Recently, I was giving a radio interview for my book, Don’t Fluck It Up, when the interviewee asked me how I’d like to be introduced for this segment.
The question, though seemingly simple, made me stop and think. How do I identify myself?
What Do I Do?
The question was difficult for me to answer because I’m kind of a jack of all trades. I really like to be involved in many things simultaneously and I believe each title contributes to who I am as a person.
Currently, I would say that my career path consisted of Health & Wellness Director, Fitness Instructor, Event Planner/Coordinator, Blogger, Author, Copy Writer, Tutor, Youth Mentor, Jr. High Sunday School Teacher, and Resume Writing/Interview Coach.
Can’t Make Up My Mind?
It isn’t so much that I can’t decide on ONE thing to commit myself to for my career, but more so that I want to develop all my strengths and offer my talents everywhere they can be used.
Not everyone like-minded in the sense that they want to fill their schedule to the brim. Even me, who finds value in devoting myself to all kinds of work, needs some me-time to rejuvenate.
Innate or Insane?
Looking back on my career path, it is interesting to see that I’ve always held multiple jobs simultaneously. I started working at age 14 as a ballet instructor and played the organ in church. When I got to college, I worked in two different coffee houses, worked as a dance teacher, math tutor and campus fitness instructor.
My parents were so generous and paid for my education, so I didn’t need to hold that many jobs, but to me, I got to know a lot about myself. I was able to understand what I liked and didn’t like about every job. I found out that I’m horrible at sales, I’m a spirited teacher, and care about making people happy (yay, customer service!).
Work was a way of finding what I excelled at and what I was passionate about. Yes, I like to stay busy and I like a packed schedule, but it makes me feel valued to know that I’m using all my talents to contribute back to the community.
The important thing is that I’m happy. I’m doing what I was meant to do – using my natural talents to excel in my work. When you use your talents to do what you love, you’ll find that your work, though it can be exhausting, is rewarding and satisfying.
So…yes. Just be you. You’ll find the career you want to be in and more importantly, you’ll be using your talents for good!