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?