More Than a Name
More Than a Name
Your identity is important. More than your name, your identity defines who you are as a person. When someone thinks about you, they think of who you are as a person and what actions you do. They think about your identity. Now your identity is yours, free to shape and mold as you choose. Your passions will influence your identity. You will impact the lives of everyone you meet, large or small. How much of an impact you have depends upon your identity.
Take a moment to look back at your childhood, think about the school system you attended. Think about how many teachers you have had influence you. Through all the years and all the grades, I am certain there were some teachers that did not have a lasting impact on your life. Not that they were bad teachers or even bad people, they simply taught just enough material needed for you to advance to the next subject. These teachers did exactly what they were paid to do and nothing more. From an outside perspective, this is all that is ever asked, show up and do your job.
On the other hand, I am certain there was a teacher whom you remember vividly. Long after the grades were counted and the class ended, their impression remains. This type of teacher goes the extra mile creating a learning experience beyond math and physics, they taught us life lessons. Although these two types of teachers share the same title, teacher, their identities are as different as night and day. I believe the underlining difference between these teachers is passion. Having passion for your profession. Long after the students have left and the coffee runs dry, the passion remains.
The teaching example can be replaced with any profession or along any walk of life. Living and working with passion will provide the energy necessary to go that extra mile. You will impact the lives of everyone you meet, large or small. These impressions people remember will be about who you are as a person and what you did. Each and every encounter people will see more than your name. What do you want people to think about when they think of you, the person who does just enough, or the person who changed their life?