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What Did You Want To Be?!

October 17th, 2006 by Laura Moncur in Motivation

Fight ClubWhat is it that your heart is telling you? Has it been so long since you listened to it? How long has it been? Since college? Since high school? Since childhood? It’s time to start listening to what you wanted to be as a child.

There is a dramatic scene in the movie, Fight Club, in which Brad Pitt’s character holds a gun to the head of a convenience store clerk. He aims the gun and calmly talks to the young man.

“Raymond, you’re going to die.” He looks through the man’s wallet, “An expired community college I.D. What’ja study Raymond?”


“Stuff? Were the midterms hard?” He smackes him on the head with the barrel of the gun, “I asked you what you studied!”Fight Club: A Novel

“Biology, mostly,” the man cries.


“I don’t know.”

“What did you want to be, Raymond K. Hassel?” The clerk is sobbing and Tyler Durden cocks the gun. “The question, Raymond, is what did you want to be?”

“Veterinarian, veterinarian…”

“Animals! That means you’ve got to get more schooling.”

“Too much school.”

“Would you rather be dead?”

“No, please…”

Tyler uncocks the gun and tucks it into his jeans, “I’m keeping your license. I’m gonna check in on you. I know where you live. If you’re not on your way to becoming a veterinarian in six weeks, you’re going to be dead. Run on.” He tosses the man his wallet and the man runs away without looking back.

None of us have a homicidal maniac putting a gun to our heads forcing us to follow our dreams. Should we have to? Take some time to listen to your heart. What do you want in life? What did you want to be? Are you following that dream? Is it what you wanted? Did you let that dream get lost in the convenience store of life? Don’t let life’s distractions deny you of your dreams.

For more information, see Chuck Palahniuk’s Official Website:

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