“People say to me, ‘Here’s the situation at my job…’
Back it up. It’s not your job. You’re just sitting in the chair. Probably the chair someone else should be sitting in. It’s not who you are, it’s just where you are right now.”
– James Victore
I’ve been sitting in this chair for 4 years. There was a time it felt just right but it’s beginning to feel a bit small.
Goldilocks may have settled on Baby Bear’s chair after trying Mummy and Daddy Bear’s but Goldilocks still has some growing to do. There will be a time when Mummy Bear’s chair is just right or maybe not right at all in which case, she’ll have to look outside the Bears’ house for other chairs to sit in. She might even build her own chair one day.
Your job is not who you are. I love that. Sometimes that’s the only way we know how to define ourselves: what we do, where we are right now. But who we are is more than our work. It’s the core that drives us, makes us feel valued and fulfilled; a vast tapestry of skills, abilities and values interwoven with people and experience.
Once you see that the chair you’ve been given isn’t your chair, you suddenly have a choice to change it. Make room for someone else and choose a chair more in alignment with who you are.
Which chair do you choose?