One of my clients gave me the title for this first blog post.
We had finished a coaching session where I used one of my newer tools, the Career Construction Interview by Dr. Mark Savickas. I had asked my client a series of 4 questions to clarify what kind of role he prefers, what types of activities are enjoyed, where, and with whom. It’s pretty standard career coaching, except that this questioning process starts by asking who your childhood hero was.
Now when I ask most people about their childhood hero, they turn pink. But once they start talking and forget that we are grown-ups, I get to meet their heroes. Luke Skywalker. Princess Belle. Bob Ross. Jessica Savage. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ernie.
My own children follow the characters who reflect back an image of themselves. My organized, punctual, model-citizen daughter has read the entire Nancy Drew series and was even Nancy for Halloween. We made business cards to hand out, so that 21st-century parents could figure out who this perfectly preppy girl with a magnifying glass was supposed to be.
My other daughter, a fanciful, idealistic artist, owns 17 unicorns and loves Sofia the First. If you don’t know Sofia, she is an independent-minded accidental princess, who bucks royal expectations to be true to herself. They see themselves in these characters, and so do I.
I’m certainly not the first to notice how easily we gather knowledge but lose wisdom as we grow up. I’ve simply seen that when I spend time helping people recapture the power of what they’ve always known, it has the power to motivate people to change their lives for the better. What does your childhood hero tell you about who you could be at work?
And what about the client I mentioned above, the one with the great blog title? He knows now that his role to play is the baseball catcher. Look to him to know what’s going to happen next, because he’s watching the field while the rest of us are running around.