identity of work

I’m not attached to work titles. Sure, they are tied to how much you earn at the end of the month, but I always felt they were an unnecessary weight to your decisions.

The first problem is the main problem of any job. We’re tied to money.
Unless we reach financial freedom we’re at stake, so we will always think that, if we make a bad choice, we’ll lose money and thus put at risk our personal life.

There’s also this misconception that money equals success.
While money is indeed often correlated, is not what success means, it’s not success “per se”. Money is a by product of success.

That’s why we’re tricked into thinking that if we get more money, we’re better. To some extend it might seems true but we should also consider the trade-offs, the sacrifices, how we improved life around us, not only for us.

If, during our growth, we improved the world around us, then by all means that is extremely good, a good sign that the work we do resonates and creates wealth.

If we’re the only one that benefits from our actions, then we’re probably sacrificing other people, stealing part of their light. That should not be confused with success. At least for me that is a failure.

When we talk about money, the stakes are high, and it’s hard to say no. But that’s what defines you as a human. It’s easy to say no if your values are written in the stone, if they are clear, if they are pure, if they include the world around you.

Titles mean we’re afraid to lose power, to get to a lower level, to lose recognition.
This leads us to the second issue: We identify ourselves with our work.

Work is important, work can change the world.
But we’re not our work.
We are what we do after work. We are our family, our circle of friends, our hobbies.
We are what we don’t share publicly, we are that intimacy.

Yet, we often think that our work is what we are. That if we lose a title, we will be worse.
We’re not. But it’s all about discovering again that work is a small part of our life, an important one, but one that doesn’t and maybe shouldn’t define us entirely.

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