We often encourage children to follow their dreams. But at some point people realize that becoming a real princess is nearly impossible (unless you're Meghan Markle) or becoming a firefighter is actually really hard and dangerous. So how many people actually achieve their childhood dreams?
A recent survey of 2000 Americans asked what job they wanted when they were a teenager, and how many of them actually achieved that dream. Public service jobs such as doctor, nurse, teacher and veterinarian were some the highest jobs people reported wanting as a teen, which was followed by more glamorous jobs such as musician, actor, athlete and writer after that.
But how many people actually accomplished their dream job? According to this survey, only 10 percent of people were working the job they dreamed of back when they were teenagers. According to the survey, people who didn't get their dream job weren't able to do so due to financial limitations, lack of skills or focusing on family.
But that doesn't necessarily mean people who didn't get their dream jobs aren't happy. According to the survey, only 39 percent of people who didn't get their dream job said they regretted it. That means the majority of people are perfectly fine they didn't get their dream job.
Interestingly enough, it seems even people who got their dream jobs weren't necessarily thrilled about it. 14 percent of the adults in the survey said they actually did work their dream job at some point in their lives but moved on. So clearly that dream job either wasn't that great or couldn't pay the bills. In fact, only 64 percent of people who got their dream job said it met their childhood expectations. So there's still a good amount of people doing their dream job who are disappointed by it.
So now I feel less bad about not becoming a professional spy/baseball player/astronaut.
(h/t Mental Floss)