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We Are Not Our Jobs

We Are Not Our Jobs

“You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.” - Fight Club  (1999)

 

We Are Not Our Jobs

When adults ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, kids are expected to answer with a profession. Cowboy. Actress. Doctor.

 

But there's another way to answer that question.

 

What do you want to be?

 

We could answer, "I want to be useful, healthy, and financially independent."  

 

Our career can be a means to those ends. But for most of us, it isn't an end in and of itself.

 

We are not our jobs.

 

That doesn't mean we don't have to figure out what to do to earn a living. The average person spends 50 years working. But our job is just one part of the formula that helps us make a positive impact on the world. One part of the formula that helps us become what we want to be. Useful. Healthy. Financially independent.

 

Our job is an important part of the formula—sometimes the biggest part—but not the whole formula.

 

Just one part.

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