Many times as a child, I was faced with the following questions from family, friends, and teachers:
“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
In and of itself, it’s fair and harmless question. We all have hopes and dreams of contributing to society through our careers in some way, shape, or form.
However, there’s a far more important-and uncommon – question we should all ask of ourselves:
“Who do you want to become?”
Having a firm grasp on our identity is far more important than any career choice will ever make. This is so because the discovery of our identity precedes the discovery of our purpose. You can’t have one without the other, and contrary to popular belief:
“You cannot chase purpose and identity at the same time.”-Dharius Daniels
Identity stretches far beyond your name, birth date, SSN and the like. Your true identity lies in your values, beliefs and awareness. It lies in your God-given gifts and abilities. In becoming clear on this, you will rarely if ever miss the exit to your purpose, a purpose that will ultimately bring you joy because you are uniquely hardwired to carry it out.
First and foremost, find out who you are. From there, you’ll discover what you’re meant to do.