Childhood Ambitions

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Posted March 14, 2011 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Gina over at “A Wooden Nickel for Your Thoughts” has been posting a thought provoking question for bloggers to comment on for her Lenten commitment. And while I definitely don’t have the stamina to answer her brilliant questions every day, this one was career oriented and I simply had to comment.

What was your big childhood dream? Are you still pursuing it?
If yes, how? If no, how did you reconcile that within yourself?

In the sixth grade, our class was assigned a task; to write an autobiography, but to do so as if we were 100 years old and at the end of our lives. The task was exhilarating for me, and I dove right in. Of course, there were fancy cars, amazing homes and all kinds of sixth grader type dreams. But one thing sticks out in my mind. I said that the culmination of my career was become the first female commissioner of baseball.

Am I still pursuing it? You bet I am! It’s a job I think about often. And while I don’t have a great deal of confidence in the fact that I might actually become the commissioner of baseball (or the publisher of Vogue, but that’s another dream), I make decisions based on whether or not they’d be the right path for a commissioner of baseball….which brings me to the piece of advice I’ll bestow in this post.

Make decisions today thinking about your ultimate dream goals. Will you be proud of today’s decisions when they’re listed in your bio 30 years from now when you’ve gotten to your dream job? The next job you’re offered or the next position you take, ask yourself, “Will I be happy, when I’m the commissioner of baseball, to have my bio say, “Ms. Twete once served as head of X at Y company?” If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, it’s the wrong path.

So even if you don’t believe you’ll get to your sixth grade dream job, make decisions like you do. It might just steer you in the right direction.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

2 Comments


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    Gina Marie

    Well, I of course LOVE that you answered the prompt! Please continue to weigh in if others interest you.

    Moreover, I love that your big dreams are so diverse. Isn't that how it should be? Vogue and the commisioner of MLB shouldn't be mutually exclusive goals. :)





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