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What you do is not who you are

Anthony Auchab, a motivational speaker, sheds light on the value of you. 

“For most of us, our career is tied into self-actualisation, a dream that is realised. Thus, when you are asked who you are, more often than not, you introduce yourself as your career,” explains Anthony Auchab, a motivational speaker and founder of the Bridge Institute of Learning. 

“So more often than not, we derive our identity from what we do. The value we attach to ourselves as a result of linking our identity to our career. It has become a measuring tool of purpose and belonging, and that is not always healthy.”

Because our career is just part of who we are, Anthony believes that we cannot base our self worth entirely on what we do. 

“Many of us are in jobs or professions where we still struggle to define our purpose. A career is part of the bigger puzzle. It is important to aim for holistic wellbeing. That includes your career as well as other aspects of your life, such as relationships, health and so on.”

A healthier definition of self is achieved by expanding your sense of self-worth. “It is a process that begins with your awareness, knowing who you are. The key questions are: Who am I? What do I want in life? How am I standing in my own way? It starts with questions such as these, and the answers require digging.

“Ask yourself, ‘Am I doing something worthwhile? Am I contributing to the bigger picture?’

“Accepting yourself, exploring your options and basically doing what you like or following your passion, adds to your quality of life, and self-worth is at the centre of that.”

Anthony’s career is a testament of following his passions.

“My career is people advancement. I work with a lot of people and organisations in helping people establish a life purpose, work-life balance, and a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. I am merely following my passion and it’s something that comes naturally. I am deeply tuned into people. I know that I am making a difference, one person at a time, and that is my worth.

“Whatever your goal or dream, execute relentlessly. Be in the frame of mind that you should always execute. That is the direct opposite of having ideas and never acting on them. The best advice I received is to execute relentlessly, not only in business but in your personal life as well.”

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