What do you want to be when you grow up?
This is the question that most of the students receive from their family from a very young age.
We understand the encouragement given towards more lucrative fields, which is often the reason why a well-paid career has more importance over one we are passionate about. But, financial stability is not the main aspect to prioritize when choosing a career.
The point of view may vary for every student according to the mentality and the cultural environment they grow in. Some will be more influenced in their thinking than others, whether it is in a positive or in a negative way.
Regardless of these kinds of subjective influences, everyone has something in common: a purpose, an inner voice.
Unfortunately, not all of us get the right advice or assistance on how to discover and pursue what our heart and our intuition want. Your truth can be hard to face-discover, and even harder to admit to other people if you feel that you need validation from them. When you are less needy and you have more inner stability, you are motivated and focused to follow what you deep down want, as it requires courage and confidence to do what your inner voice says.
Fortunately, the number of persons that help others to become what they always wanted to be when they grew up is increasing. Coaches, motivational speakers, artists, business men and women, or simply anybody who followed their passion, take advantage of their voice to encourage others with their personal experiences. A perfect example is this quote by Steve Jobs.
Personally, as I were older, I noticed how many interests I had, to the point I found it difficult to narrow down my career choices, which was even more frustrating if I considered the external pressure of having my life planned in order to be successful, knowing how much life's situations can twist and turn along the way, as well as all the factors determining so.
I believe the money's worth is not even close to the one of feeling fulfilled by the experience of a career you are passionate of, and of a joyful life and work that honors your purpose and your own vision for success.
Even though since my childhood I have been highly and constantly questioned about which careers or universities I like, I have never truly paid attention enough to find myself overwhelmed with all the information, all the possibilities, and all of the others' related opinions.
I remember I have always shared the idea of having multiple incomes, as I am attracted to a personal and a professional independence which would allow me to achieve a work-life balance without being stuck at boring routines. Also, I have always wanted to be part of something bigger than just myself.
I will make my decisions when it is time for what is next, taking into consideration my personal interests, my goals, my preparation background, my natural gifts and talents, and my passion.