Why You Don't Need to Seek Validation from a Job Title

by - June 18, 2018

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As we grow professionally, job titles begin to mean more to us. They've become a symbol of our progress and achievements, but they have also become a key part of our identity. When you introduce yourself to a stranger at a party or an event, when you talk with your distant relatives at Christmas and even when you dive into the online dating pool - your job title and where you work is often the first thing you tell people about yourself right after your name. "And what do you do?" or "And what are you?" - it's often the first thing you're being asked to share. Your name is who you are, so does it mean that your job title is part of who you are too? Or is it just a title?

When you work hard for a year to earn your promotion, what excites you more - is it just the financial reward that comes with it or is it the shiny new letters that you gain at the bottom of your work email signature as well? A signifier that you've progressed, that you've reached another level of growth? That you're better than you were this time last year? Let's be honest here, job titles make us feel good about ourselves. They make it so easy to present ourselves and to impress others. They give us the assurance and confidence that we are doing something right that is well-recognised by the world. This is who we are, this is what we do - it's kind of great. There's nothing wrong wanting to grow and achieve more for yourself.

But there are also downsides. If your job title is so closely intertwined with who you are and is something that poses a great significance for your overall happiness and well-being, there might be moments in your life when you'd question yourself. The moments when you realise it has taken you more than the anticipated amount of time to get the promotion, the moments when you might feel stuck and that you are not progressing at the tempo and rate you'd like to. Don't get me wrong - questioning yourself and who you are as a person is something you can't avoid either way, it's a rite of passage regardless of your age and success. Yet there's healthily re-assessing your life and direction, and there's feeling lost and confused. You have the power to change the latter. You can be aware in a way that can help you know the difference and take action to make a positive change that will better the way you see yourself and find meaning in your life.

Your job title might give you a certain sense of purpose, but it's not all that you are. You don't need official wording to define what you do with your life and what your identity is. It doesn't have to embody you. Job titles come and go, sometimes by your choice, sometimes by the choice of others. But who you are as a person, your true essence can't be defined by the choices of others. It's entirely up to you. Embrace who you are, not in terms of what your email signature says about you. What is it that you truly love? What makes you smile and laugh? What are your crafts and passions - that's part of who you are. Love your job, fully love what you do, but you don't need to seek love and validation from the title that it comes with. The title is not really your purpose, your actions are how you make a difference in your chosen field. Allow yourself to feel good because you've achieved your goals, but also allow yourself to feel good just because. Your worth extends beyond a title.
You are wonderful, just because.

I hope your day is full of love and purpose.

In Daily Motivation we will lead the fight to stay motivated, whether it's about your job, the boring tasks you have to deal with, the workplace-built intolerance, finding the strength and time for your real passions, follow what truly makes you happy, or just live and wake up without the daunting feeling of having to go through another rushed day.

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