And The Winner Is…

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Tucson, AZ!! That was the correct answer to my silly game, “Where in the world is Darlene?” Jennifer Fuller from Small Business Boomer won the contest! It was an easy contest, and I finally get to give a way a prize. My favorite book by Ron Fry, 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions. Jennifer, thank you for playing with me while I am traveling (yes, I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home). I am excited to send you the book. Please send me an email with your mailing address and I will have the book delivered to you.

So, now that you know I am for real, and I really want to give a way fabulous prizes, what will it take to get you to play? I am looking for people who are brave enough to share their story right here at Interview Chatter. I want to give a way two books this time. How do you win a book? Good question, glad you asked!

We are running a contest this month here on the Business Channel, in honor of Take Your Daughter and Son to Work Day. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It is really that simple. I am looking for 10 or more people to leave a comment this week with their story. If you leave a comment for the Business Channel contest this week, I will do a random drawing for the two books next Sunday and announce the winners on Monday. So, really you get two for the price of one. Your comment this week will automatically enter you into the Business Channel contest and you will also be entered into my book giveaway. Very simple! I know you want to play!

What did you want to be when you grew up? What are you doing today? Was your dream fulfilled? If not, why not? If so, how did you accomplish it? Tell us your story. It doesn’t have to be too long, but if I like it, I may feature you in an upcoming post. Click here to see the full details. Get your friends involved, I know you know someone who has a great story to tell. C’mon, jump in and play!

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  • djp

    would like a chance here

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi DJP, please leave a comment about what you wanted to be when you grow up. That will be your entry into the contest. If you have a story to tell please feel free to leave your story!

    Thanks for stopping by Interview Chatter!

  • Dawn Hatton

    I wanted to be a pediatrican and take care of all the babies!!!

  • Jodi

    I wanted to be a singer, and although I have a fairly decent voice, it simply wasn’t meant to be. Turned out for the better, though! I would’ve have loved the fortune had I made it big, but hated the fame.

  • Sandra Blackford

    I love reading and can never get enough. I always wanted to be an author. I have a hundred stories running around in my head!

  • Dana

    I thought I wanted to be an engineer…I loved math so much! But I had no idea, and changed my major 3 times in college. It made things tough, but better to make those decisions back then and have no regrets! I ended up in medical diagnostics research on my path to eventually obtain my MBA and enjoy a long career in Competitive Intelligence…

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Dawn, Jodi, Sandra, and Dana, Thanks for stopping by Interview Chatter tonight, leaving your comments and sharing your stories. Feel free to stop by any time!

  • Nathan C

    I have always wanted to own my own research company that focuses on researching nanomaterials.

    I am 21 now and am currently working on the dream by pursuing a degree in Materials Engineering followed by a Masters/Ph.D after I graduate.

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Nathan, thank you for visiting Interview Chatter tonight and sharing your dream. I wish you success! Don’t stop until you complete that dream!

  • Sandra Blackford

    I really admire authors who can weave words into an experience where we literally jump into the story. There are books that I just don’t want to end.

  • Marlo Atchison

    I really wanted to be a writer of wonderful stories.

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  • LeAndrew W. Taylor

    I wanted to be Michael Jordan! Though, I’ve settled (and proud of it) for coaching my son’s basketball team!

  • sandy

    an adult

  • Carol

    A jockey! I probably weigh more than a horse now!

  • Margaret Smith

    Thank you so much for offering this giveaway. I wanted to be a Mom more than anything….and now I am. Thanks so much.

  • Michael Goldberg

    Books, WOW!!!

  • Carol G

    Grew up wanting to be a nurse and found that it led to a variety of careers within the career–direct patient care, administration, teaching. Other things may be easier on the body but I suspect few can have so many emotional ups and downs in caring for and learning about people.

  • Rebecca Snodgrass

    I wanted to be a vetrinarian

  • Ashley Henley

    i wanted to be a vet

  • Linda Moeller

    I thought I’d be a psychologist or a math teacher. Alas, I’d LOVE to be a sports writer.

  • Judy Kramer

    I love books. It must be wonderful to be author.

  • Kathy M Whitney

    Smarter then when I was young!

  • Annette

    A Spy.

