Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

On today’s Deep Thoughts Thursday, hear a quote that will inspire you to be specific in your career choice!


Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin has made many clever observations on life.  Among the most popular is the following: “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”


To “be somebody” is to have a purpose, or be famous, which makes your life important and special.  But Lily is also using “be somebody” in a joking way, as if she should have picked some specific person to be (instead of being nobody).

It’s important to be intentional about where you want your life to go, and to think about who it is you want to become.  Here are some things that might help:

  • Consider finding a mentor or coach.  Usually this is someone who is older than you and who is willing to listen and maybe give good advice.
  • It’s good to have a process of narrowing down ideas about your life so you don’t spread yourself too thin.  Think about how you do that
  • Surround yourself with a supportive community.  Especially seek out people who are intentional about what they want, as well as people who want the same things as you.


Are you trying to “be somebody”?

Who do you want to be?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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