“Great to meet you; what’s your name? What do you do?” We are asked these questions dozens of times a day. And off we go, providing our elevator pitch, the 30-second explanation of who we are, what we do and, occasionally, how we became that way. We all have these narratives, crafted over time, and while we believe they’re for the benefit of others, we actually are telling these stories to ourselves.
“I’m a restaurant manager. I specialize in fine dining. Eventually, I’d love to be a food and beverage director at a hotel, or maybe even open my own restaurant or bar.”
“I’m a real estate broker. I sell residential real estate. I want to be a top salesperson in my office.”
“I’m a screenwriter. I write television shows. One day I’d love to be the head writer on a sitcom.”
“I’m an artist and specialize in graphic design. I’m not Picasso, but I’m good enough to have a steady job.”
Well, who said you aren’t Picasso? Or, for that matter, as talented or hardworking as Picasso?