I met with a college graduate recently who told me that she doesn’t know what to do with her life. Has no career ambitions. Isn’t excited about any particular subject or field.
I’ll never understand this. I find it utterly incomprehensible.
I’m a person with a lot of jobs.
Elementary school teacher.
Author and columnist
Cofounder and artistic director of Speak Up
Professional storyteller and public speaker
I also occasionally earn money writing musicals and screenplays, performing standup, and most recently recording the audio version of my latest book.
My business card (designed by the clever Elysha Dicks) reads:
Despite all that I already do, the joyous and frustrating thing about my life is there is so much more I want to do. I keep a running list of careers that I would love to try if given the time and opportunity.
CEO of Boy Scouts of America
CEO of Girl Scouts of America
Professional poker player
Hot dog vendor at an MLB stadium
President of the United States
Some careers are more realistic than others, and I’d be excited about some more than others, but I’m also passionate about every single one of them.
It kills me to think I might not be able to do them all.
With all the remarkable and fascinating and compelling things in this world, how could anyone possibly have absolutely no career ambitions?
Shouldn’t everyone have a list of possible future dream jobs?
Do you? Would you be willing to share?