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How To Not Fall Into The

"I Am My Job" Trap

By Lara Livingstone Published 9 months ago 4 min read

Navigating the corporate ladder requires a strategic approach and a blend of skills. First, you have to set clear career goals and create a road map to achieve them. It's up to you to showcase your dedication and initiative by taking on new challenges and responsibilities both when asked and also proactively.

Building a strong professional network is vital; seek mentors and foster relationships with colleagues. Develop effective communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate seamlessly with diverse teams.

Continuous learning is crucial; seek training opportunities to enhance your expertise. Be adaptable to change and embrace innovation. Always deliver results and maintain a positive attitude even in challenging situations. Demonstrate leadership qualities by supporting and motivating team members.

Visibility is essential; volunteer for high-impact projects and to help showcase your achievements to a wider audience. Maintain your ethical standards and treat everyone with respect. Lastly, understand that career growth may involve lateral moves or even setbacks, but stay persistent and remain committed to your aspirations.

Once you have moved further up the corporate ladder, you can sometimes get lost in it. Falling prey to becoming tied to your job - to such an extent that it drains you of all of your creativity, initiative and energy.

While it's essential to take pride in your work, it's equally crucial to maintain a healthy balance between your personal identity and your career. Here are five ways to fall into the trap of equating yourself with your job:


When you believe that your job is who you are, you may find it difficult to disconnect from work. This can lead to overworking and sacrificing time with family, friends, and personal interests. Remember, you are more than your job title, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for your overall well-being and general mental health.


Seeking external validation through work achievements: If you tie your self-worth solely to your job performance and accomplishments, you might constantly seek approval from others in the workplace and some of them may not be the right people for you.

While recognition and standing out from your colleagues is important, relying on it, to boost your self-esteem can be emotionally draining and ultimately unsustainable.


When you perceive your job as your identity, you might neglect personal growth outside of work-related skills. Engaging in hobbies, pursuing learning opportunities, building your confidence and exploring different interests like meditation, crafting, astrology is vital for a well-rounded and fulfilling life.


If you experience a sudden, unexpected change in your professional life, like being made redundant, bereavement, the early end of a project, retirement, or a complete career shift, it can be disorienting, especially if your identity is closely tied to your job.

You might feel like you've lost a significant part of yourself, making the transition feel even more challenging to navigate.


Neglecting mental and emotional well-being: Placing too much importance on your job can lead to increased stress and anxiety, especially when work-related challenges arise. Neglecting your mental and emotional well-being can have adverse effects on your overall health and happiness.

The first thing that most people drop when in place of work, is looking after their fitness and eating healthily. Listen to your body - find out what is missing from your daily diet and include it either naturally or via supplements.

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Ultimately the best way to avoid falling into the trap of equating yourself with your job, try to maintain a healthy work/life balance.Remember that your job is just one aspect of the intriguing, unique qualities that combine to make up your multi-dimensional identity.

You have the freedom to craft the life you deserve If you learn to prioritise self-care, and set boundaries between work and personal life, you will ensure you reach an ideal work-life balance.

Who knows, you may even find you want to change everything up and do a 360 and become a full time-entrepreneur.

Your future is in your hands

Talk to you soon,

Lara xo

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About the Creator

Lara Livingstone

Time waits for no one and no one understands that better than me, as a digital creator and blogger. If you want to maximize your time, & keep up to date with all the latest travel/life news - check out my articles, products, and reviews

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