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Your Job Title Doesn’t Define You

  • Emily Rice

Emily Rice

1 min read
Your Job Title Doesn’t Define You

Titles that other people give you are far more important than the title your job gives you.

Meeting a compassionate and kind human being or listening to their life story on how they got to where they are today, will always hold a higher significance than what they do for a living.

The individual may care, but other people don’t typically swoon, become emotional, or feel inspired over someone else’s job title. Instead, people get excited about the individual.

The second most frequently asked question, after your name, is probably “what do you do for a living?”

From that one brief answer of what we do for work, others will make assumptions about our intellect, schooling, pay, ambition, and/or value to society.

No wonder why people feel defined by what they do.

The good news is that you are not your job.

Job titles identify roles and responsibilities within an organization – they do not define who you are.

Your job is one part of your multifaceted self.

We often forget that the cashiers, bank tellers, salesman/woman, and doctors are people with lives of their own. They all have passions, goals, beliefs, experiences, values, interests, hobbies, and qualities that define them, making them unique.

Whether it’s the most admirable job in the world or a temporary job to get you by, everyone is more than their job title.

We may all be a “something” but we are also a “someone.” There’s a difference!