I think that people are afraid to say what they really want in life, because they think that others will think they are crazy. If it is not a crazy goal, the other thing people often fear is that people will think they are arrogant or greedy for pursuing status or success. Honestly, me talking about this is just me projecting my own fears and weaknesses onto others. These are the reasons that I think I find myself holding back sometimes, when people ask me what I want to be “when I grow up.”
I think there is incredible power in naming what you want to be. I know that it is cliché and you hear all the time about how much more likely you are to achieve a goal when you right it down, but the fact is that it is true. When people have the boldness to state their dreams and claim them as their own, they are the people that achieve them. I think that too often we think we need to be more “realistic.”
The sad thing is that our culture is very good at making lists, and whenever someone says they want to do something, we immediately start listing all the problems and obstacles that stand in the way of accomplishing the stated goal. Now there is nothing wrong with taking a second to look at what you might face, But… and this is big. But, who really cares. In my experience most of the possible obstacles that I have come up with when I have done this are never actually obstacles. The ones that actually are obstacles, are usually overcome very easily with a small does of action. The most important thing that I have learned is, that most of the time we don’t even have a clue what the real obstacles are going to be until we start taking action and doing stuff.
Now, for me, I want to be the CEO of a big corporation that is making a positive impact on the world. I want to have the influence to daily impact hundreds of people within the company, but I also want the work that we do to make the people of the world better. I never use to want to say this because I thought that people would think that I was seeking power, or I was afraid that people would tell me that I didn’t have what it takes to be a CEO.
The thing is that once I started moving in that direction you actually start progressing and getting closer to that goal far faster than you realize you are capable of. Technically, I am already in my dream role. Currently I am the President and CEO of SkEye Studios, and we are seeking to make the world a better place. Obviously, I am no where near done growing — both in my career, and as a company. But, the things that I am in charge of on a daily basis are way beyond anything I could have dreamed of putting into place two and a half years ago. Also, the obstacles that I face are not in the slightest resemblance to the problems I thought I would have to face to become a CEO. The main point is that when you start to clearly state your goals for your career. It is surprising how quickly you can start achieving them once you begin taking action.