Thinking Big About Your Career

When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?

I wanted to be either a doctor or a famous movie actress. Both unlikely since I still nearly faint at the sight of blood and the chances of becoming a movie star are very slim. But when I was a kid, I didn’t think about the odds against me, I was just thinking big.

While what I want to be now has dramatically changed, that doesn’t mean I can’t still think the same way about the things I want now.

The concept of thinking big is something that gets pushed to the way side as you get older. As adults, thinking big is at odds with what makes sense, what I can afford, or what will make my parents or partner happy. In effect, many of us lose the ability to think big and rather just set our sights on what we think we can actually get.

But I challenge you to recapture your ability to think really big about your career. I was prompted with this idea when I came across a famous quote from Barry Wishner, a business consultant, speaker, writer, and advisor to business leaders. The quote is titled, Aim So High You’ll Never Be Bored. Part of the full quote is as follows;

“The greatest waste of our natural resources is the number of people who never achieve their potential…If you think you can’t, you wont. If you think you can, there’s a good chance you will. Even making the effort will make you feel like a new person…Aim low: boring. Aim high: soaring.”

With this is mind, think about what you’re working toward and see if you can aim higher and think bigger. Go back to that childhood mentality and think big about your career. Don’t settle and be bored with your work, instead take a chance, aim high and start realizing your potential. You could find that your seemingly unrealistic dreams can turn into a reality.

Do you think big about your career?


4 thoughts to “Thinking Big About Your Career”

  1. I have always thought big in my long career and have never been disappointed. Even if I fell short of my ultimate target I felt much better about myself and knew that I tried. I like what Barry said, when you aim low you get bored and if you aim high you soar. I wouldn’t be in the same job after 40 years if I made my job boring. Your article is very inspirational and should give those that are a little uncertain to test of waters of thinking BIG.

    1. Thanks for your comment. It is very important to at least try and reach your potential, because even if you fail, you know that you tried and will probably end up with more opportunities than before.

  2. When I was four I told my mom that I wanted to be a fighter pilot. Throughout my school years I was asked by various teachers what my dreams were and when I told them I wanted to be a fighter pilot, they all told me that it was too hard and I should be more realistic.
    Fortunately for me, my mom was a 5’1″ tiger and made sure that realism wasn’t part of the equation and she made sure both my brother and I followed our dreams.
    I ended up flying fighter jets for many years thanks to a lifelong dreams and a mom that believed in a boys dream. Don’t ever let anyone tell you something cannot be done, believe in yourself and others will too.

    1. What an awesome example of thinking big! Not a lot of people have that kind of tenacity to reach their dreams and you’re also lucky to have support along the way. Thanks so much for sharing!

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