So…what do you do?You're not your job

This phrase seems like a great ice breaker, but the intent is to find out where someone works and what they do at work.

What’s the problem with this?

A quote from Fight Club sums it up best:

You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet… ― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Next time instead of asking someone what they do, dig a little deeper. Spend sometime reflecting on these questions.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about living life to the fullest and enjoying every minute. At the end of my life I don’t want to look back with regrets or wish I had been more spontaneous and adventurous.

What challenges do you enjoy overcoming?

Challenges in life help us grow and learn. I like problem solving, especially when it comes to technology and lifestyle. Helping others bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be is exciting.

What makes you happy?

Getting up in the morning and spending time writing with a white chocolate mocha or pumpkin spice latte makes me happy. Using words to create new worlds and send characters on unrealistic adventures thrills me.

If money were not a restriction what would you be doing now?

I believe in achieving the impossible and overcoming traditionalist thinking. Too often we get bogged down with following the crowd, doing what everyone else is doing or listening to that tiny voice that says “you can’t.

You aren’t your job. Your life is so much more than the money you make and things you own. Next time, instead of asking someone what they do, ask them what they’re passionate about.

 

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