Matt Lauer in space? If things had gone the way of his childhood ambitions, it could very well be. Fortunately for us, he found his way to the TODAY anchor desk instead.
According to a new study in the journal Social Forces, just 6 percent of adults have ended up in the careers they had aspired to when they were kids. Matt, Savannah, Natalie and Tamron proved they were no exception when they revealed their childhood aspirations:
Savannah: Baker in a doughnut shop
"When I was 6 years old, we used to go to the doughnut shop after church every Sunday and I told my mom, 'I would really like to work in this doughnut shop,' because I really wanted to run the cash register. And also, I love doughnuts," Savannah explained.
Natalie: Veterinarian and Broadway singer. "Clearly the singing didn't work out," Natalie joked.
Tamron: Johnny Carson
A few TODAY guests chimed in with their childhood dream jobs as well:
HGTV "Property Brothers" Jonathan and Drew Scott revealed they wanted to be a "flower man" and a "cowboy" respectively. Al Michaels revealed that he actually achieved his childhood dream of becoming a sportscaster, but said now he has new aspirations of becoming Russell Brand, who was accompanying him in the Orange Room.
"When I was a little girl growing up in Cleveland, I wanted nothing more than to be anchor, Matt," Brand joked. "But now I think I'd be very happy to be a 'flower man.'"
TODAY viewers chimed in and revealed their childhood aspirations, comparing them to the careers they now have.