I was thinking about career identity today, how important our professional lives are to who we are and how we interact with people. Our jobs are completely intersected with how we introduce ourselves and how we find value in what we do. But there seems to be varying levels of involvement within committing yourself fully to your career identity. And who decides what that identity is?
Is it what you do – or who you work for? Or what you impact, who you impact and serve?
It must be more than just who pays you.
As I was spiraling I caught myself when I started to think about why any of us work at all, and why companies pay people to do anything – it’s because there are problems to solve. If we can focus and define our career identity around what problems we solve – that goes way beyond company, function or industry. It allows you to focus on YOU.
What problems do you solve everyday?