Guest Blogger: Marilyn Barefoot

Remember when we were kids in school, we would make a list of the things we wanted to be when we grew up? Some of us wanted to be Doctors, others Scientists, others Astronauts. Some of us wanted to be Singers, others Ballerinas, others Musicians.

Children view the world with an uninterrupted sense of wonder and awe.

When we are young enough to allow our imaginations to run free and take us to places we could never visit as adults, we realize, at our core, what it is we love. Children devote free time, playtime and daydreams to these thoughts and desires, with such passion that the imagination feels real.

All of us as young kids are drawn to connect and explore our passion and our dreams because it brings us joy. It fulfills us. We love it, and we never ever tire of it.

As children, we can literally spend hours and hours immersing ourselves in it. We lose ourselves in the journey of connecting and exploring our calling.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Some of us never changed our minds about who we wanted to be. Some had a clear path – a vision of exactly what we wanted to do and how we were going to get there. Others went the distance and did exactly what we always wanted to do.

But for others, this was only a temporary dream. It was something that we, as children, thought of only in that moment, and didn’t take as seriously as we should have. As we grow up, parents, teachers and others we looked up to were constantly advising us on the direction our lives should go in. The notion of “hard work” being the only way to succeed is drummed into our subconscious.

A lot of us got lost. 

Our childhood dreams can become victim to the preplanned road to success society has established. Our conscious mind believes that our childhood dreams could not possibly lead to success, since it lacks the feel of hard work. A lot of us got lost. We couldn’t choose, or choices were made for us.

It took me several tries to figure out what I wanted to be. But I did it.

Check out my journey on my website here, under Baby Steps:



Marilyn Barefoot is the founder of Barefoot Brainstorming and an in-demand speaker and facilitator.