Just last week Bill Simon, CEO of Walmart US, was recalling an interaction he had with a recent college graduate. The question presented to Simon revolved around career advice. He responded with a simple question, “What do you want to do?” The graduate quickly responded, “I want to be a vice-president.” Simon suggested she work at a bank because everyone there is vice-president.
At the heart of the matter stands a deeper response, an introspective one. What do you want to do? Simon suggests that a title is not what you want to do; it’s what you want to be called. Decide now what you want to do and work towards that framework. The real question is the tough one. Anyone can say they want to be a vice-president, but what will you accomplish as a vice-president? How will you decide to spend your life? Will it be based on obtaining a meaningless title or will your life have purpose because of what you do and not what you are called?