I wanted to be an accountant. In high school, I loved the accounting class. I loved writing the numbers in those small boxes on the ledger pages. (This was the early 80s mind you) Thank God I never ended up in this direction as I ended up with a major detour (pregnant and married at 15, another post, another day!) The crazy thing is, I am horrible with numbers! Just ask my husband. He gets so aggravated at me because my method of balancing the checkbook is looking online to see how much money it says I have in my account. Uh, I just hope and pray no one holds on to a check I write them! And if I have to analyze business reports with sales and profits and projections, it gives me a headache. Bad thing is, that’s part of my current job! You see, in accounting class, I think I just liked filling in all those little boxes. I am a doodler and if you give me a handout in a meeting/seminar, I will have filled in all the open spaces in the letters!
At least I didn’t waste the time or money going for an accounting degree! I ended up in the school of life, of reality. We had to support ourselves and our daughter. My husband has always been a great supporter, he was blessed to end up in a place that helped him to grow and develop his talent for fixing things, and he has progressed very well along his career in that path, with just a few detours.
I, on the other hand, had MANY different type jobs! I didn’t really know what I was good at, or what I LIKED to do. No one ever helped me see how important that was. I did, however, figure out early on I liked being self-employed as opposed to other employed (sorry to my current boss if she reads this!).
A lot of times, if we don’t have plan or path laid out before us by setting goals and working towards them, we end up finding our way by figuring out all the things we know we DON’T like or want.
Here’s a few things I know I don’t like or want in my life-
I don’t like working in the food business (met my hubby there though, so it was good for a season!)
I don’t particularly like working retail as I like my weekends and holidays to be available
I know I don’t like working outside!
I know I don’t like tedious work, like filing, or data entry!
I don’t like punching a clock
I don’t like being tied to a desk
A few of the things I have figured out about myself-
I like talking to people (got that from my dad, God rest his soul!)
I like research
I like learning about new things, ideas and concepts
I like passing that information on to those around me, teaching and training
I like helping people, but especially women
I enjoy helping people figure out what THEY like
I like sales and marketing, although I lean more to the marketing side (there is a difference!)
I enjoy brainstorming and coming up with new ideas
What about you? What did you think you wanted to be? What do you KNOW you don’t like? What have you figured out you do like or are good at? Did you go to college and end up doing something completely different? I’d love to read your answers!