Essence and Identity Episode #34
This is a very important topic for me. I discuss the importance of realizing the difference between essence and identity.
If we had to walk around with name tags that described not how we saw ourselves, but how others viewed us it would be an extreme eye opener.
Identity is how we are seen by others. At one point in my life my identity was a great service advisor in the automobile industry. The truth being that I don't even like cars and had no passion for the business. 17 years I stayed in the same business. Get up, go to work, make a good wage and go home. I was comfortable, my family was comfortable.
The question is what is comfortable?
I truly despised working in the automobile industry. I was told by numerous people that I could not do anything else, I should stay where I was.
This was drilled in my head not only by other people but eventually by myself.
If you let others dictate your future you're not going to live within your essence.
I ended up leaving the car business. I do miss a lot of great people but I did what I had to do.
The year following my departure from the car business was one of the most trying periods of my life. I went from making $57,000 a year to roughly $3,000 the first year. The beauty behind this is that I learned so much in that year that it would start to shape my direction.
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