We have been using career titles as number one identifiers as to who we are — and therefore how we view our worth — ever since this thing called “work” was invented.
I’m finding the “What do you do?” question at social events becoming less prevalent — or at least not the first thing someone asks to “figure someone else out” — but the pressure to stamp an impressive label next to our names still looms.
If you think about it, defining ourselves as account executive or freelance designer or sales manager is actually cutting ourselves short, disregarding everything else we do that makes us us.
And it got me thinking…
Why can’t we construct our own version of self-worth based on how we want to be labeled?
Oh that’s right. We can.
The next time I’m at a social gathering where “And what do you do?” questions are floating around, I’m going think twice before answering.
How do YOU define yourself?
PSST! Do you want these newsletters delivered? Sign up for them here. They come thrice a week in super short snippets.