  • Suzie Lockhart

    I wanted to be a writer. Thanks for the contest.

  • Elizabeth Ray

    I wanted to be an astronaut. At the time, they were not even considering women, but I thought that might change. I later learned that my eyesight would keep me out, regardless of my gender. Instead, I got a degree in philosophy. (Needless to say, I am not employeed. Fortunately, we can afford for me to be a stay-at-home mom.)

  • Monique Rizzo

    I wanna be person that gives away dreams at Disneyland. How fun would that be?

  • Dan Smith

    I want to design rollercoasters.

  • Susan Smith

    I would love to be an animal doctor because I love dogs.

  • Angela J

    I wanted to be a princess!

  • R Hicks


  • Julie Ford

    I wrote in my baby book when I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a nurse when I grew up, and that’s exactly what I did!!

  • Valerie

    I wanted to do something ordinary,I think I actually wanted to work in a brewery like Laverne and Shirley.

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Sandra, Marlo, LeAndrew, Sandy, and Carol, Thank you all for visiting Interview Chatter today.

    Michael Goldberg, please tell us what you want to be when you grow up. That’s how you enter the contest for the book!! Look forward to hearing back from you!

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Margaret, Rebecca, Ashley, Linda, Judy, Kathy, and Annette, Thank you for stopping by Interview Chatter today!

    Annette, I don’t know how old you are, but I have to believe that the State Department has some job openings! Go for it!

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Suzie, Valerie, Elizabeth, Monique, Dan, Susan, Angela, R Hicks, and Julie, Thank you all for stopping by and leaving a comment today!

  • christina singer

    I wanted to be a lawyer. It took me until 35, but I’m finally on my way to law school!!

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Christina,

    Thank you for stopping by and making me a little jealous. I have always wanted to be a lawyer. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it is what I am suppose to be doing with my life, so, have stopped pursuing it. I believe I am suppose to be teaching, speaking and preaching. So that is what I am doing. Not on a very large scale yet, but I do believe one day in the not to distant future I will be speaking multitudes of people!!

    Christina have fun in Law School! Go for it and stop by every now and then and let me know how you are doing.

  • Lisa Fosses

    I wanted to be a PHD Psychologist.

  • Alta Whisnant

    I wanted to be a teacher.

  • Janice Wright

    I wanted to be a teacher. When I was growing up there were very few career choices for women, mainly just teachers & nurses. Most women I knew back then were housewives like my mother.

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Lisa, Alta and Janice, Thank you for stopping by Interview Chatter and participating in the contest!! Feel free to stop by any time!

  • Cindi Aylor

    I wanted to be a truck driver. I always thought I could get married and have one of those husband and wives parter things going on. I ended up an MRI tech which worked out much better for all and the past 1/2 year or so I’v been a SAHM and that’s even better…….who’d have thought?

  • jean Miller

    A mom!

  • valerie mabrey

    A vet or be like gorilla’s in the mist

  • Crystal F

    I wanted to be a grade school teacher. It didn’t happen for a lot of reasons though. I’m now a mommy to two beautiful girls and I am their personal teacher. lol I am looking at going back to school once my youngest starts K. Thank you!

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Good Morning Cindi, Jean, Valerie, and Crystal! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your entry.

    Valerie, I don’t understand the “Gorilla’s in the Midst”? Is that a movie? Do tell… :)

  • Brian Higgins

    Because I have been raised to recycle and use energy wisely, I have wanted to be a nuclear engineering – and learning how textiles can benefit this learning is a big part of my future!

  • Elizabeth M.

    I changed my mind all the time about what I wanted to be when I grew up. The only constant was that I knew I wanted to get married and have be a mom. In fact, that’s exactly what I did and I’ve stayed home with my kids their entire childhood. This is my last year. My baby is flying out of the nest next year. I’m going to go back to work to help with my loneliness. I don’t know what I’ll do yet but I do know that I’ll never regret having taken all these years off of work to stay home.

  • Vicky Boackle

    a nurse.

  • Susan

    President and ballet dancer!

  • http:// Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Brian, Elizabeth, Vicky and Susan! Thank you for visiting Interview Chatter.

