The Wisdom We Had As Children

The Last Lecture

How often do we decide on a career based on it's money making ability alone?

When I was in high school I got a job at McDonalds because I really needed money. Since then I've changed jobs a couple of times but stayed within that job category because it was what I knew and it was easier. But publishing just one blog on Hubpages made me happier than getting paid at the job I have now. While I'm not going to quit the job I have now, it did make me start thinking about the choices I made.

When I was a child I loved drawing and writing stories. Sure all children draw during elementary school but my interest continued on through high school. I had stories and drawings scattered all over my room and devoted hours to it.Until I stopped for no good reason. The stories stayed with me though I stopped writing them down. I love my life and am not completely unhappy with my job. It helps pay the bills after all. I realized though that there is room to grow and listen to my childish dream. I'm taking a step in that direction but what about anyone else who caged their dreams?

There's lots of research done on early career choice and thousands of people have found happiness and wealth following the interests they had growing up. We call them anything from movie stars to athletes, nerds, slackers, firefighters and everything in between. No matter what you love doing there really is a job for you.

Kids Answer

What do you want to be when you grow up?

We are always asked that question as children and usually have at least a dozen different answers. As children we are expected, even encouraged to dream of the seemingly impossible but through high school we are pressured to make choices that would be the most successful and would bring the most money. But remember, as children we naturally only did what made us happy. We ran, screaming , for the simple joy of running. We wanted to be rockstars, baseball players, writers, dancers, zebras (maybe just me?) and astronauts. Remember our inner child who tells us nothing is impossible. This is actually more true today with the thousands of opportunities technology and our current society opens up to us.

Don't believe me? Do some searches on the topic and you find plenty of real life people doing what they loved as children. Examples include the guy who loved playing with Legos as a child and found a career with the company or all the veterinarians who simply loved animals as children.

Help Tips On Liking Your Job.

I'm not suggesting that if you don't like your job to quit and become a racecar driver. There are ways to work with what you already have. Maybe you love sewing your own clothes, painting, or singing? It's possible for your hobbies to actually make you money or get you noticed. Sell clothes you made or your paintings on ebay. There are little cafes or clubs that accept local performances and you never know, that can lead to getting paid performances.

Maybe you are still not sure what you're passionate about? Try volunteering to help out in different projects at work. This will gain you the appreciation of your coworkers and possibly allow you to transfer to another area of your job. There are dozens of ways to rediscover your passion in life

It's never too late to remember the wisdom you had as a child that told you to dream. So, tell me, what did you want to be when you grow up?


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

I really like your bub, I think we do tend to get too smart for our own good as time passes. We get so bogged down with the counsel of too many that we forget the basics. I think you can find a career or business choice that you are passionate about and be wealthy if that's what you want. I also think you can be extremely happy with far less than wealth. The more money I made, the more problems I had.


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kennynext 6 years ago from Everywhere

Hi. Maybe it is best to keep the inner child and never grow up. Great hub.


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

The deepest and most meaningful happiness comes from marching to your own drumbeat. Some may beat the drum to waitress positions while others need some other type of work to feel inner peace. Make your goals in line with your values and march to who you are..... Great hub.

Full Speed Ahead, One Inch At A Time.


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Full Speed Ahead, One Inch At A Time. I love that! Thanks for the thoughtful comments


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I wanted to be a stewardess when I was young but never grew tall enough back in the day - as you had to be five foot two. Things have changed a lot since then. I have worked at many jobs and learned from each one. Interesting hub.


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Stewardess sounds like a great job. Let you travel and see new places. Thanks so much!


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

Growing up, I always wanted to be a wife and mother. Job wise, I wanted to make money from sewing. People always treated me like I was crazy. Told me I should be a teacher or a mechanic. I listened with one ear, and kept going in my own way. I am a wife and mother, who homeschools. I have worked as a seamstress and designed several wedding dresses. I also ran a childcare and taught preschool for a while.

I believe that remembering what you knew as a child is so important for knowing what you most value.


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

People actually tried to discourage you? Beautiful clothes can be expensive and I would love to learn to sew my own, I don't think I have the attention span though. Clothes designing is a job that will never go away so keep at it!


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dosters 6 years ago from Chicago

I remember a friend of mine whose son said that he wanted to be a fire truck when he grew up. Not a fire MAN, a fire TRUCK. Be true to your dreams!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Do what you love--such wisdom in those simple yet profound words. Now, are you ready for a lovely surprise? Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination!! Wheeee...read this forum post to see what it's all about. Please follow the instructions and the links so you could vote! Thanks for this inspirational hub. :)


BenjaminB 6 years ago

Evvy for some it just takes a long time for the right thing to come along and find them.Myself I have the intelligence to be anything I ever chose to be and have had jobs spanning at least 20 different fields in my life.I am finding that I too enjoy this more than anything I have ever done and am completely pouring all of my effort into it.Of course we have to pay the bills so just treat your job like a hobby and save your passion for here :).


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

REALLY???!!! Wow! I just got off work, feet were killing me but now I wanna run around screaming. lol I never thought I was good enough yet. Thanks Ripplemaker!

dosters, my friend's son wanted to be a fire truck too. I guess that's not as wanting to be a zebra. :-) Thanks for commenting!

Benjamin, thank you I will. I really hope to publish a book in the next couple years. Maybe get that story out of my head lol. Here's to writing!

Wow three comments in one day lol. Its a record for me. I feel special.


mary 6 years ago

love this.

i hope one day to accomplish my childhood dreams.

i'm half way there with my son :)

love you CK :)


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Thanks girl. You will accomplish anything you want, you're very stubborn. :-) Love ya too.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Wonderful hub. I agree with the others, follow your passion. Your inner child knows what you want. I suspect that you have the skill, creativity and determination to get that book published. Rated up, awesome and you have a new fan.


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Thanks for the great compliments and for the follow.


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Seafarer Mama 6 years ago from New England

Great hub. Great reminder. I love to do the things my daughter enjoys most with her...keeps me in touch with my inner child...and keep writing on hub pages about all of those things, too. Thanks for sharing!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Congrats on your nomination, evvy_09! What a thrill that must be. This hub takes me back to all those years I followed the advice of others, never really pursuing my OWN path. Thank God for aging-I'm finally doing what I love.

Awesome job-beautifully written!


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Thanks Seafarer Mama, glad to know we have another wise inner child! Love your name.

Lorlie, yes it was. I'm sure my family heard about it at least a hundred times. I too, am glad that I've learned that while I should listen to advice of older, more experienced people I should never take it if it goes against my heart. Life without passion is pointless. Thanks


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK

Great hub - never let that child within grow up.


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Thanks leni. Trust me, my inner child will never grow up and right now it's wanting Juicy Juice lol.

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