Our work doesn’t define us. What we do defines our work.
Have you had this conversation?
Me: Hi! I’m David.
New Friend: Hello. I’m Tom.
Me: Nice to meet you. What do you do?
Tom: I’m an engineer. What do you do?
Sound familiar? Are we initiating small talk or are we trying to establish the other person’s worth in society? Depending on their answer and our opinions, are we placing a dollar amount above their head?
Maybe we should rethink how we live instead of what we do. Pick one of these three options and see if it changes what you do.
- We are defined by what we do in our free time.
- We are defined by our wildest dreams.
- We are defined by what we cherish the most.
What is your passion? What drives you? What convicts you?
Careers change in the blink of an eye. Spending time with friends and family, serving the community or pursuing a fun interest are things that can say a lot more about you than your job.