If you want to know what you should be doing for a living, look at your childhood.
Back then you knew what you loved to do and you did it. You didn’t need to take a course, survey your friends or consult a career coach.
Everything was clear.
I was an instigator. In elementary school I got other kids to follow me around the yard at recess, singing songs I had chosen and written out on long sheets of paper.
I came up with new painting techniques or created completely new kinds of paintings — and became very annoyed when other kids copied them. I loved performing and collaborating on plays. I got great marks in English class.
The things you loved to do as a kid reveal your talents and personality and they provide the clues to what you were meant to do in your career.
Think back to elementary school:
What were you always doing every chance you got?
What did you get in trouble for?
What did you excel at?
What did you hate to do?
Doing what you’re good at — or what you love
You were yourself back then, the same self, with everyone you met. You hadn’t learned to suppress some of your personality to please others, to make them feel better about themselves or to fit in.
Back then, you didn’t just do what you were good at, you did what you loved!
I knew the difference between the two when I was 10 but I only discovered it years later. I remember the year and even the restaurant I was in when the ‘revelation’ occurred to me.
The full monty
Being a brat means defying any social convention that tells you it’s too late to reconnect with who you really are.
It is never too late to make a change — if you want to.
Being a brat means giving the world the full monty! No holding back, no excuses.
Don’t compartmentalize yourself, don’t keep those aspects that are most truly you from the rest of the world where they could do so much good.
They are connected to your strongest talents and gifts.
If you’re not doing what you love for a living, what did you love to do as a kid?
The secret to your success is there.
c 2013 Kathy Barthel