What’s Your Background? - Grasshopper
That’s a question most often asked in a job interview, but it’s valuable to explore it on your own.
The job interview question is looking for your work history. The personal question leads to more than a history lesson.
Exploring your background shows you how you got to be the way you are. Your background is your conditioning and the experiences you’ve had as a result of that molded behavior.
Your background is worthy of recognition but if you just stay focused on how you got to be the way you are, you’ll find it difficult to get to where you want to go.
“Backgrounding” takes you back, not forward.
It’s valuable to know how you arrived; it’s priceless to discover how you can take off.
Going forward requires that your background stays where it belongs: in the past. Your future depends on what you DO now.
Again, how you got here is worthy of recognition, not repetition. That’s a fancy way of saying, “stop buying in to your story.”
I’m once again reminded of the question often asked by author Byron Katie: “Who are you without your story?” You’re a person who’s traveling light without all the weight of your past baggage.
Want to move into the foreground? Stop bringing up your background.
All the best,
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