Why Your Job Shouldn’t Define You

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Chapter 1.

False Assumption #1: Your Job Defines You

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When you’re a child you get asked this questions a lot: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This instantly assumes that your work defines you. And so when you are out of work or trying to build your own business, your lack of income causes you to suffer from inferiority complexes — destroying your spirit to persevere and your ability to think creatively.

“Fear destroys initiative, and discourages the use of imagination.”

 – Napoleon Hill

Instead, what we should learn to ask ourselves is, “Whom do we want to be when we grow up. How do I want people to remember me?” All great lives and businesses start with someone who knows who they are and how they want to help others. Other than being a means to putting food in your belly and a roof over your head, work (earning an income) is not something you should be doing just because everyone else is. It should be the thing you do because it’s your way of giving back. Work in its purest form is love made visible. The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘work’ as “an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result,” but whose results are we trying to achieve? If it’s not your own based on your personal values and aspirations, then unfortunately you’ve become a servant to time selling out into a life of mediocrity.

“It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.”

– Isaac D’Israeli

In the digital economy, it’s up to you to draw focus through your passion, hone your skills and find your way of adding value to a world that is more connected than ever before. Your life is not your job; it is an accumulation of the interwoven relationships and experiences that manifest around you that give it meaning. Money becomes a byproduct of your ability to serve others when you’re doing what you love; it’s your gratuity for putting your own personal ding in the universe.

“Intimate, loving, and enduring relationships with our family and close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

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