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“You Can Be Anything” is a Myth

You can be anything you want to be if you try hard enough.

I don’t believe this.

Sure, I used to believe this. We probably all did. That was what you told kids in the 70s and 80s. I remember someone telling me, “you can be president of the United States.” I remember thinking, “I guess that’s what I have to do now because I can and that will show I tried hard. But I don’t want to be president of the United States.”

I will never be the most organized person in the world.
I will never be great at sports that involve a ball.
Math will never be my thing.
Or directions. I really suck at directions.
I will never be the President of the United States, no matter how hard I try. Even if I wanted that terrible job.

And, to be perfectly honest, at this stage of life, I don’t want to put the mental or physical effort into “trying hard enough.”

I don’t believe you can be anything you want to be. But I do believe you can become a whole lot more of who you already are.

That’s where to put your energy.