What did you want to be when you grew up?

As kids we have a strong sense of imagination. We’re usually wildly creative with any and everything we do as kids. And that’s no exception for when we’re thinking of what we want to be when we grow up. It can be a big decision with so many different choices. But nine times out of ten we jump towards one or two jobs we’d love to have. It could be a firefighter, to an astronaut, to the president of your country.

And that’s awesome. We find the courage and confidence to put our dreams out there in the world. We could care less what people think about them. And they’re usually very ambitious goals and dreams. But we often lose that creative and confident spirit as we grow older and acclimate to society. It’s important to reignite that childlike ambition often. So what did you want to be when you grew up?

Here’s what I wanted to be when I grew up and my thoughts on it.

As a child I was very imaginative and creative. I would always think about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Teachers would ask almost bi-yearly, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And it was hard to answer most times. Naturally kids will follow others and say some of the go to answers. “I want to be a singer, actor, or basketball player!” Those were awesome choices but I had high hopes.

So I couldn’t think of much except of the most respectable jobs there was. I would say I want to be president of the U.S. one day. And that was usually my anwers to any teachers, strangers, and of course long lost relatives. Everyone loved that answer and thought I was a bold, ambitious, and smart kid. My parents even approved of it. And they both had doctorate degrees in the medical field, so they weren’t easy to impress.

But as time went on, I started to think a little deeper about my answer. The president had so much responsibility. He had to keep an entire nation safe and thriving. He had to police the whole world for goodness sake. He had to make and approve big and strict rules. And I was always one to hate silly rules and often silently rebeled against authority. I knew deep in my heart I wasn’t cut out for a president.

And when I went back to the drawing board it became much clearer. My true dream job was to be an inventor. I loved coming up with novel and creative ideas that solved problems. Every time I had a school project I would take the opportunity to create some new exciting product with a fancy name and all. I would always find new ways to be innovate from selling candy to schoolmates from my cubby to making a super-multi-cup that held six different drinks at once.

Okay, okay, my ideas were’nt always practical, or really allowed in school. (I told you I rebeled against authority.) But I would hear about amazing inventors like Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla and I would smile from ear to ear. How amazing would it be to wake up everyday and find an annoying problem and design a completely new invention to make the world a better place. They were living the life.

Inventor was my true dream job as a child. And it was always the same as grew older through the years. That’s how I knew it was the one. And even now there’s still a trace of being an inventor in everything I do. It may have been renamed engineer in high school, and now entrepreneur today. But I will always be a true inventor in my heart.

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