The question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is typical and appropriate when we are young. But I’ll contend that it is a very appropriate question as we grow older, as well.
Think of life as a series of turning points that occur regularly for each of us throughout our career as well as personnel life. At each of these turning points, we tend to feel the need for change, and we find ourselves re-evaluating where we are in life and in our careers, asking ourselves again the question “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
The 8 Turning Points
In their book Don’t Waste Your Talent, Bob McDonald, Ph.D. and Don E. Hucheson present the 8 Turning Points of Adult Life as being:
High school to college (17-18 years old)
College to work world (22 to 25 years old)
Age 30 assessment (28 to 33 years old)
The midlife transition (38 to 45 years old)
Age 50 assessment (50 to 55 years old)
Pre-retirement transition (60 to 65 years old)
Age 70 assessment (70 to 75 years old)
Senior transition (80 to 85 years old)
Maximize Your Opportunity
McDonald and Hucheson go on to say, “As we reach a critical point of stress and anxiety, we arrive at a Turning Point. At Turning Points we feel ready for change. We actively seek new answers. With remarkable regularity, they come every seven to ten years throughout our adult lives. These all-important times of crisis can lead to positive creativity and change. But all too often, the opportunity is turned away and they do not lead to change.”
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