Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?

Who am I anyway?
Am I my resume?
That is a picture of a person I don’t know.

What does he want from me?
What should I try to be?
So many faces all around, and here we go.
I need this job, oh God, I need this show.

When I work, I am prone to listen to old musicals as my background noise. I’m not talking about just the soundtrack; I play the movie on a separate tab of my browser semi-listening to the dialog and songs. Musicals are my happy place.

An idea has been rattling around in my head for a while to write an article about the musical Gypsy, about how it’s just a story of self-realization. I mean, “Everything’s coming up Rose!” is basically a song about a woman who’s been the power behind the scenes wanting, for just one moment, to be the star. LOVE IT.

This past week, however, I was listening to A Chorus Line. Similar to Gypsy, it’s a back-to-back tap dancing extravaganza of “please like me!” songs. I was plugging away on some spreadsheet or another, and a remarkable tenor voice rang out:

Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?
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What were you great at when you were 10?

Your 10-year-old self was wonderful. And while yes, the voice of self-doubt was beginning to rear its ugly head, it hadn’t taken hold. You were passionate, brave, curious, bold, and all the other amazing words we are when we are our best selves. And isn’t that 10-year-old person still inside you? I know mine is.

What was I best at then? I never got lost. I always knew where we were going. I could see the pathways ahead. Pretty much like now.

I asked that same question to a room full of amazing women at the Content Asia Summit in Singapore. Since my last missive, I had the marvelous opportunity to fly halfway around the world to share my ideas with a brand new audience. I could go on for pages about the city, the weather, and the lovely people I met there, but I must share the surprise learning for me. I might be helpful to you too.

As you know, I help people figure out how to articulate in a bold, compelling, unique, and authentic way how and why they are awesome. You also know that if I asked you right now “why are you awesome?” many of you would pause or stumble. Continue reading “What were you great at when you were 10?”