What do you want to be when you grow up?

We have all been asked this question, at some point in our lives but most likely when we were wee children. What do you want to be when you grow up? When children are asked this question their typical socially acceptable responses are; policeman/woman, astronaut, teacher, lawyer, fireman/woman, etc. So young and already programmed to think inside of a box. However, there are always those few who think the impossible, beyond the sky limits and in creative spaces no one has ever imagined.

How can time take this skill away from us and how can we get it back when it escapes us? When we were children we saw people and things with a different lens. We were not jaded by the realities of life, in fact, we are purposely protected from this. Then one day, for some early for others later, we all of the sudden lose touch with our amazing ability to be children. One day we wake up and have to be professional, we have to think before we speak, we must be a realist and we must be adults!

Children’s minds are free they don’t judge they just do, when fostered it can lead to adventure, invention and innovation. They are in their fully committed to their imagination and most importantly they don’t judge their thoughts they embrace them.

The easy part is we still have the ability of children as adults, it is taking the time to find them behind years of experiences. They may be rusty, foggy, cloudy and appear to be almost invisible. Dig deep inside, look at the children in your life for inspiration. Why is this important, because you must answer the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” several times in your life. I know I have and every time the answer changes. But we all know the more things change the more things stay the same. When I grow up I want to be happy! This is the ultimate answer to the infamous question. Why you ask because life is a journey, not a destination.

You will always be evolving, you may not notice it but one day you will look at yourself and say I am not who I was yesterday. You are not the same person during childhood, nor your teenage years, nor your 20’s, 30’s, the 40’s… and so on. We are always learning and becoming, if you focus on those two things you will know how to answer the question what do you want to be when you grow up?

Sometimes that new journey is leaving your job that brings income and stability. This is a fearful, painful and confusing place to be no matter what age. But do not threat, there is always a way, just ask yourself what do you want to be when you grow up. Listen to your soul, believe in your inner spirit and follow your dreams. Everything else will fall in place at the right time!

If you find yourself at a destination, stop and recalculate your GPS. Slowly navigate through your inner child and find your new life journey.

What do you want to be when you grow up? HAPPY and ALIVE !!!!

“But you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins.

— Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

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Are you working to live or Living to work?

Are you working to live or Living to work? I am 37 years old and I have never asked myself this question until I began thinking through my 20 years of work life experiences. In retrospect, I questioned myself this more often than not. “I work so hard and seem to go nowhere?”, “I like my job, but do I love doing it?”, Why can I not take time off when I want and when I need it?”… These and much more subtle thoughts consumed my mind. I blew them off by defaulting to “I had a bad day at work, tomorrow will be better”.

As a society it is embedded in our thinking we must have 8 hour work days and 40 hour work weeks. Our “shaped” thinking is validated by over glorifying happy hour Fridays and sleeping “in” weekends. Then we are compensated by a 2-week wait paycheck, that does not last until the next pay period. Leading us to depend on the “credit card cycle” (but that is an entirely different topic). The 9 to 5 mentality has paralyzed our society.

Please do not interpret this as not wanting to work hard for a good life. I believe in productive work, but I also believe we were created to play, explore and experience life. In other words, work smarter not harder.

The difference between working smarter and not harder is knowledge and using leverage. Now, this within itself is an introspective journey. You must look deep inside yourself and sift through old thinking and find new ways of thinking. This process can be exhausting and painful but in the long run, you will be grateful.

The knowledge process is not something you can find in a book. That is the beauty while learning you are growing!!! Introspective thinking and processing will lead you towards finding an interest, passion and/or curiosity within. Brainstorm your thoughts with your inner child, trusted family, and friends. Now it is IMPERATIVE during this time of vulnerability that you stay honest and true to yourself but most of all BELIEVE. I say this with such zeal because this is the time when people can get “down and dirty” with their old school way of thinking. Try to find like minded people to mastermind with.

I ask again are you working to live or living to work?

Now let’s tackle leverage. Google defines it as to “use (something) to maximum advantage”. If you are moving from an apartment to a house, typically you ask friends for help. This is using leverage, but let’s season it to taste. You brainstorm and realize your friend’s brother owns a moving company. You leverage that relationship to maximize the outcome. You’re leveraging this relationship in hopes of less labor and spending as little money as possible in the end. Do those two scenarios connect?

Great, now let’s use that concept and put into a business scenario. We have entrepreneur 1 and 2, let’s give them names, Edmond and Juana. They are both in business for themselves and are both very successful in what they do. Juana has more time to focus on things that are important in her life. How can Juana live this lifestyle? She leverages other like-minded entrepreneurs; she puts in work, reaps the benefits but also shares her business opportunity with others. They reap what they sow, Juana benefits financially from this relationship, as the other entrepreneurs do from by using this model.

There is an end to the rat race and there is a way to change living to work to working to live. If you would like more information please click below.


– To your success, – D

“Take responsibility for your finances – or get used to taking orders for the rest of your life. You’re either a master of money or a slave to it. Your choice – Robert T. Kiyosaki(The Business of the 21st Century, )”