We always look for the best (of the best) job position: High executive, CEO, VP. Basically being the boss, or at least not being at the end of the chain. What a power can give a job title, right ?
Have you ever felt ashamed of the job you have? Or in the opposite, have you ever felt proud just by saying the name of the company you’re working in?
Honestly, for me: OF COURSE it happens sometimes! Who had never compared and/or tried to define themselves with anything? But I’ve learned this lesson. We’re not defined by the job title we’ve received. We’re not defined by the company we’re working in.
Listen. Even though you’re putting your heart into it or you’re investing your time, energy and PERSONALITY, YOU ARE NOT THE COMPANY.
People may perceive your entire identity by the company name or the professional position. But remember, you are always working FOR the company, not « WITH » the company.
It’s so important to distinguish our identity from our work. Why? Here is the reason :
If you define yourself by your job title, you will lose yourself as soon as you lose this job title. Imagine, let’s say: « I am … for the company … ». Then tomorrow, the company … does not need you anymore. What are you left with?
I know it may be hard to hear that. Frustrated? Maybe. Scared? Not at all.
You are what you are. And that is enough to define. Only after finding yourself, who you are is fully dedicating to your work, your family, your relationships. This is at this very moment that you find peace.
Now that you know you’re not defined by your job, how do you define yourself? Don’t hesitate to comment below to empower those who need it.
Photographer: Vianney Amegee