"What do you want to be when
you grow up?"
It's a maddening question because
for a lot of us the most honest answer is, "I have no idea." But
that's not socially acceptable. In the United States of America
what counts is what you do and a lot of people out there define
themselves (and everyone else!) on the basis of what they do.
"What are you going to be when you
grow up?" It feels like a litmus test, as if there's an invisible
'mattering map' and the answer you give - determines where you will end
up on the 'mattering map.' In America for instance, attorneys and
physicians and CEO's usually have executive status on the 'mattering
map'. So maybe we should all aspire to that?