📑 What Happens When Your Career Becomes Your Whole Identity

Bookmarked What Happens When Your Career Becomes Your Whole Identity (Harvard Business Review)

So how do you know if your identity has become enmeshed with your career? Consider the following questions:

How much do you think about your job outside of the office? Is your mind frequently consumed with work-related thoughts? Is it difficult to participate in conversations with others that are not about your work?

How do you describe yourself? How much of this description is tied up in your job, title, or company? Are there any other ways you would describe yourself? How quickly do you tell people you’ve just met about your job?

Where do you spend most of your time? Has anyone ever complained to you that you are in the office too much?

Do you have hobbies outside of work that do not directly involve your work-related skills and abilities? Are you able to consistently spend your time exercising other parts of your brain?

How would you feel if you could no longer continue in your profession? How distressing would this be to you?

Janna Koretz discusses hedging your bets and finding a sense of identity outside of your career. Some of suggestions that Koretz provides include free up time, find other activities, build up your network and decide what is important.

This does not just relate to being burnt out, it also touches on when the job actually changes.

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