I feel a power in me that I must develop, a fire that I may not put out but must fan, although I don’t know to what outcome it will lead me.
~ Vincent Van Gogh
Do you, like Van Gogh, feel a power, a fire, a spark that you can not put out but must fan and ignite?
A close friend of mine held several prominent positions at large corporations. When he left his last role unexpectedly, he found himself seeking similar roles where he could continue to add the same value.
It’s natural. Most humans prefer known outcomes, which leads us to tie our identity to one role or title.
- I’m the VP of product.
- I’m the CEO.
- I’m the head of marketing.
But when we connect our identities to one role, we may find ourselves stuck in binary thinking, pursuing lateral moves or upward mobility when the role ends, whether due to layoff, firing, or even personal desire.