• Michael Dahdal

Misguided Ambition

Updated: Jan 3, 2020


It’s quite common to ask our children WHAT they want to be when they grow up.

But I believe this is fundamentally the wrong question to be asking.

A better question to ask is:

“WHO do you want to be when you grow up?”

In my work, I very often encounter people trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives.

This is a valid and very common thing to do.

But I prefer to reframe it. To me at least, I see this as slightly misguided ambition.

That’s not to discount the importance of your work, profession or indeed vocation – but ‘what you want to become’ should always be secondary to ‘who you want to be become’.

Once you’ve got that sorted, then that will be reflected not only in your work, but also in everything else that you do.

It’s about how you choose to act in the world

How you choose to deal with adversity.

How you manage and nurture relationships with others.

How you establish and reinforce your boundaries.

How you prioritise and make decisions.

How you choose to navigate the broader moral landscape.

And ultimately how you keep yourself grounded and connected with that’s fundamentally important.