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Digital Subscriptions > Psychologies > No. 156 > What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Maybe you’ll never know… but perhaps you don’t ever have to decide. Ali Roff talks to Emilie Wapnick about her book, How To Be Everything

Q If I’m reading this thinking, ‘yes that’s me! I still don’t know what I want to do’, am I normal? Or am I a failure?

That’s a pretty natural response when you are raised in a culture t hat h olds u p t his i dea o f s pecialisation a s a shining example of how we’re all supposed to be – it’s natural to feel that if we don’t have that ‘one true purpose’ in our lives, then we’re failures or something’s wrong with us. The way you can start to unpack this and get over it, is to begin to see your complexity and multifacetedness – your multipotentiality – as the strength that it is.

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