BERLIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Fourth-grade students read books in the elementary school at the John F. Kennedy Schule dual-language public school on September 18, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The German government will host a summit on education in Germany scheduled for mid-October in Dresden. Germany has consistantly fallen behind in recent years in comparison to other European countries in the Pisa education surveys, and Education Minister Annette Schavan is pushing for an 8 percent increase in the national educaiton budget for 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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When I was growing up I thought everyone knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. For some reason I never did.

If you told any of the people I went to high school with that I would someday write three books, one a university textbook, have a radio show and run two web sites, they would probably question your choice of pharmaceuticals.

People seem to know from an early age if they want to be doctors, lawyers, builders, and teachers.  And somehow it’s a calling for them.

I was always waiting for that call but it never came.

I kept asking why am I here?

And if you don’t pick what you want to do with your life, life will pick it for you.

That’s what happened to me. And guess what? That’s OK. If you are in that same position then read on.

A, B, C, D, Students

There is an old saying, “A students teach, B and C students work for D students.” I think it means that while education is necessary it isn’t the only answer to success.

Things like drive, ambition and initiative are not taught in school but often surface when and idea presents itself.

There is another old saying, “When the student is ready the teacher appears.”

Meaning when an idea appears, the student’s mind becomes an open sponge and learns whatever is necessary to bring their idea to fruition.

Some Final Thoughts

If you have no clue what you want to be when you grow up don’t think you are wasting your time doing whatever it is you’re doing.

Every opportunity in life is a learning experience you take to your next challenge.

Had I not worked with 25 companies in 18 different industries I could never have written my books. I had to gain that "real life" experience in order to present it to others.

My last old saying sums everything up. “Do what you love and the money will follow.”

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