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How To Describe Yourself Outside Of Work

Next time you are meeting a stranger or a party attendee, describe yourself with something less career-oriented, like how you spend your free time, what is it that you are really proud of, or what you do during your weekends.

This can lead to authentic and stimulating conversations, and remind you that you aren’t just your job.

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When We Identify With Our Job

Most of us when asked ‘so what do you do?’ at a typical party conversation end up describing our job profile and the work that we do, as it makes up our main identity, and sometimes the only identity we have.

Our career takes up most of our time and energy, but only defining oneself professionally is limiting and even diminishing our self-identity.

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  1. It limits you to a single identity.
  2. It gives an incomplete and shallow picture of you to others.
  3. It doesn’t leave room for connections and serendipity.
  4. It leads to burnout as we keep running the same treadmill of work and start to think we are only something because of it.

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Our job and identity

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Job Crafting: Using Your Superpowers To Mold Your Job Role

Job crafting is a mindset that allows us to take the initiative to reshape and redefine our job role, so that it feels stress free, energizing and fun, while staying relevant to us and the organization.

We all have certain superpowers, the special skill sets and strengths that are unique to us, and make us exceptional. We can bring about these superpowers we possess into our current role by focusing on People, Processes and Purpose.

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Enmeshment: No Boundaries Between Work And Personal Life

Jobs which lead to ‘enmeshment’, a state where work and personal life become one, are mostly self-determined.

The person is usually not working for someone else in a 9 to 5 role but is in professions that involve one’s identity, like a doctor, lawyer, entrepreneur, or lecturer.

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