What do you want to be when you grow up?

John LennonThis quote attributed to the late John Lennon of Beatles fame has been making the rounds lately:

“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?  What did your parents, teachers and other significant adults in your life want you to be?  What are you doing now?

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One Response to What do you want to be when you grow up?

  1. Douglas Reid says:

    My parents wanted me to take a job – any job – that would let me use my mind rather than my body to earn a living. In particular, my mother felt that I would make a good accountant (I seemed to possess a latent numeracy as a child).

    I must have disappointed them both. I was a so-so performer in accounting at MBA school, though I contend that accounting was the most useful thing I learned there. Today I’m a professor at a business school (though not in accounting).

    But I don’t believe in a career, so I don’t expect to be doing this work forever. I would like to run an internal corporate university for a large Canadian company, because I think it would give me the chance to experiment and innovate far more than I can at a real university. But if that doesn’t work, I’d be just as happy selling computers at the Eaton Centre Apple store and being a part-time bike messenger.

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