And, Who Are You? The “I Am” Dilemma

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By Nilofer Merchant (Contributing Writer, Harvard Business Review)

Our titles are illusions and not reflective of one’s truth. This works both ways. I am not a grand pooh-bah if I have a fancy set of titles. And I am not a lowly piece of shit if I have a junior role within the organizational structure. And we don’t need to have our mobile voicemail message say I am so-and-so-of-such-and-such.

We are each more than our titles; we are each own unique selves. Letting go of these false exterior identities can be difficult and takes time, possibly our entire lifetime. But it starts with us realizing the falsity first, and then moving in the right direction of action. The point is not the title, the point is to do good value-creating, life-affirming, purpose-filled work. You are not nothing, you are endless possibility. How we manifest that endless possibility is our life’s work.

Read the full post at Nilofer Merchant’s blog.

About the guest blogger: Nilofer Merchant is a corporate advisor and speaker on innovation methods. Her first book, The New How, offering a handbook for setting direction collaboratively to achieve results, was published in 2010. Follow her on Twitter at @nilofer or sign up to get her blog at www.nilofermerchant.com.

  • http://www.theathenanetwork.com Zsa Zsa

    This is so true — “We are each more than our titles; we are each own unique selves.”
    But then our titles also reflect what is expected of the us, the role we must play and the responsibilities we face. While we should not measure ourselves based solely on our titles, we should not also forget why we hold such title/position in the first place.