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What do you want to be? What do your kids want to be? How do childhood experiences affect your career?
Knowing what we know now, at 40+, would any of us go to an 18-year old for vocational guidance? I don’t think so! Thankfully, we grow and evolve. However, there’s still that inner child who dreamed of one day being someone spectacular…before they realized they did not have the required talent, smarts or tenacity necessary to pull it off.
As a young girl, i wanted to be on the cover of magazines…as a model. I also wanted to be a singer but, alas, God cursed me with a mediocre voice and a perfect ear. I am always the first one to hear my missed notes.
At 30, post-divorce, and after several years doing radio traffic, i realized i wanted to be an advertising sales person – they seemed to have all the fun and make all the money.
20 years of that was enough. I had priced myself out of the industry, so i chose to write a book to help others sell more of whatever they were selling – primarily by building better relationships. And my favorite way to build them was to take clients to lunch. After more than 3,000 client lunches, i had seen my sales increase by more than 2,000% – so with that credential, i wrote “The Art of the Business Lunch ~ Building Relationships Between 12 and 2.”
I haven’t yet been on the cover of a magazine…but i was featured in Newsweek…so i guess it all comes around. Besides, by the time i was in my mid-20’s, i realized that i would much rather be featured on a magazine cover for accomplishing something….rather than as just a model.
Writing lead me to a professional speaking career – and there’s still time to be featured on a magazine cover. Of course, a web site could be perceived as a magazine cover of sorts. :) I absolutely love writing and speaking…and helping others to achieve their goals. I’m still as optimistic as ever…though i have given up on the singing career.
Celebrate Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day on April 24!