When I’m old-er, have completed my tenure as President of the United States, have slept with all of my hot interns, am sick of the speaking circuit, and am looking for my next career, I wonder if I’ll be as lucky as Bill Clinton. After all, not only did he achieve the successes mentioned above, but it now appears he’s dabbling in acting. Rumor has it he just finished taping his cameo in the upcoming movie, The Hangover 2.
His new adventure makes me really nervous. Not because I’m worried about good ol’ BC being a terrible actor, or about him being seen in a movie tied to sex, drugs, and scandalous one-night stands, but because I can’t quite get my arms around the leap from President to Hangover actor.
In this instance, it’s not really him though. It’s me.
The leap from President to actor reminds me that the average American will have seven different careers in our lifetime. We’ll work day in and day out to be successful in each of these endeavors. We’ll spend the rest of our professional lives seeking an answer to the age old question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” And I fear that at the end of my life, as I’m lying there swatting away the angels coming to get me, I’ll be shouting up to the heavens, “Wait, you can’t take me yet because I still haven’t figured out what I want to do with my life!”
I know, I’m dramatic, but I’m serious too. This post has really got me thinking about what I need to do in order to successfully navigate through the next five, six, seven careers that I have waiting for me. Here’s the advice I just gave myself:
- Figure out what you’re passionate about and start doing it. After all, if you are going to have a zillion careers, you might as well be having those careers in something you love doing.
- Bust your butt and do your best today. Stop trying to conquer tomorrow before you’ve made it through today. Tomorrow will be here soon enough.
- Make a name for yourself through hard work and dedication. People know who the hard workers are and who is just blowing smoke, so focus on being the hard worker.
- Be humble but accepting of praise.
- Share your passion with others.
Am I missing anything? Do any of you feel like this 7 career thing is a lot of pressure or am I the only one?
Marisa is a Culture Coach for small and quickly growing organizations trying to establish the infrastructure required to create a company full of passionate, motivated, and engaged employees. She has held culture and engagement roles for two nationally recognized great places to work, founded the research and networking group Culture Fanatics, and is an industry recognized blogger. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and twin boys and is looking forward to the day she can bike across the country to raise money for MS research. @marisakeegan.