Just who do you think you are?

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Do you remember being asked that question when you were growing up? It was often followed by an arched eyebrow and “young lady”.

Just who do you think you are, young lady?


And almost always it was asked when you were trying to break out of the box, think outside the box or do something out of the ordinary. Well, I’m going to ask you that question because I actually do want you to break out of the box, think outside the box or do something out of the ordinary.

Just who do you think you are? How would you truthfully answer that question?

Would you answer with your job description, such as:

I’m a doctor/lawyer/housewife/beautician/engineer.

Or would you answer the question with your role in life, such as:

I’m a wife/mother/daughter.

But even if you automatically answer the question that way, is that really the only role that defines you?

For me: I’ve got a good corporate, professional job. So do I answer with that job description even if it no longer satisfies my soul?

I can’t. I did answer the question that way in the past but not any more. It is not who I think I am.

As a way to answer that question and to find something that does satisfy my soul, I’ve been learning how to create an online business. I’ve been studying and researching and doing. And this is where the thinking outside the box comes in:

Lately, I’ve actually started to think of myself as an entrepreneur.

Kind of cool how that just snuck up on me! Many people believe that mindset is everything. Where the mind and subconscious go, the rest follows.

Just who do I think I am? I’m an entrepreneur!

Just who do you think you are?




Marla Miller January 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

…old enough to know that who I am…
I am.

Ann @ CreativeBoomer January 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

Marla, I love that answer!

Keith Charlie Taylor January 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

My motto is “do what you enjoy, then find ways to make money from it” so I’d answer “Teacher” but that has too many connotations of formal education. So I shuffle nervously and mumble “Er, website designer.”

Shuffling nervously reminds me of when I was first asked “Just who do you think you are, young lady?” How embarrassing. I had to give my sister’s dress back :blush:

Ann @ CreativeBoomer January 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

Keith, thanks for the laugh! Her dress wasn’t the right color for you anyway.

Hmm…what would be a good title…Informational Educator? Sounds less institutional?

But I do agree with you about doing what you enjoy. That makes such a difference.

Ilka Flood January 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

Hi Ann,

Wow! Powerful question! I loved Marla’s answer above. I’d say …”I’m old enough to know who I am not. Or who I am no longer.” To find out the real answer to that question I would have to look “inside.” What I do for a living doesn’t define me and that I am a wife and mother doesn’t define me either.

Time for some soul searching. Thanks for getting me started! :)

Have a beautiful day!


Ann @ CreativeBoomer January 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

Ilka, Knowing what does not define you is the first step, Glad this article gave you a little push to start some soul searching.

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