Fess Up: What’d You Want to Be?

by JT McGee

Alright, it’s confession time! This one is easy: what did you want to be when you grew up?

A long, long time ago, before I really knew what it even meant, I wanted to be a stockbroker. This was in the third grade, I think, and at the height of the internet bubble. I had just discovered the beauty that is Bloomberg TV and the prospect of making gillions of dollars in the stock market was enough to excite me.

Before that, I had said before that I wanted to be an architect. It seemed cool, you know, planning out buildings and stuff. The only problem is the ability to just “wing it.” That’s why I like finance.

“Does it make sense at 6%”


“Well what about at 5.2%?”

“Dude, I said it made sense at 6%–5.2% is in the ballpark.”

Yeah, see, that just doesn’t fly with architecture. Small stuff matters. I don’t care about small stuff.

At some point before high school graduation I thought really seriously about business process engineering. I didn’t really know how to go about such a career path. I didn’t want to have to study science or any of that boring nonsense. Naw, I want to know how much those one-page “Quick Start Guides” save businesses in dumb questions to their call centers. That’s cool.

So, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Photo by: Mike Baird

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Cherleen @ The College Investor October 3, 2011 at 01:53

When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a nurse or an accountant. I ended up with an engineering diploma… and now, a blogger/writer.


20's Finances October 3, 2011 at 09:54

Who knows what I want to be… I am leaning towards (and working towards it) professor right now, but growing up I wanted to be an architect among many other things.


JT McGee October 3, 2011 at 15:37

What would you like to teach? I think being a professor for Micro/Macro econ at a community college in my spare time would be fun as all get out. Definitely something I would do later in life. Wouldn’t even have to pay me.


tom October 3, 2011 at 10:03

Fighter pilot and archeologist.

One I didn’t have the eyesight for and the other I grew out of.


JT McGee October 3, 2011 at 15:36

Couldn’t be a fighter pilot either. Archeologist seems to be popular; kids love dinosaurs, I guess?


Eric J. Nisall October 3, 2011 at 10:28

I wanted to be a defenseman for the NY Ranger or center for the Detroit Red Wings (following in the steps of my 2 idols growing up). I actually knew that being an accountant was where I headed since high school, but it would have been much more fun to play in the NHL


JT McGee October 3, 2011 at 15:38

I’ve been meaning to ask you, do you have your own accounting company, or do you work within another? Franchise?


Eric J. Nisall October 3, 2011 at 16:04

Both. I work at a CPA firm, but have my own company that I do returns, side accounting & bookkeeping projects out of. The link is in the menu of the blog.


funancials October 3, 2011 at 11:21

I always knew I would become president of the united states. After becoming the 16th pres, I figured starting Funancials would obvious be the next step up.

A. Blinkin


JT McGee October 3, 2011 at 15:38

Well Abe, you’ll he happy to know we got him! John Wilkes Booth, that is.


krantcents October 3, 2011 at 17:20

I always knew I wanted to be in business from the age of 8 years old. I have been in various business roles of CFO, Consultant and entrepreneur.


Financial Success For Young Adults October 3, 2011 at 19:57

I wanted to be a teacher. Then I realized that they don’t make crap so I decided to become rich instead. I’m still on the way there lol


JT McGee October 4, 2011 at 13:00

First honest answer of the day! Finance tends to attract the people who want “FU money,” am I wrong? 😛


Financial Success For Young Adults October 4, 2011 at 17:52

Ha! So right. When I saw the salary estimates I knew I had found my calling lol


Andrea @SoOverDebt October 4, 2011 at 10:33

I wanted to be a writer, as you already know. Then I went to college and didn’t want to be one of those people with a useless degree, so I decided to become a psychotherapist. And now I’m trying to figure out how to juggle things so I can be a writer. Funny how things like that happen.


Financial Samurai October 5, 2011 at 11:27

I remember getting picked up in a Mercedes Benzo S class by a friends chauffeur for his house party.

It was then that I knew I didn’t want to be poor.

Stockbroker in 3rd grade? Wow!


Jonathan Harms October 18, 2011 at 18:05

When I was 4, I announced that I didn’t want to be an author; “it would be so boring. Instead, I thought it’d be great to be a NBA basketball player. Now I work for a boutique publishing company; and I would like to be an author someday.

JT. You have a good future. Obviously, you know the material, and your writing is voiced well. And, if you taught Mico and Macro at a community college, I’d only skip 4 or 5 classes in the semester.


JT McGee October 30, 2011 at 20:52

Way to dream big with the NBA, my man.

I hope the outlook is as good as you say. 😉 Hey, 4 or 5 is pretty good!


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