When Did You Decide?

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The little boy in the picture is my grandson, Crawford Dillon. He’s pushing a toy cart full of medical instruments like a plastic heart monitor, stethoscope, scalpel, scissors, etc. This picture would have made his Great Grandfather, Amos Dillon, proud and tickled since he was a general surgeon for over 50 years.

My Father often told the story of being 6 years old when his Grandmother referred to him as “my little doc”. He said he knew he was going to be a doctor when he grew up ever since he was a young boy and all of his greatest memories were about the steps he took to fulfill his dream.

His Father (my Grandfather) was a pharmacist like Mr. Gower in Frank Kapra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, although he didn’t lose a son in the war and turn to drink leading to almost poisoning a customer by filling the prescription incorrectly. In fact my uncle, my Dad’s older brother, became a pharmacist, too. Somehow my Father knew he wanted to do more than dispense prescriptions to serve people and he made up his mind early to become a doctor.

On the other hand, I never really had an idea of what I would turn out to be. Most of my earliest memories were about what people told me I should think about becoming or pointing out some trait that seemed to be a strong characteristic I possessed. I ended up going into personnel work as a Human Resources Manager for a variety of companies. Most people gave me feedback that I was good with people, a good listener, wanting to please others by responding to their needs. I found satisfaction in helping others achieve their aspirations.

And along the way, bosses gave me money for doing all this as a job.

Come to think about it, I could have found the same satisfaction as a doctor. Why didn’t I become a doctor? My Father actually hoped that one of his sons would become a physician, but neither of us did. In fact we both became HR professionals.

I don’t know about my brother’s rationale but mine was the fact I wasn’t willing to work so hard studying. I preferred to have a beer with my friends than to camp out in the library researching or studying. My motivation was not strong enough to put out the effort necessary to make A’s, spending the seemingly endless hours to compete for the limited number of places available in medical schools.

What about you?

Where are you in your career search?

Are you pursuing your studies, internship, interviews or assignments with a clear objective from what you want to be or what somebody has told you you ought to be?

When did you decide to become a _________________? Who influenced that decision? Have you really decided? What will it take for you to decide? What will it require once you have decided?

I have learned a couple of things that I wish I had known in my younger years.

One of those is what I described earlier with regard to my motivation and effort. You see, a few people would look at my behaviors and simply describe me as “lazy” because I’m not pushing myself to achieve something of great importance. In reality, I do push myself for the things that I find important like anticipating the needs of others, recognizing their accomplishments, responding to situations appropriately based on norms and values important to me. What I have learned is that I am motivated by those things that are important to me and I have finally figured out what those things are.

The second thing I wish I had known when I was older is that my personality has been shaped at a young age (pretty much fixed by age 25) and there is a way to see a prioritized list of careers that I am naturally hard-wired to fit. A subset of this understanding is that if I had proactively chosen a career that I am a natural fit to, I instinctively would have done the things necessary to be successful. Less wasted and more targeted effort.

Therefore, I could have chosen the right career for me based on my inherent personality and those subjects for which I am naturally curious would have required less wasted effort, pain and suffering.

Do you see where this might lead someone?

Choosing a career path where the odds of natural success are greatest while reducing the false starts and wasted effort and expense.

It’s like having a crystal ball that allows you to see into the future by narrowing down your career choices to only those paths that you are naturally fit to, interested in and motivated to achieve. Even some that you may not have even known about or considered.

What makes this all possible?

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Remember, your job search is as much about their fit to you as your fit to them.  

I encourage you to check this out before you spend another dollar on your education or job search.

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