If you are one of those people who created a life plan in childhood and have been able to stick to it, then this post doesn’t apply to you. (Or maybe not, you might want to keep reading.)
I follow Dave Kerpen on LinkedIn, he is one of LI’s ‘influencers’, and he made a comment in a post a few weeks ago that has bubbled back up to my mental surface. His comment was about reinventing yourself professionally. I believe that the context was within changing careers.
Inventing something means to create a finite object or complete idea. The first radio was invented, manufactured, marketed, sold – and has been taken over by all sorts of new inventions. And so on for all the myriad items that have been invented since the wheel. These follow up items are reinventions of the radio, rather new inventions that improve upon it or use its invention as a starting point to create something completely different.
If you carry over this idea to a person, then how do you really define when the person is completely ‘invented’? At the outset of adulthood? First professional job? Creation of a family? Standing on our own two feet financially?
I could keep going, but you get the picture. Our life is a trajectory with many pauses and course changes but only one point of completion. I am, then, still in the process of inventing me. A career change isn’t a reinvention, just a new part of the invention that is me.
What do you think?
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