Most of us keep our wildest career dreams under wraps.
I’m convinced this is completely normal.
What we value most — is always the most heavily protected.
However, most of us have a story to tell.
When I decided to become a psychologist, I really didn’t know my own mind or what I had to offer. Over the years that picture has become more defined. It has also pivoted away from the original dream that flashed through my mind’s eye at 17.
That is also completely normal.
When we are young, everyone asks about our career “dreams”. Where we want to go, what we would like to contribute.
As we get older — not as much.
That’s where organizations can fall flat. Either managers do not have the time to discuss such things or contributors aren’t encouraged to force the conversation.
The best places to work, get things done. But career vision is always in the corner of their eye. It isn’t ignored. They acknowledge that when work life begins to markedly depart from our vision, we can disengage.
That is why it is critical to share those dreams.
In that way, we can flesh out what is there (or not). In that way we can hammer out a path or at least away to incorporate that passion into our lives.
I challenge you to share your next dream chapter with 3 people.
Consider how that vision can become (at least in part) a reality.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.