Friday, 23 May 2014

You Can Be Everything

My niece walked up to me, a small frown creasing her forehead. "Aunty" she said, "Must I be only one thing?"

"Of course not" I told her. "You can be everything you want to be."
"Mummy said I can only be one thing." She continued.
"Well, mummy lied." I concluded.
She laughed and told me as she walked away, "Ehen. So, I'm going to be a nurse and a fashion designer."
I smiled.

Don't ask me about the practicality of her ambition, that is a different matter entirely :)
I just didn't think it was in my place to limit the options of a child who has not even figured out who she is and what she wants to do with her life.

I remember speaking with a mentor about the things I wanted to do. I was passionate and based on my research, I believed they would work. She sighed and said matter of factly, "You need to go and get a job." I nodded and left.

I wonder how I would have found all my childhood friends if Zuckerberg didn't create Facebook; if he decided to be a 9-5er, content with his paycheck at the end of the month; not that there is anything wrong with a 9-5...

I honestly do not subscribe to the idea of you being one thing except if that is what you want. Those who will survive the ongoing global disruption to business models and work as we know it are going to have to be multi-talented, multi-tasking people with a broad range of skills useful across industries. 

And to people who are multi-talented - bankers with a knack for creative writing, doctors who can rival Mozart, Microbiologists with a flair for fashion; don't let anyone discourage you. Allow your talents find expression; whatever they are. If you decide to be one of the many things you can be, let that be your decision.

And if you truly desire to be so much more, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 
©Naomi Lucas

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