How many roles are you performing in your life? I don’t know about you, but in mine, it’s like one woman play some days and I’m the starring performer, the understudy, the crew and at times it seems the ticket box staff, too. I think I am the comic relief as well. 🙂 Can you relate? As an entrepreneur trainer, one of the most important conversations I encourage my staff and my clients to have is this one:
What matters to you?
What roles bring you the experience of joy?
What are the unexpected happies that happen in your world when you do what you do?
Personally, if I am with creatives who are focused on their gifts, their intentional actions to build whatever they are building and there’s great fellowship while we do the work, I’m a happy camper. What does that for you?
Folks like to talk about defining your role as in “I’m a plumber”. That is a one word answer that spans hundreds of different skills. That may be an identifiable term for many folks, but really, do you KNOW what a plumber does? Is a plumber who works in your home different from one who works for the city? What about a corporate plumber versus a rural one? Nothing is as easy as defining a life with a word. Perhaps the better mode is to identify what it is you seek to be or become. The answers may change as you go, for once I was simply a teacher, later I could say a training professional, and later still I could say a hybrid strategist for authors, speakers, and creatives.
At fifty-one there are many more hats that I could wear, and most times the goal is simply to recognize which ones still fit and which ones need to be retired. Isn’t it important to choose carefully how we spend our time? It’s such a precious resource and as I focus more on my own well-lived life, there are many hats I am beginning to retire. Hats such as the one who is willing to work harder for other’s success than my own. Hats that are for skills or talents that are not my personal ones and are better served by those who flourish for that gifting. Hats that are too small now, like limited perspectives and narrow views that I previously didn’t know better than to believe Experience is a wonderful teacher if you’ll allow wisdom her space in your life.
In my world I cultivate projects that empower people. It is tremendously happy work for me, though taxing it times. Often it is speaking into life and then following through with actions that matter consistently tough things to do. It is a wide definition, but so are my skills and projects.. If you want to narrow the focus, I will tell you that I work with well-able thinkers who are creatives and desire to enact their ideas. Even narrower still is I am a ghost writer, a wordsmith, a copy and content creator, an educator who works with well-able creatives and entrepreneurs, and an adept platform and curriculum builder who enjoys identifying and actuating strategic alignments for experiential and product sales success. Whew, that’s a mouthful, maybe I should look at the book for one word answers again. That still doesn’t cover all the roles I do, but it gives on the concept of where it all comes from.
What hats do you wear? Daily I’m a bride to my husband, a mom and stepmom to our four original children and about eight other chosen ones who have come through our doors in life as young adults, I’m a business owner of two businesses, a writer, and success strategist. …and I like to throw in and a full time avoider of laundry. I’m a friend, a lover to my husband, a community member and a singer and lover of music. The hats just go on and on. I bet you have many hats to wear in the roles of your life too.
However the most important hat I wear? The one that says I’m me, the one that knows I am uniquely human, flawed, and learning as I go to live this life obediently to the God I worship and so adore. That hat fits no matter what size I am, no matter where I go or what I do.
What hats are you wearing these days? Which ones bring you joy?