My business was my first love.
It was the first thing I gave everything to, and the first
thing that gave everything to me. The two of us were absolutely faithful
to each other. We were inseparable. You couldn’t tell where the
company ended and I began.
Which was professionally helpful, but psychologically
Because as with any first love, our flame slowly started to
I was changing. She was changing. The world around us was
changing. And both of us knew we were starting to outgrow the relationship.
So I freaked out.
This wasn’t just a breakup, this was an identity crisis.
And that’s the danger of throwing your heart into something
and letting it become all you stand for. The moment it slips away, panic
settles in. And you start wondering
to yourself, what am I supposed to do
when the best part of me was always you?
Identity diversification, that’s what.
Become more than what you’re known for. Live larger than
your labels. Create a richer repertoire of meaning. Establish an identity
independent of your profession.
In short, stop being so goddamned one-dimensional.
We’re not supposed to be one thing in life.
And we’re not supposed to love one thing either.