I wanted to shoot myself. Then I decided that the one who deserves to be shot is Lacey Cope. I guess I should clear things up and say that this is not a confession about committing a murder; it is a confession for shooting a video.
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit TEDxAUBG and listen to Lacey’s speech there. I got so inspired and amazed by her confidence and clear vision of her future. At that moment I knew I wanted to shoot her, she was that good.
Like most of us, she also had a rocky start when figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her dream to become a nurse became a dream to become a singer. But don’t get me wrong, folks. This didn’t happen overnight. And actually that was the best part. As wise men say:
“Sometimes the object of the journey is not the end, but the journey itself.”
What Lacey did was to try out different professions, get internships and figure out whether her expectations meet the reality. That was also Ivailo Aksharov’s piece of advice in my very first post. I guess we are going back to the beginning. And it makes sense considering the fact that this is the last stop of the journey called “What to be when you grow up?”
I learned so many things in these past four months. Overall, the message that all the “heroes” in my videos tried to convey is that a dream job is a job like any other, but the difference is that you love doing it and it doesn’t feel like a job at all, more like a hobby. I am so proud of you guys. It seems like you have listened to them. Well, at least those of you who took the poll. I am so happy that 92% of you answered that the thing that makes a job a dream job is doing what you love. And what amazed me even more is the fact that no one answered that the salary is of any importance. My job here is done!
But, there is one even more important thought that I want you, folks, to remember. You may change different jobs, but no matter what you do, you will still be you. And in order to find that dream job, first you need to figure out who you are. As Lacey said:
“Get out of your comfort zone, experience new things, be uncomfortable. Because it is actually when you are uncomfortable that you really have to define who you are, what do you want to do, what matters most to you.”
I couldn’t agree more with her. That is what you really need to do, a Self search, not a Google one. You are the one who have all the answers; other people can only help you figuring out the right questions. It was a pleasure sharing with you my thoughts and ideas about the existential question “What to be when you grow up?” I already have my answer. Do you?
Below you can watch my final video. Try to answer the question in the end, that’s the key to find your dream job.