When You Were a Child… Recently, I was talking to a personality specialist who was helping me determine which personality type I exuded most. Most of her questions began, “When you were a child…” asking about my innate behavior. Because there are so many outside influences from society as an adult, thinking back to how I behaved and reacted to situations as a child was more genuine to my actual personality traits. Children’s minds aren’t as aware of their surroundings, nor do they care as much what others think about them being introverted/extroverted, etc. Their behavior is pure and unjaded.
Advice from the Younger You One of the most common questions that I receive is how one knows if they’re working in the right career. There are so many options for work, how do they know they’re really playing to their strengths? What was your passion as a child? I know most kids, including my younger self, would give a laundry list of things they wanted to do/be. Usually, these lists would be chalked up to just being young and ambitious, but what if there’s more to that puzzle?
Look at the list of things you wanted to be—do they have something in common?
My List: – Dallas Cowboys Football player – Radio Host – Teacher – Broadway Star – Mayor – Artist
If you notice, all of career choices above were ways to stand out. I wanted to make a noticeable stand in the world and make a difference in others’ lives. Whether touching lives through entertainment or molding minds and making decisions, I wanted to be the one to help others.
I got in a world of trouble when I was in second grade. I understood all the concepts that we were learning about, so didn’t find it necessary to complete my homework on the subjects, but rather offer my assistance to anyone else in the class that didn’t grasp the concept as well. Christmas break came around and I had a huge stack of worksheets to complete if I didn’t want to be held back. Mom made me complete at least 7 per day on my break just to catch up!
These Days… I find myself working in non-profit in a position that directly works with the media, getting the word out about our organization and asking for more support from the community. Because of the work I’m doing, we are able to help many people in the community and continue to offer our services to those in need.
In my resume of positions, I’ve had multiple positions in non-profit. I laughed to myself asking why I keep going back to non-profit. It can be so exhausting trying to keep the organization’s head afloat while trying to serve those in need. It can wear on someone to continuously ask for donations, and putting on fundraising events is just downright insanity, but yet, I keep coming back to this world.
I’m making a difference and have the ability to help those around me. I love my job and am fulfilled by the results of my work. I have a team of co-workers that give their hearts to the organization and together we are successful!