Why I won’t ask my children what they want to be when they grow up

I don’t know about you, but as a child I used to dread that moment you got back to school and the teacher would ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Varying from one year to another, you also had to write down on a piece of paper what your favorite color was and if you had any brother or sister. Well, I picked up blue almost every year and yes, I had a brother. But as for what I wanted to be when I grow up, I never knew what to answer. I felt bad. Why didn’t I know?

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Life seemed an ocean of endless opportunities and discoveries : why should I confine myself into one tiny little box? So I filled up the form according to the mood of the moment : “astronaut”, “ballerina” or “physician”. The answers seemed to please my audience: I had declared an identity. And I didn’t want to.

As I grew older, I continued learning tons of brilliant stuff, studying hard, diving into myriads of subjects. I realized that what I thought was a weakness as a child is my strongest asset. It’s a joy and a gift to constantly challenge my own status quo with the need to understand, to share and to begin anew. Over the years, I went from being a teacher to being a successful entrepreneur. And each time I took another path, it made me grow up and it strengthened who I was. The skills, the experience built up. Because it’s everything I learned and discovered in the past that drove me where I am.

I arrive at yet another turn in my professional life. And it feels exciting and good. Life is an ocean of endless possibilities after all !

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Now you may ask : how can we reinvent ourselves? The good news is that it has never been that easy to go with passion for the things or the jobs that appeal to us. Would you love a career change, do you want to upgrade your knowledge ? Just search the internet and find what fits your desire! After my experience in retailing, I decided to go for the digital area and I enrolled into the Digital Marketing Nanodegree Program. I went for Udacity because they are passionate about what they do. Their mission is to make education accessible to the greatest possible number of people and they provide the best up-to-date, industry relevant courses in technology. I’m really enjoying myself, it’s been a month now that I’ve been learning, sharing and defining a new way forward with confidence.

So Welcome to your life. See what’s happening in the world right now. (Yes, it’s twitter-inspired) And make the best of it !