Someone asks you to tell them about yourself. How do you respond? “I am a….”
Those types of answers may indicate your occupation but they don’t necessarily paint a picture of who you are as an individual. Too often, people become absorbed by their careers as they morph into the archetypes of their chosen profession. Corporate execs that develop huge egos and buy overpriced things that they’ll never use. Professional wine connoisseurs that smooze with rich snobs at overpriced restaurants. You can pick these kind of people out by how much they talk about their jobs and nothing else. The only people that should be allowed to do this are stuntmen, Scotch tasters, and the like. (For the record, I have friends that’re corporate execs and professional wine connoisseurs that are excellent people. I was just using the unfavorable extreme stereotypes of those two professions to make a point. Cheers to you lads.)
Sometimes these behaviors are necessary in order to advance, to succeed professionally. We make sacrifices in order to achieve our career goals. Other times, however, people change little by little on an unconscious level until they’re unrecognizable to friends and family.
would the “twelve-year old you” beat you up
for what you’ve become today?
Goals and priorities change as we age but every now and then we need to do a gut check to contemplate whether they’re the right ones. It’s a bit frightening how easy we succumb to popular trends, peer pressure, and the demands of our occupation without realizing the impacts that they have on our personality.
So step back occasionally and ask yourself if you’re happy with who you’ve become. If you’re a business manager, be you’re own kind of business manager. If you’re a salesman, be you’re own kind of salesman. If you’re the professional caretaker of the Stanley Cup, well sir, you are a badass and should stay that way.
whatever you do in life, make it your ownand don’t sacrifice your values