Being Well Podcast: Childhood Dreams
November 12, 2018

On this episode, we’re going to focus on learning from and bringing to life our childhood dreams.

A person’s path through life – day by day, year after year – is shaped by many factors. Many of these are beyond our control, like our genetics or birthplace.

But studies in adult development show that we still have a lot of influence over how things turn out in our lives through how we work through cycles of stability and change, draw on teachers and mentors – and realize our dreams, especially the ones we had in childhood.

On this episode, we’re going to focus on that last one: learning from and bringing to life our childhood dreams. This includes:

  • Why aspiration is a key personal strength.
  • Why our childhood dreams can give us key insights into the kinds of things we care about.
  • How focusing on specific means rather than the larger ends they serve can get in the way of our aspirations.
  • The “dreaded experience” and its impact on our aspirations.


  • 1:15: Why is aspiration a key strength?
  • 3:30: Why are childhood dreams important?
  • 6:15: Viewing the world without assumptions.
  • 10:15: Aspiring toward ends rather than means.
  • 14:15: Being conscious of the impact of other people.
  • 20:20: How the “dreaded experience” stops us from aspiring.
  • 24:00: Love, work, and play.
  • 29:15: Including talents and values in your life.
  • 34:20: Ikigai
  • 37:45: Recap

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