Creating Separation

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Create and Claim Value Outside of Your Professional Role

purpose Sep 15, 2022

It is easy to define ourselves solely by the work that we do professionally. Our identities may be wholly tied to it yet we feel the need to break away and create value outside of what we do for a living. This is especially challenging when we feel like our current role has plateaued or we feel confined to others' perception about who we are. If we feel compelled to show others that we have much more to offer and we are seeking more fulfillment and alignment in our lives, we need to create and claim our value outside of our professional role.

How to Create and Build Value That’s Not Tied To Your Job Identity

There are several ways you can create value outside of your professional role. Here are four that you can try:

  1. Get involved in your community. There are many ways to do this, whether it’s volunteering, joining a local organization, or simply being an active and engaged citizen. When you give back to your community, you not only make it a better place, but you also make yourself more valuable as a person.
  2. Pursue your passions. We all have things that we are passionate about, and pursuing them can make us more well-rounded individuals. When we invest our time and energy into something we care about, it shows in everything we do.
  3. Stay fit. Not only does this have a direct impact on your health, but it also shows that you are committed to being in shape and taking care of yourself.
  4. Network with others. If you’re looking to build a professional network, you have to meet new people and connect with them. Get out of your comfort zone and reach out to people who can help your career or give you advice. If your professional career has in fact plateaued, seek out opportunities to meet with those in other professions or areas of interest that you are passionate about.

The Benefits of Creating and Claiming Value Outside Your Professional Role

There are many personal benefits to creating value beyond your present role. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the satisfaction that comes from knowing you are making a difference in the lives of others. When you create value for others, you also create value for yourself. This can be in the form of new skills and knowledge, new relationships, or simply a sense of accomplishment.

Creating value can also help you stand out from your peers and build a positive reputation. When you are known as someone who is always looking for ways to add value, people will be more likely to seek you out and want to work with you. This can lead to opportunities for advancement and greater responsibility at work, or even new job opportunities.

Finally, creating value can improve your mental and physical health. Research has shown that attaining a “sense of meaning” through personally fulfilling work raises self-esteem, lowers depression and leads to better overall health.

Creating and claiming more value is a worthwhile goal. Ironically, creating value outside of your professional role can actually help to reinvigorate your passion for your current career and lead to greater fulfillment and growth opportunities.



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