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Your job role is not your identity, so relax a bit

By Arvind Pandey
Published in Life & Productivity
February 24, 2022
1 min read

Think for a moment.
You were born.
You were a kid.
Went to school.
Did an specialisation. Now you work at a company called XYZ.
XYZ pays you to do the job.
In this process you could have been anything.
Like, teacher, librarian, chef, engineer, actor etc.
You can switch your role from being a teacher to
a librarian and vice-versa provided you have the skill.

So, it boils down to this -
as long as you have what it takes to play a role,
you can keep switching the role.

If you are just playing a role,
do you think you should consider
your job role as your identity?
In my opinion, no.
You are what you are.
And it’s ok if you haven’t figured out who you are
but don’t consider your role as your identity.
The only thing one should worry about
is playing that role as best as one can, with little bit fun and humility.
When an actor is playing a role in a movie,
it does not become his identity.
He just portrays a character.
It’s okay to mess-up with a role.
Change the movie.
Pick up the new role and move on.
If you think your job in this way,
you will be detached.
You will see yourself from other person’s point of view.
Your vision of yourself would be much clearer.
You will not create false wall around you.
You will be more fluid and grounded.

So, play the role as best as you can. And don’t forget to have fun.


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