Most people define who they are by what they do. You have done it and so have I. When you meet someone new there will be the question in the conversation …”what do you do?” and you will give your title to your job. They do not stop and tell you about them as a person – they tell you their job title.
I don’t like to define someone by their profession or assume what they do make them smarter than someone else. I like to know to get to know the person and hear what they have to say.
Walking through the hallway’s of a mental hospital I am exposed to all kinds of people and types. The list could go on and on at the professions and skills that has passed through those doors. A man who sat on the hall and looked very much like the images people seem to have in their mind as to what mental illness looks like, he was un-kept, talking to himself, and did not care who was around him at the time.
We did not speak as I walked past, he did not notice. He sparked my attention, being a face I had not seen before…or I did not think I had seen him before.
When I walked by the next time he looked up and our eyes met, they did not have a sparkle but he said “hello” speaking back caused a small conversation to begin and I recognized the face. The small talk began and that question was asked, “What are you doing now?” his reply made me sad, “I am nothing, I am just a bum on the street, I can’t even get a job anymore.” I replied, “Don’t call yourself a bum that is not true.” He titled his worth on not having a job – not able to do the jobs he used to do.
I have heard other nurses respond “Which hat? – on the weekends I am a part time ER nurse – during the week I am just a staff nurse on the units of a mental hospital.” She never gave herself credit about herself as a person.
No job – whether it is a nurse or other profession defines the person doing the job. That is what you do – that is not who you are. Yes I have been a nurse for 25 total years – but my name is Angela Brooks and I am a mother of two boys, Dale’s wife and God’s baby girl. The nurse is just what I do. I enjoy my business that I do from home – but I am still not “just a nurse” or “just a marketer“.
Enjoy who you are – that is what attracts people to you –
Angela was voted 110th Leading Moms in Business she is also Silver Director for her achievement of being the first in her business to build a solid Silver 2nd level Team Performance and over 30,000 in volume without using the phone. She is setting a model of how to build relationships online, through social media, blogging and email. She was also named #22 in the 2012 Top 50 Blogs Check out her website at www.angelabrook.com