Today I asked my students (14 to 15 years), what are your plans? What you guys want to become? One student replied, ‘I want to become a doctor, maybe a surgeon’, another replied ‘I want to become an aviator or aircraft pilot, but I don’t know whether I achieve my goals or not’. Usually, at this age, students find it difficult to plan their future goals due to external factors such as family pressure, financial constraints, friend circle or peer pressure etc. I believe students at this level dangled between two scenarios; what I want to become in my future and what others want me to become in my future. Let’s concentrate on ‘what I want to become in my future?’, again there are two scenarios of this question; am I passionate enough about my dream or not? Both the situations are challenging to decide, and therefore, mostly, students go for the second option: what others want me to become in my future?
Patti Dobrowolski, comic performer, high-performance business consultant, speaker, strategic illustrator spends her time focused on new neuroscience discoveries that leverage the power of imagination and visuals to actualise a vision of the future. She believes that to identify what we want to become in our lives whether at an early age or in our adulthood; we should DRAW our plan instead of writing it down on a piece of paper. Let’s review the TEDx video to explore how we can draw our plan.