This can be a daunting question, a question that can determine the prospect of most relationships. If you answered, “I’m a nurse,” you might not make it into my circle of friends. If you answered, “I’m a Radio Content Producer,” you automatically qualify.
It’s a sad reality that in our society job titles have come to define who a person is. Conversation starters are becoming less about the weather or news headlines, but more about our job titles.
I once made small talk with a beautiful lady in a cramped taxi after a few minutes of gathering the confidence to utter my first word. We talked about her destination and the reckless taxi driver. The moment I asked what she did for a living, everything turned sour. The smile that had brightened the whole taxi was no longer there, I was immediately given the newsreader face.
Puzzled, I asked, “Is it something I said?” She responded, “If I said I was a cleaner in some madam’s house, would it change what you think of me?” She then got off the taxi.
We meet people every day. Whether we talk to them or not, we live with an assumption of who they are – yes, we judge each other!
My plea is this, define others by who they are rather than what they do. Don’t lose touch with who you are because of your fancy or your not-so-fancy job title. You’re not your job!