What do you want to do when you grow up?

Fire TruckContinuing on from my post “I hate my job” I wanted to expand on some thoughts I had about how identifying someone by their job title can affect children and teenagers. When I was a child and into my teens I was constantly asked “what do you want to do when you grow up?” at a young age we are already being pigeon holed into a role.

I understand that we don’t often go into the careers we wanted to when we were kids, I wanted to be a firefighter and I don’t think I have ever been in a fire station (although I would still like to). As parents I believe we should be asking our children: What kind of person do you want to be? What sort of lifestyle would you like? WHO do you want to be? Not what job title would you like. I don’t actually care what grades my children get at school, to me this is completely irrelevant, I know all the richest people in the world have no real qualifications at all. I want my children to grow up to be well mannered, helpful, bright, enthusiastic, adventurous and fun people with plenty of good friends. If they can achieve all these things (and take some advice from their old man’s book) the rest will follow and they will have a great life. Academic achievement and job titles are irrelevant unless that’s really what you are good at or it makes you happy, otherwise you are just another “formula follower“.

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