Keeping Your Job Title in Perspective
Throughout the years I’ve cherished the wisdom and support of my mentors and truly inspirational leaders. The challenges and opportunities I’ve experienced have afforded me both learning and growth and at times, great joy. When you know who you are and what you value, your job title begins to matter less. Yes, they matter to most professionals for various reasons but other aspects of our lives matter just as much and more often than not, more than our job titles. While a variety of reasons contribute to the level of success one realizes, I continue to appreciate the importance of hard work and adding value. I’m a firm believer that they are critical to my effectiveness.
Ursula Burns’ mother instilled within her children that “where you are does not define who you are” and this resonates with me. This CEO of Xerox shares the wisdom of her mother that we can apply in our personal and professional lives.
Consider what would remain if both the benefits and challenges of your circumstances were removed. Think about yourself beyond the title associated with your employment and all of the circumstances that create your environment – many aspects remain including your values and ability and the extent to which you are willing to work hard. These aspects and your approach can help you learn and grow as well as enrich relationships and enhance work performance.
You may find value in considering that your job title and where you are do not define who you are but rather how hard you work and the value you add can be more important to the success you realize regardless of your personal or professional circumstances. Your job title is only one descriptor associated with you – value it as such and consider focusing on how hard you work and the value you add.