When you were young,do you remember being asked the question,“What do you want to be when you grow up?”?What the hell kind of question is that? Its a leading question is what it is.It programs us into thinking of ourselves as our occupation from an early age.Almost every kid that gets that question answers it with an occupation. Firefighter,astronaut,doctor,teacher, movie star.Technically,this isn’t even a valid answer.We didn’t ask what do you want to do when you grow up,we asked what do you want to be?How about,“A good person”,or“happy”or“independently wealthy”?How did we get so mixed up that we define ourselves by our jobs? When does a person become a human resource any way? When do we give up our soul to become an employee?
We have become the victims of our own competitive drive to be the best.As job security is going away more and more people are falling victim to stress-related long term absence.But if your job can survive without you,you can survive without your job!
Even if you never leave your current job,just understand that you have value beyond your employment.When you open yourself to this kind of introspection,You may have to ask yourself if you are willing to overcome some deeply rooted misconceptions you have.All around us there are subtle pressures to be“grateful for the job that we have”. Maybe this is the reason that the old idea of “get good grades,get a good job,work hard, retire”is still around.You are not your job.You are not how much you have in the bank.You are not the contents of your wallet.
So,who are you? What are your skills,experiences,strengths and qualities? I promise you that your combination of those is unique.You have something to offer that no one else ever has or ever will!
When you get a clear understanding of who you are,not just what job you fill, you will gain a new found freedom.By defining yourself as a collection of skills,experiences,strengths and qualities you can get a true picture of the value that you are able to offer the world.
Remember,You are a human being..!!