Giving up our identity to steal a worthier self

Each of us goes to great lengths to preserve what we consider to be our identity. 

It’s a control thing. We cling to our precious little personal brand that because it provides us some kind of certainty. 

But the funny thing about identity is, it’s not something that’s given, once and for all. There is no fixed point at which we can decisively say, I am that. 

Each one of us is a constantly unfolding process, not a fixed state. Each one of us is evolving toward an ever more perfect whole. 

Particularly when it comes to our professional lives. According to the bureau of labor statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age forty, and this number is projected to grow. We seem to go through careers like we do cars or refrigerators. 

All the more reason not to cling to our identities too tightly. Because they’re just going to change in two years anyway. Work may not be the sole identifier of the self, but does give us a secure place in a portion of reality. 

Thinking back to the many reinventions of my career, thank god I gave myself permission to clear the slate to reexamine and redefine. Thank god I forced myself to cast my professional net wider than I might have liked. 

Because we now live in a furiously evolving career landscape, and there are more opportunities than ever before. 

And so, here’s my benediction. 

May you be brave enough to give up your identity to steal a worthier self. 

May you be curious to press on in search of what you could do and where you belong. 


What energy devours and swallows your identity? 

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Scott Ginsberg

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