Let's play of game of 3 questions.
What are the three questions that someone asks you when you first meet? I'll give you a moment. Oh. You already got it? I can bet we have the same answers. Scroll down to see.
I grew up in the U.S. so I'm curious if we're on the same wavelength here (feel free to comment your own answers 🤓).
The problem with these questions (namely the third one) is that we immediately value each other based on our preconceptions of the input and output of the job (what you have to do at your job and how much you get paid for it). I won't go into specifics on the social psychology of this question - you can read more about that from The Minimalists.
Instead, I want to ask you if you've ever felt ashamed of your job. Have you ever dreaded that question? Steered clear of the subject before it was asked? Felt nervous that someone will judge you for the way you earn your living?
I have. A lot. Like all the time. At face value, I figured this was silly because I've always felt that someone else's occupation is not an accurate representation of their talents and abilities. Upon a deeper analysis, I realized I was actually ashamed of myself. I was able to find everyone else's jobs interesting and valuable to some degree, but I thought that my own job was underwhelming and pitiful.
Well, I have a new mantra to celebrate myself, and I want to share my stories with you. Here's a sneak peek of some occupations I've held and will be dishing my little scoop on:
These are just a small selection 😂 And yet, no matter how trivial or un-fancy they may sound, all of the jobs I've had have taught me something useful.
Say it with me: no more job shame!
See for the first one very, very soon 📚
P.S. If you're feeling or have felt job shame before, I'm curious to hear about your experience, too!