Without you knowing it, your job title could be the most dangerous label you can have.
So much of people's identity is tied to their job.
It’s often the first thing asked when we meet someone: “So, what do you do for work?”
Most people spend the majority of their lives at work, thinking about work and talking about work.
We get a tremendous amount of significance from our jobs and job title. If you have worked your arse off to make it to general manager, director or CEO you are going to be very proud.
When a job becomes someone's whole life, it doesn't happen intentionally. It happens because the more money they earn, the more time they exchange for it. There are more responsibilities, more expectations and demands on them.
Driven to provide a great life and prove our worth to ourselves and our employer, we put our whole identity into work.
Meanwhile, all this extra work takes people away from what is truly important to them—partner, family, health, fitness, hobbies. All of the areas of our lives that light us up and contribute to our significance.
But if all of our focus is on work and delivering on what we feel is expected, then we can’t get importance from doing the things we used to love that light us up.
Eventually, the things that made us who were were begin to fade. And therein lies the danger.
Because what happens if you lose your job?