Imagine life as a journey down a highway in a car. Our jobs may feel like the dominant force, taking the wheel and steering our entire existence. But just as in driving, we need to remember that our job is just one aspect of the journey, not the entire road.
In his upcoming book, “The Good Enough Job,” journalist Simone Stolzoff sheds light on the importance of diversifying our identity beyond our job titles. Through interviews with over 100 workers, Stolzoff discovered that defining ourselves solely by our jobs can be risky, as it leaves us vulnerable to losing our entire sense of self if our job is lost.
Stolzoff’s solution is to diversify our identity portfolio, just like we would diversify our investments. By finding non-work activities that bring joy and meaning to our lives, such as volunteering, joining a sports team, or spending quality time with loved ones, we create a well-rounded identity that is not solely dependent on our job for fulfillment.
Another key insight from Stolzoff’s research is the power of a “good enough” mindset toward work. Instead of expecting our job to fulfill all our dreams and aspirations, Stolzoff suggests setting realistic expectations. Viewing work as a transactional exchange of time for money, rather than the ultimate expression of our individualism, can lead to greater happiness and fulfillment.
Stolzoff emphasizes the importance of knowing ourselves outside of work. By embracing a multifaceted identity and recognizing that work is just one aspect of our lives, we can prevent it from taking over our entire existence. This allows us to have enough energy and time to pursue other interests and activities, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.
So, let’s take a cue from Stolzoff and remember that our job is just one lane on the highway of life. Let’s diversify our identity, set realistic expectations, and view work as a transactional adventure. By doing so, we can reclaim our lives outside of the office and find that sweet spot of work-life harmony.
Let’s enjoy the ride and make the most of all the diverse experiences life has to offer. Cheers to finding fulfillment beyond our job titles and living a well-rounded and meaningful life!
Watch for Simone Stolzoff’s book The Good Enough Job launching May 23, 2023