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When I Grow Up…

How do you discover what it is that you are really meant to be in life? Some experts say to draw upon your desires as a child. As a child what did you dream of being when you grew up?

I wanted to own a chain of luxury hotels.  I was obsessed with hotels – the architecture, the interior design, the toiletries (lol).  I grew up in New York, during the heyday of Donald Trump and Leona Helmsley – billionaire hotel magnates.  I read Trump’s Art of the Deal when I was 12 years old.  I couldn’t put it down.  Trump was the “King of New York” and Leona was the “Queen of Mean”.  Both were focused, passionate, and didn’t take any crap from anyone.  I was addicted to the power. I figured anyone who owned skyscrapers, could rule the world.

My quest for world domination has not waned over the years.  I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur.  I have had businesses in all kinds of industries – consulting, jewelry, skin care, make-up, soap-making – you name it!  However, I have come to realize that my true calling is to be known as a force on this earth just like Trump and even Leona.  However (unlike those guys), through it all and with every business, I knew that I wanted to help people live better lives – with better skin, cool jewelry, better businesses, and now, better careers.  I want to use my gifts and my love of teaching and consulting to effect massive change on a global level – to empower instead of rule.

So what about you?  How did you envision your life?  What did you dream of being? What happened to that dream?

3 Responses so far.

  1. You had a clear vision and passion early on for your “dream job” that revolved around power. Interesting how evolved into empowering others. Now THAT is power multiplied on a global level!

  2. Thanks Susan! You know I hadn’t really put the pieces together until I wrote that post. Writing is so cathartic. :-)

  3. Gary says:

    When I was young I use to believe that I’d become a scientist. Then I woke up one day realizing that it’s all just a dream, very far-fetched one. Well it’s good to know I’m awake and living the life now.

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