Mommy, I Want to be a Monkeytologist

By Michelle Shaeffer, Consultant & Trainer

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert


At 7 years old, my daughter has decided her life path. She will become a “monkeytologist” and live with monkeys in the African forest.

What did you want to be when you were 7? I wanted to be an astronaut. And yes, the 7 year old in me is very anxiously awaiting the success of Virgin Galactic’s space travel. Then I wanted to be lawyer, a college teacher, and get into politics. Not quite the path I ended up taking. But remember how much fun it was to dream as a kid?

At some point, many of us stop dreaming. We accept that life is what it is and we’ll get a job, go to work every day, and take home a paycheck. Even when we launch out into our entrepreneurial adventures many of us end up creating a job for ourselves. (And I don’t know about you, but some days I work for a seriously crazy boss lady named Michelle…)

If you could turn things around right now, what is it that you really want to do? What is it that makes you feel alive and like you’re doing exactly what you were created to do or be?
Can you start moving closer to that now?

Maybe you aren’t ready to leap 100% into it, but can you just do one thing to move closer to it?

One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Dr. Harold Thurman

Just a thought I’ve been pondering a lot lately… how about you?

© Copyright 2012 Michelle Shaeffer

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