April 2, 2012
When was the last time you asked yourself “What do I want to be when I grow up?” If you really think about it, this is a loaded question that has the potential to be a simple tool in helping us focus on our goals in life, and guide the choices we make. However, I find the typical response is one that involves only the professional career choice of the individual. “I want to be a doctor....” “I want to be a professional basketball player....” “I want to be a graphic designer….” Is your career choice really what you will be as a person? Does that kind of answer truly explain what you plan to do with your life and how you will use your most precious resource: time? And what indicates when you’ve reached that “grown up” status? Isn’t “grow” by definition an ongoing process? As we grow into ourselves, we are always learning, always working, always being, and always doing something. I always want to be a change agent when I grow up. I want to be the kind of person who figures out what they’re good at and uses those skills to impact the world around them, both in a professional and personal capacity. I want to improve my community and I want to help make the good things great. I want to follow Gandhi’s advice and “be the change you wish to see in the world.” I want to use skills such as my organization skills to make sure all the moving pieces of an event fundraising project are in unison, so that everyone on my team can focus more on their individual piece of the puzzle in making the event a success, which translates to more funds raised for an organization to make an even bigger impact in the community. I want to use my facilitation skills to encourage conversations around new ideas and innovations that my team can bring to the industry.
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