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Let’s discuss why a job does not define who you are. We learn early on that our job is an identifier of who we are. Yes, it can be one of the many beautiful parts of you, but it shouldn’t be the only thing. I’m here today to encourage you not to fall into that trap.
Recently, I was laid off from a big corporate job I held for ten years. I started that job before Instagram came out. Let’s go more in-depth and say when I started that job; the twilight movie had just come out. It was a long time! Anyway, this led to people referring to me as “Aleah, the spin instructor.” What I did for work had become wholly linked with my identity as a human.
Even though unemployment is new uncharted territory for me, its been eye-opening for my priorities. I was able to no longer label myself by what I do, but for who I am. Unemployed or employed, it’s still possible to not allow your job to define you. Here are some reasons why:
- Your work won’t hold you tight at night
- At the end of their life, nobody says, “I wish I had worked a few more hours.”
- Success does not equal happiness
- Your career may dump you at any time
- This is something you do, not what you are
For now, I’ve been taking on some new labels: a supportive friend, a badass wife, & change maker. Here’s a list of some that might apply to you: great mom, amazing dad, caring sister, philanthropist, volunteer, organizer, etc. Make your own list! Let this serve as a reminder to you to revisit your priorities and make sure you’re prioritizing where it matters.
I hope you enjoyed reading why a job does not define who you are. If you liked this read, you might also enjoy reading the secret behind scarcity mindset.
Till next time,