up call for a demo up in Stubai when it’s minus 30 out and the forum boards have just introduced a ‘revolutionary slider system’ which keeps breaking.

Yes I had passion for dreadlocks for a minute there.

Adaptability

One of the worst things about planning is just good old life itself. Ups, downs, upsets. It happens. Life happens. Every problem that happens is a learning experience to make you better.  The quicker you realize a life without problems would never make you help you grow the quicker you realize how you can progress quicker in life.

I bet Henry never thought he would grow up to an event MC.  He is doing rather well at it now.

Learning for the future

I’m sure times have changed and now things is more vocational learning but I do still worry that kids are focusing on what they want to do in future when for many people know instead of working at a company for 30 years people are moving to more of an Air BnB economy and perhaps people should be preparing themselves for more that kind of freelance lifestyle as for most it offers the ability to combine work, creativity and lifestyle.  When I was going to University, I was looking at computer science which would have been a great one at the time, so just keep an eye on where the world is going…. Renewable energy anyone?  Unless you live in the USA that is…. Even china just said they would ban petrol and diesel cars!

Finances.

What still I find interesting though is that for many at school these days the old favorites are taught in terms of maths, science etc but there still isn’t much about personal finance or your own economy. Yes you can study economics but is there anything in there really providing them with the opportunity to learn about things that they will actually need in the next 18 months? Such as credit scores, how interest rates work and affect you, the ability to borrow money, where best to save money, how and when to invest.  I’m sure some advice on pensions would also be likely useful as for many whilst it seems a million miles away, even just a few dollars saved a week from a young age can really help long term if you subscribe to the theory of compounding interest.

Yes. I need to start saving money for this guy.  I get it.

Money is something which for some reason most people don’t like to discuss, sometimes the same as religion or politics but ultimately way more important as it’s something which will have a direct correlation with your personal situation moving forward and it’s something you can control which is something that can’t be said of politics or religion both of which seem to be in the eye of the beholder.

There are plenty of well published authors who have highlighted the fact but it doesn’t seem to be resonating.  Sex education when I was at school was damn near a joke and now I’m sure is a lot more when thought out, but why isn’t personal finance?

A bunch of dudes still figuring it out.

The other thing I would love to fix is the food at schools. F*ck the fact there are fucking vending machines at school.  And they wonder why there is an Obesity problem.  Stop the machines and you will help solve the problem.

Again, knowing what you want to do in 20 years is damn near impossible, unless luckily you get that bolt from the blue telling you that you want to be a vet or an astronaut but for many millions of us just be confident in your own abilities, love what you do and just know….

That we’re all here creating it ourselves, making it up as we go along, doing our best, setting goals and just soaking up the journey.

And well if that strategy gives out on me, then I do have my career as a Florist to fall back on.

Thanks for reading please share with as many younger readers as possible and I would be genuinely interested in your thoughts in the comments below.

Thought I should leave you with this from one of the best.

A Letter to my 14 Year old Self.

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