“Who do I want to become?” or “What do I want to be?”
Which question are you asking yourself? Your choice may determine the depth of your life, the wisdom in it, and the success of your career.
After watching a new CEO client begin his tenure at a global company I noticed his ease while listening, talking, giving direction, and saying “I don’t know. That sounds good to me. Go ahead and do it.” (Whatever the “it” is).
What we’re really seeing here is a man who has, over a lifetime, decided to “become” the kind of person he wanted to be. I know for a fact that he didn’t set out to be a CEO. In fact, he was invited into the role. The reason he received the invitation, I believe, rests in great part on who he is to the people around him.
Yet “who he is” was shaped by not ambitiously jumping into a position that was too far ahead of “who he was” at the moment. His career path shows a progression that was measured and steady, building solid relationships and new knowledge along the way. And each step on the ladder reflected genuine accomplishment.
Now he has become a CEO; he doesn’t have to play the role of CEO.
And that’s the distinction between where the two questions above will lead you.
Who do you want to become?
Or, do you want to play a role?
Think about the difference. It will change your life.