If someone asked you "Who are you?", could you answer it in one sentence? If they asked you "What do you do?" could you do the same?
That first question made you pause and think. The second rolled off your tongue with ease.
Interesting, isn't it?
Those two questions are not the same thing, yet we treat them that way. We identify WHO people are by WHAT they do.
Not sure you agree? Fair enough. Let's look at a common scenario we find ourselves in from time to time.
We enter the room at a gathering. A party. An event. A BBQ. Wherever we are, the next thing that happens is commonplace.
We introduce ourselves.
By name, occupation, and location.
"Hi, my name is Brett. I'm a life coach. Our family lives in Fredonia, NY."
Someone else responds with their name, job, and domicile residency.
And the dance begins...
Do I ask them more about their job? Should I ask if they have kids? I could just go to the standard weather chat. Is that pulled pork over there? Wait...what did he say his name was again? Ughh...
I'm going to introduce myself again.
"Hi, my name is Brett. I help people discover WHO they are, so they will know WHAT to do."
I'd bet you are more interested about who I am now, than before. Why is that? Because in my first introduction I told you WHAT I was called (a life coach). In my second one, I shared WHO I was...AKA, my calling (to help people).
One is a task.
The other is inspirational.
That's precisely the point that I believe we are missing the mark on when it comes to raising up our kids, the next generation, a team, or our employees. We are teaching them that WHAT they do defines them as individuals.
What they do, is simply ONE expression of who they are. But it's not actually WHO they are.
Don't believe me?
Ask Millennials if they think they will have the same job for the next 30 years. They will either spit their drink through their nose laughing, or look at you like you've lost your mind.
Because the model of WHAT is broken. And I, for one, couldn't be more excited about it.
Because at the heart of real change is a foundational shift. From asking someone what they want to do when they grow up, to helping them discover who they are now.
Help someone discover a clear vision for their lives, based on a core set of values they truly believe in, and everything changes. Multiply that by a large group of people who share those beliefs?
Look out. You've just found a healthy culture of game-changers.
By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be made up of Millennials. I have a strong sense they will be considerably more concerned about making a difference based on WHO they are and WHY they exist, than anything else.
Oh, they will work. They will have jobs. They will lead. They will do amazing things. But again...I sense it will have way more to do with purpose than profit.
Because at the end of the day...
When you know WHO you are, you will know WHAT to do.
So...can you answer it without hesitation?
Who are you?
When you know WHO you are, you will know WHAT to do. You'll spend your time, energy, and resources walking out an outward expression of your inward vision.
We'll talk more about that, soon.
Thanks for stopping by today.
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.