The other day I was thinking about the all revealing question we ask each other upon initial introductions and the common first pitch of "what do you do?" If someone were to ask me I may respond with "I'm in Sales" or "I help businesses grow" but wouldn't we all be better off asking the question "who are you?" instead? Wouldn't that stimulate deeper conversations and give deeper insight during interviews and after work drink gatherings?
I'm 48 and have done a lot of things in my life. Back in the day I would have been called a football player, a military man (go Air Force!), college student, telephony guy, sales guy among many other things but those just reflected what I did. It wouldn't have caught the essence of me! These were all means to an end such as dating women way out of my league, being a world traveler, culture expert, cook and finally an extrovert.
Soon I will be 50 and I realize I have been many things in my life. Who I am is not like some sort of "best of job compilation!" Currently I have a love affair with photography. It's not so much taking pics I love but the process of putting an image together. From scene selection, camera setting and finally post processing in Photoshop. So ask away with your "what do you do?" questions. If we should happen to cross paths I will kindly respond "I've been known as a Baldwin bother, award winning husband and hip dad but currently I'm a creative" and take a sip of my bourbon and coke and in kind I will ask "who are you?"
Things that make you go hmmmm......