Who You Are and What You DoPosted: September 16, 2010 | Author: Greg Linster | Filed under: Navel-gazing | 3 Comments »
Is there a difference between who you are and what you do?
On some level, I think we all hope this is true. And I would argue that there are clear distinctions. However, it’s often portrayed in society that there is some magical way of demarcating these two realms of life. At 5 o’clock, or whenever you get off work, your work life is supposed to cease and smoothly transition into your personal life. That sounds great in theory, but it just doesn’t work that way. This is especially true for people who can perform tasks remotely. If you’re unhappy at work, your personal life is going to suffer for it, regardless of how great it might otherwise be. In my opinion, the opposite is also true.
We spend a large portion of our waking hours doing work. It seems to me that many people downplay the role of work in overall happiness and delay addressing this fundamental issue in favor of focusing on other personal issues. Instead of tackling the career difficulties head on, painful as it may be, many people instead choose to focus on their next two week vacation. The idea of only being able to be your happy self for two weeks a year seems insane to me, yet it’s all too common. There are other aspects of life that can be altered to address this problem.
Acknowledging the reality that a big part of who you are personally is going to be affected by what you do professionally would thus seem paramount in life planning.