I cringe every time I hear a parent tell their child, “You can be whatever you want to be…” and not because that isn’t true but because it shouldn’t necessarily be true. If we are being honest (which is always a good policy) then we must admit that we are better at some things than we are at others. For example, I am better at construction and carpentry than I am at running a business or sales and yet I earn my living at the latter two. It’s not a sin that I do this but were I a carpenter you would love the quality of the work that I produced for you especially compared to the moderate quality I provide you in both my sales job and the business I own.
It’s a lose lose scenario when we end up pursuing vocations that don’t play to our natural strengths. You don’t get the satisfaction of performing at the level of excellence you are capable of and your customers don’t get the satisfaction of experiencing an expertly delivered product or service.
Want to make jewelry but know that your strength lies in numbers? Then make you living at being an accountant. There’s a little thing called a hobby that you can use to satisfy your passion. Get a job where you bring your natural strengths and abilities to the table and then get a hobby. Then everybody wins. Besides, you never know where a hobby can take you in the future.
Just remember, the student that finishes medical school at the bottom of the class is still called “Doctor” even after their 4th medical malpractice law suit.