The standard question is ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ Sometimes kids answer quickly but are we asking the right question?
I can remember when I was seven, at school and sitting at the back of the classroom. Each child had to take their turn, stand up, and tell everyone what they wanted to be when they grew up. When it was my turn, I stood up and said I want to be an artist. I had never thought about this question before, I just knew my creativity gave me joy.
I went to art school and did graphic design. My first job was with a world-leading Ad agency, and it was an exciting game and I became a nerdy creative. Wow, have times changed. I’ve embraced the changes and love most of our new digitally connected lives. BUT…
We can expect 50% of jobs to disappear with artificial intelligence. 30% of people are now self-employed in the US, and it’s predicted to grow.
Even if children choose now what they want to be when they grow up, that job may not be there in the future. It’s a scary thought.
We may have more choice and opportunity than ever before. However, we’re also more confused, overwhelmed and stressed than ever before. The mid-life crisis has morphed into an identity crisis and starts at an early age. Thank you social media! I predict a big pushback and I’m starting to see this now in the media.
Here’s an interesting question to ask yourself, friends and children.
Who do I want to be?
What kind of life do I want to live?
I don’t know about you, but I find these exciting times and look forward to the next ten years and can see how being authentic and guided by our values is key to a life lived well.
I’m curious if this resonates with you too?