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Take time to reflect on who you want to BE as a person and don’t let a career choice define who you are.

One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the struggle almost every teenager faces in deciding what you want to do when you grow up. All throughout your childhood, and even more so in your teen years, you are asked over and over, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” It is as if every teenager is supposed to have their whole career path chosen before they graduate from high school. When I was a teenager, I wanted to pursue a career as an aerospace engineer, a robotics developer, a high-tech farm designer, a florist, and probably a half dozen other fields.

There are some people who ask the above question a little differently. They’ll ask the question, “What do you want to BE when you grow up?” Too often, people associate the answer to that question with a career or job as if a career or job defines who we are. I would challenge you to answer that question as it reads, “What do you want to BE when you grow up?”

Do you want to BE rich? Do you want to BE a generous giver? Do you want to BE a loving spouse? Do you want to BE famous? Do you want to BE a loving parent? Do you want to BE a leader in your community or country? Do you want to BE happy? Do you want to BE the best in the world at what you choose to do? Do you want to BE a world traveler?

When you answer the question in those terms, your future choice for a career will be decided on whether it allows you to BE the person you want to BE. A career choice should not define us any more than our gender or race. Who we are and who we become is determined by the choices we make each and every day of our lives regardless of our career choice.

If you decide to BE a person who brings out the best in others, then the interactions you have with other students at school will be a reflection of that desire. In order to BE true to yourself, you will choose to stand up for those who are bullied so that they can allow their best to shine. You will not participate with your peers when they are tearing others down. Day by day, your actions will either bring you closer to becoming the person you want to BE or take you farther away.

Take some time out of your busy schedule, turn off all your gadgets, and reflect on who you want to BE when you grow up. A career choice should not be what defines you, only enhancing who you ARE and want to BE.

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