So, tell us who are you?
While this clip from Anger Management is clearly over the top and comical there is something to learn from it. Jack Nicholson’s character does have a point when he says playing tennis is something Adam Sandler DOES, but is not who he IS.
As a culture we have really defined ourselves, for better or for worse, by our jobs and what we do. It isn’t just jobs either, sports is a huge identifier. The Super Bowl was just this past Sunday and with it millions of Ravens and 49ers fans made their homes shrines to their team. They followed their team all season through the rough spots and great victories all to get to this moment.
Then there is the pinnacle of group identification- patriotism. There is nothing more powerful than uniting under your flag to be better than everyone else. Why do you think we love the Olympics? It is a way to quantify which nation is better.
I say all of this to make the point that all these things are things you do and what you identify with, but not who you are.
Let me propose this model for defining you: MAP
Missions- What drives you
Abilities- What you are good at.
Personality- How people see you.
These things are a more full idea of who you are. What drives you, what are you good at, and how people see you. When these three converge, the real you emerges. Your deepest desires of what you want to do, and how you want to leave your mark on the world. Then what you are just naturally good at, could you program a new game in your sleep? Or maybe you love to knit and want to open up a custom hat/scarf store after college.
Then you have your personality. This is the most visual of the three and how people perceive you. Are you outgoing? Quiet? Maybe a little in between? Maybe you are running the party as the emcee or you may be a wallflower. Neither is a bad thing.
Because it is you.
So who are you?