My high school years were filled with multiple visits to the guidance counselor… I guess I needed a lot of guidance. I fondly remember those chats and the several tests I did to try to find out what I might want to be when I grew up.
This was me in 2007, rehearsing for my Swedish final exam, hosting a grocery pricing game using IKEA products.
Several of the tests seemed to point to the same conclusion: an actuary. Once I had looked it up in the dictionary to figure out what that was, it made sense given my affinity for numbers. But for some reason, it didn’t quite resonate with me.
I have no regrets whatsoever for the path I ended up taking and where I am today. It has been a very satisfying career. But I often wonder why the suggestion of a career in game shows never made it in the dialogue with the guidance counselor.
Let’s face it, the signs were already there as I spent most of the 1970’s watching every game show made. But even today, there are still signs I may have missed my calling.
Here they are: The Top 10 signs that game shows were my calling… and we missed it!
10- I have a playlist of game show theme songs and game show background music on my iPod… and it gets played regularly;
9- I don’t just open curtains, I pull them apart with a flourish, just like the big reveals on Let’s Make a Deal;
8- I can’t just say “yes”, it’s usually an emphatic “You’re aaaabsolutely right!”. Similarly, “no” is often replaced by “Ohhh, I’m sooo sorry”;
7- When I climb a staircase with my suitcase in hand, the Deal or No Deal theme often comes to mind;
6- The last time I did a full day of management testing, I couldn’t help thinking that the activities were like reality show challenges;
5- I still can’t open a combination lock without hearing The Price is Right’s Safe Crackers theme in my head;
4- I still use the expression “phone a friend” at least once a month;
3- I still say “final answer” at least a few times per week;
2- In brainstorming sessions, I can often be found enthusiastically clapping my hands and exclaiming “Good answer! Good answer!”
1- I love walking through multi-panel doors like on certain elevators or in shopping malls… they are just like the ones on The Price is Right. It’s too bad it doesn’t generate the same amount of applause when I walk through.
And a bonus for my Québécois friends: Quand un ami (un peu plus jeune que moi) me donne une réponse favorable, souvent je répondrai: “Deux morceaux de robot”!
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