worst questions to ask

Good morning everyone!  I hope that you’re doing well; raining here in North Carolina, but at least it’s warm.

As I was reading an article this morning, “Here Are The *Exact* Words To Say When Someone Asks, “What Do You Do?” – http://christianmickelsen.com/what-do-you-do/,” a thought came to me.  What are the two worst questions that people get asked, related to jobs/career:

(1) What are you going to do with your life?


(2) What do you do?

This semester, I asked my students what was their biggest fear or the thing that scared them the most.  Almost 75% of the students answered along the lines of choosing the right “major/job/career.”  We spend so much time finding ways to get them in and out of college, that we don’t actually ask them about the things that they could do that resonates with their soul, that gets them in the flow, that would actually get them excited to get out of bed in the morning.  And when we do, most of the time it’s through on-line assessments.  What if the answer is inside them – it just takes the right person to bring it out.  What if every student could state – in a sentence or two, the following (taken from the article listed above):

  1. Who do you work with?
  2. What is their biggest problem?
  3. What do you do to help them?
  4. What result do they end up with?

Imagine a world where every student could be clear about what they’d like to do as their calling/meaningful work five to seven years down the road, a statement that as clear as day that keeps them focused.  If interested in learning more on how this is done, among other inspiring, life-changing activities, come hang out in North Carolina at UNCG in December: https://thedreamdean.wordpress.com/purpose-and-vision-navigator-certificate-program/

By the way, here’s what I do and what I do with my life:

Most young people (students) don’t know what they want to do; many adults are at a crossroads in their life and desire to make a change.  I create activities and exercises for students, faculty, and staff in higher education to help them find meaning in their lives (find their “why”), then assist them in creating and exploring opportunities to engage their “why” in order to live purposeful, passionate, visionary lives.

So, how would YOU describe what you do and/or what you are going to do with your life?

Take care and have a great day!

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