Being passionate about your job is great — but there are limits. If you become so wrapped up in your professional identity that setbacks at work affect your self-worth, that’s a problem. Keep a healthy perspective by distinguishing who you are from what you do. Your job is just that — a job.
Maybe you’re a “senior analyst” at work, but in life you’re much more than that. Your worth as a person is not tied to your position on the org chart. So when someone criticizes a report you wrote or a presentation you gave, remind yourself that they’re criticizing the report or the presentation, not you.
By shifting your perspective this way, you build resilience and protect your self-esteem from challenges and even failures (which are inevitable, after all).
And having a strong sense of self, in turn, will help you perform better in your role.
This tip is adapted from “When Your Job Is Your Identity, Professional Failure Hurts More,” by Timothy O’Brien
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