What did you want to be as a kid? And how did that turn out?

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  1. brookdalebill

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    I wanted to be a cowboy, then an army guy, when I was a squirt.
    I loved (toy) guns, I could hardly wait to get a BB gun.
    When I was about 12, I decided I wanted to be a guitar hero, and I completely ditched guns.
    Glad I did.
    I actually am what I always wanted to be.
    I’m a working musician.
    I never factored success in into my equation, and I never had any.
    I still feel like a (happy) kid when I’m playing.
    I did tons of other jobs along the way, but I’ve “lived to play” since I was 16.
    Many moons ago!
     
  2. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    First it was a Cowboy. Then Batman, then Spider-Man, then a PI. Next was a professional Football (English) star, coupled with Tennis Pro. And finally it was a musician. That dream sort of came true, but didn't quite get to professional. So regular life took over.

    If I could only have my time back, I'd do things a little differently.
     
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    I was that kid that always had his nose in a book, took a flashlight to bed to read under the overs, etc. Always wanted to be a writer. Nine books later, here I am.
     
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    I wanted to become one of those all knowing, infallible demigods called adults. Little did I know...
     
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    i wanted to be nothing as i never thought about that part of life as a kid...as an adult worked a variety of jobs...the was one job i did for a short time i really liked...after that i did other stuff and want to do that job i really liked again...but cant seem to get hired by anyplace looking fill that position...the search continues
     
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    I wanted to be an astronaut. At that time, the best way to be an astronaut was to be an engineer and a pilot. I started moving in that direction. Then the Apollo program ended and we got the Space Shuttle. Which, in my opinion, wasn't being an astronaut. Held onto the engineering things, though. And I decided I wanted to be a chip designer and moved in that direction, too. These days, chip design is just writing more code, so that job isn't what it used to be when I wanted to do it.

    One of the things I get to be that I wanted to be is a father. Pretty much makes up for the rest.
     
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    I was a kid so lots of things. But I remember wanting to be a detective like Columbo quite a lot. I never became a detective or joined the police but did manage to become a badly dressed public employee and drive a beaten up car.
    For part of my career I spent a lot of time looking at motivational interviewing and the Socratic process. Which might seem unrelated but Columbo was apparently written as an exercise in demonstrating the Socratic process ( I think you have to go to the early ones). So, in some ways...
     
  8. telemnemonics

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    During my woodworking years I spent some time working for Paul Rudolph building architectural models. A fair amount of the time was up in the office with his team of architects, going over changes to prototype models.
    The men working under him were largely a miserable lot, I guess stresses and deadlines but also he was just a mean abusive boss.
    One model was going to Singapore and three of us were up much of the night doing the finishing details and boxing it up for shipment. The two architects were super stressed about it, who'd have thought that drawing pictures and making models would be so stressful!

    I did a fair amount of drafting in boat building and generally found it to be a real pleasure, as well as designing in homes for renovation clients.

    While the architect does a whole lot more than draw up ideas, Rudolph seems to have consistently designed stuff that could not structurally be built, and instead of losing money on his mistakes, he got paid again to redesign something that actually worked!

    Over the years I worked for another architect restoring his historic 200 year old house and another building condo lofts in a huge Church he bought as an investment.
    These were two of the most stressed out men I ever worked for.
     
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    I wanted to be an astronaut. Had to settle for space cadet.
     
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    First thing I remember wanting to be was a paleontologist. I read all types of books on dinosaurs and dig up animal bones by the bucket load. Had a 200 piece bone collection at our school science fair, ranging from a sparrow hawk skull to an elk antler. I didn’t win.

    Next I wanted to be a professional hunter in Africa after reading novels and stories about those guys. Kinda strange in a household that wouldn’t even let me buy a BB gun until I was 15.

    Then about age 11-12 a MLB outfielder. That was really dreaming as I all I had was a great glove, no bat. I think most my friends shared that dream back then.

    About age 15 I read Freud and decided I wanted to be a psychiatrist. That dream ended after interviewing two local psychiatrists for a 9th grade “Career Notebook” and deciding they were perhaps crazy themselves.

    Last was my goal of becoming a pathologist, developed through my high school co-op job in the pathology lab. That ended while in the premed program at Michigan State a couple years later when I had grappled with being a young & poor college student and father for awhile.


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    I wanted to be an astronomer, or maybe a geologist. I ended up as a computer scientist. Close enough.
     
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    I am familiar with Paul Rudolph's work. It doesn't surprise that he would milk a project and a client to eventually get what he wanted.

    There are two main things that make being an architect stressful. One is the software industry. It is extremely difficult and expensive to learn and keep up the competition with the way the software industry (mostly Autodesk) has dominated the market for tools that we use for project delivery. Completely defenseless and useless from my point of view. Can you imagine as a woodworker if they took away all your tools and said that everything that you do must be programmed for CNC? You can't use a hand saw, you can't use a chisel, etc. I was even an early adopter of CAD and computers in my industry. The software companies have exploited our profession for their own capitalistic advantage. It has left a lot of very capable and talented people in the dust.

    The other is the lack of perception and expertise that many architects have for running a business. I can go on and on forever about this, but to sum it up, I would say that many architects don't understand the nuances of running a successful business and don't want to be bothered by even thinking about them. They either run by the seat of their pants, or get so distracted and fearful that they aren't doing things right they create massive bottle necks for simple tasks.

    My 2 cents, anyway. Oh, and I didn't even mention clients.

    BTW, I used to build great physical models. Really stout, too.
     
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    Centerfielder for the NY Yankees. Didn't work out.
     
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    I wanted to be Keith Richards.
     
  16. String Tree

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    I did that a few decades ago.
    Played on the road for about two years.
    Right after the band broke up, i met THE woman who became Mrs String Tree.
    We raised a couple of kids, they turned out great!

    Still working 40 hours a week, kids are gone, Mrs String Tree and I are still together.

    Been a good life.
     
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    A scientist, lasted until I got employment as a lab technician, lasted a year. My boss got a first class honors degree and got a pay raise that put him on a salary just below that of a bus conductor. Decided it wasn’t a good career choice.
     
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    I wanted to be a garbage man.

    Serously. My parents would not let me go all over town unaccompanied. I noticed the garbage men not only got to go all over town, they got to do it hanging on the back of the truck.

    There was a brief part of my truck driving days when I hauled trash containers so that was as close as I got. Then I noticed the girls were more attractive where my college friends drank vs where my truck driving friends drank so I went back to college.

    I never truly tested it, but the whole college thing and marring a college girl seems to have worked out better than garbage man might have.
     
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    Wanted to be a cowboy... settled for a screen name;)
     
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