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When children are asked by a teacher what they want to be when they grow up the most typical answers include doctor, dentist, teacher, police officer, fireman, artist, painter, hockey player, actor, director, writer, lawyer or judge, just to name a few. Not too many kids says social worker, bank teller, computer technician, telemarketer, crayon factory worker, calendar maker, retail store assistant manager, etc.
All kids dream big when thinking about what they want to be when they're young and that's exactly what they should be doing. The adults who ask them the question of what they want to be when they grow up have the responsibility to nurture those dreams and to do everything in their power to ensure that they take the right path to becoming a chiropractor, an actress, a proctoloist, or a hockey goalie. No dream is too big and if you don't dream big enough you'll fall short of where you want to go.
In addition to dreaming about what kids want to be when they grow up they also need to be taught some strong values about how they can one day grow up to own the best restaurant or sit on the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada. It's vital that from a very young age that adults teach children that as long as they're willing to study hard and put in the effort required of them to follow through on their dreams of becoming a real estate agent or general manager of a sports team - then anything is possible.
The same can be said for anything in life, not just dreaming about growing up and going after a dream career. If kids put a lot of hard work into what they do on an everyday basis and put a lot of effort into their school work then not only will they be put on a path to one day get to work in their career field but they will have opened doors to many other career options. They will have those opportunities because they put in the hard work to get there. Having a "sky is the limit" mentality installed in kids at an early age is key to them developing the skills needed to grow into strong adults.