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Is Your Childhood Holding Up Your Career?

FROM CHILDHOOD BASICS TO WHERE WE ARE NOW

Most of us were not born with silver spoons in our mouths.  Our parents and ancestors most likely worked very hard in some fashion to manage the family, pay the bills, and have a little time, if possible, for relaxation.  But it is in the early childhood where the dreams start to manifest and we pick up little words of advice, negative perspectives, or positive influence as it relates to careers.   

Let's look at how what we perceived as important in our upbringing plays a role in our careers past, present, and future.

1)  Intelligence.  If all you ever heard was "athletes are not smart", you probably focused educational choices and free time on anything other than sports because you wanted to be perceived as intelligent.  If math and science were the common topics in your household, chances are your career path will be one in which you can demonstrate brilliance.
2)  Financial status.  There were always jobs labeled as not being lucrative regardless to how long you were employed. I am sure you had family members with these jobs who were always struggling to pay the bills.  Service-oriented workers in lower echelon restaurants, janitors, manufacturer or assembly line workers are some of the few that fall into this category.
3)  Appearance.  Whether in a uniform or neatly dressed, this plays an important role in how children view the control a person has over his parent.  A uniform normally equates to someone is controlling your appearance and is a form of announcing the company "owns" you.  While a suit and a tie or a dress equates to you have a selection or choice on your appearance and your job is more respected.
4)  Contribution.  How many people in your immediate family had a job that made a difference?  Were your ancestors making a living doing good deeds and helping others?  If this was commonplace in your family, there are some roles that you might tend to attract like teacher, doctor, preacher, social worker, or psychologist or non-profit employee.  

Children tend to mimic their parents or ancestors or rebel entirely if they did not like what they saw growing up.  Which did you do and what contributed to it?  There might be a thought process that needs to change that you are not aware of...and only then can you put an action plan together to make a career transition.

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