    Susan, it is not too late for you to run for President!! Throw your name in the race!! We could use a really good candidate!!

  • Nycole Klein

    I wanted to be an actress, and I did give it a shot. I loved it, but realized that I would probably never get to the point where I could have my own opinion be respected, it’s usually all about the director. I’m glad I didn’t pursue it because I would never want to deal with the hassles of the paparazi and internet that people deal with now.

  • Sue Farrell

    I grew up in the 60′s–so you can maybe understand why I wanted to be a politician or an activist. Luckily, I became practical in college and became an accountant instead—but I still yearn to be active in the political arena.

  • bob

    I wanted to be a famous musician like Barry Manilow! Christ!!!!!

  • Leigh Nichols

    I wanted to be loved :)
    And I am :)

  • Kim Balderas

    I wanted to be a vet

  • Melissa

    I wanted to be a teacher. I grew up to be a homeschool mom.

  • joe gersch


  • joan o

    I wantefd to be an architect until I realized I was not good at Math

  • Linda Russell

    I wanted to be a figure skater in the winter olympics!

  • Lucy Robbins

    I wanted to be the President.

  • Heather’s Habitat

    I wanted to fly the F-15 fighter plane in the Air-Force.

  • Lee R.

    When I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher and help kids learn. I finished my PhD a couple of years ago, have taught a number of university classes, and currently work publishing educational materials for kids.

  • Leslie


  • Carissa

    I wanted to be a journalist of some sort and I ended up with degrees in public relations and sport management.

  • Catherine copeland

    I wanted to be a mommy, a wife, and a teacher. I’m blessed because I’ve lived all my dreams.

  • trudee carreiro

    my daughter wants to be a journalist

  • Hazel

    When I was growing up I wanted to be a hair stylist, and would sit for hours styling my barbie’s hair. Then I wanted to be a veternarian and then a forensic scientist. I could never decide!

  • Sammy Shelton

    I want to be a paleontologist, or a veterinarian.

  • Lori Berman

    Wildlife Photographer. Love the animals

  • Lara Aleff

    I want to be a pediatrician!

  • Betty Curran

    I wanted to be a nurse. I read all the usual teen-age stories about nurses and though it would be great – until I discovered I had absolutely no aptitude for science!
    I turned to math and have enjoyed success in accounting and owning my own business.
    Oh, by the way, I get to brag that my daughter is a nurse :)

  • phillip stacy

    I wanted to win the lottery and retire young

  • Michelle Simons

    I was always writing movie stars and wanted to be a movie casting director. My bedroom was full of posters you could not find the door. lol

  • Rachel Robertson

    I wanted to be a Meterologist just like my dad and after years and years and years I finally achieved my dream!

  • Sand

    I wanted to be a teacher.

  • Susan White

    I wanted to be a nurse but now I can’t stand the sight of blood!

  • Judy

    I wanted to be a vet! Now I’m just a dog owner!

  • C Duran

    I had a long list of things I wanted to be: cowgirl, teacher, farmer, dance teacher and garbage collector!

  • Susie Stewart

    I wanted to be Wonder Woman and fly around saving people from the bad guys !

  • Karen M

    I wanted to be a writer :(

  • jen gersch

    dolly parton

  • Catherine copeland

    I always wanted to be a wife a teacher and a mother. In my life I have been those things and so much more

  • Bobbye F

    I wanted to be a lawyer. One day it might happen!

  • hazel hunt


  • Kayce C.

    I wanted to do scientific research. I haven’t done it yet, but I still might.

  • Heidi K

    I always wanted to be a MOM! crazy huh?

  • Bonnie Daiello

    The only thing I ever wanted to be was a mother and I was blessed 3 times!

  • wanda flanagan

    I wanted to work with animals which is what I am doing now

  • Susanne Troop

    An accountant!

  • Lindsey Kuser

    I want to be a nurse

  • Michelle Rosborough

    I wanted to be a Go-Go dancer

  • Donna Kozar

    I wanted to be a doctor. I made it!

  • Brittany Rebello

    Please enter me!

  • Brittany Rebello

    Please enter me! I wanted to be a teacher, but changed my mind just recently when I realized they were cutting budgets and elimintating alot of teachers in my state.

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