Good question, huh; is 2012 the year it happens? Quite the dilemma for me because as soon as you grow up, you grow old, right? I know my wife is certainly ready for me to figure it out, but I am having too much fun to worry about it right now.
Where are you now?
Whatever your ‘occupation’ is, was it on your ‘I want to be’ list when you were younger? If not, when did the light come on; if it ever did?
Other than wanting to be a professional athlete, my short list was butt doctor, dentist and liar.
I have always been a ‘butt’ guy, and remember telling someone in elementary school I wanted to be a ‘butt’ doctor. This person immediately told the teacher what I said, and I was so embarrassed. It was probably then I decided to figure out my plan B.
My best buddy at the time (who’s father was a lawyer) and I were playing in the orange grove by his house one day, when we came across some fruit pickers. They were taking a break so we started talking with them. One of them asked my friend what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he said ‘a lawyer’. I thought he said liar, so when they asked me I said ‘I want to be a liar too’. Of course, they all had a big laugh at my expense. My friend did grow up to be a lawyer but I have tried real hard not to be a professional liar, so fortunately I chose something else.
Dentist seemed lucrative and seemed an easier path than doctor; but that fell by the wayside when I found out you had to do well in school too.
My youngest son just graduated from college with a degree in Political Science and a concentration in Journalism. He ‘settled’ for those because he really did not know what he wanted to do, and we couldn’t continue to keep paying his out of state tuition.
Today’s job market is not too promising for people with just a generic type degree or no real direction in what they want to do.
Me? I did 3 years in the Army; 2 years of juco (and thought I wanted to be a CPA until I took my first upper level accounting course); and in between my Junior and Senior year in college at 24 years of age, insurance became my light bulb moment.
My reasoning? I was a business major and one of the core courses was Introduction to Insurance; and my girlfriend’s brother-in-law was a State Farm agent who appeared to be doing quite well and not working too hard. I have never been accused of being the sharpest tack in the box, but it didn’t take me long to put two and two together and say ‘hey, I can do that’.
I did pursue the insurance career, it has worked out, and I can’t imagine any other profession that would be better suited for my personality. Was it pre-destined? Maybe, maybe not. The only caveat is, sales looks much, much easier on the outside looking in, trust me.
How about you?
What is your story? Did you ever think you would be doing what you are doing today; was this destiny all along? Are you living your calling?
Who wants to take a mulligan because you need a ‘do-over’?
Raise your hand if you want to get paid just being social. In a way, I do get paid for just that; there are a few more parts involved than just being personable, but it is a big part of it and that is kind of cool. Social I can do.
How old are you?
I’m quelve and will be forever; please don’t tell my wife, but I might not ever grow up. While you are trying to decide, does anybody want to go outside and play with me?