I want it to be unique and free of attachment. A sort of "cosmic giggle" that recognizes the futility of stringing together the right order of words that will resonate with someone. I seriously have mediated on this "hinderance" and only discovered its lack of relevance.
I don't like how the typical descriptors hang flat in the air, "data analyst", "data visualization professional", "insight analyst" and why pick one over the other? I am reminded of the five hindrances of buddhism. These negative mental states are what many of us sit with through mindful meditation. Maybe its just me but I see how seamlessly they apply to impeding not only our meditation practice but also how we walk through our business life. Ram Dass speaks of radio channels and frequencies of engagement but I don't want to get to woo woo. If this sort of thing is intriguing to you here is a link to Who Are You.
Here is the wrinkle. We are instructed to use key words and tags that will yield us discoverable. What if you enjoy your work but simultaneously don't want to adapt to the flotsam of "being picked"? Seth Godin says it best, “The next time you catch yourself being average when you feel like quitting, realize that you have only two good choices: Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers.”
A recent twitter post from a colleague described what I do quite succinctly. I write about topics of interest in the data healthcare sphere and people hire me to talk about it. This blog wasn't designed to be that sort of a platform but here we are.
Now, it’s interesting how subtle and yet how formal our identities are, and how much we’re attached to them, because of how much we are used to our cards of identity.
My name, social security number, my zip code, my address, my occupation—a whole set of labels that define who we think we are. When you and I are born, very shortly after we’re born, we go into ‘somebody-training.’ We start to be trained to become somebody.
And we’re trained by other people who know who they are, and they’re going to teach us who we are—very well-meaning, I mean—so that we can function in the world by being somebody.-- Ram Dass 1976
My free newsletter will continue to focus on many of these principles. This blog will continue to gather insights and share careful considerations. Although many of us continue to work over the holiday weeks, we share a history with many of the curious that preceded our humble efforts.
The newspaper does everything for us. It runs the police force and the banks, commands the militia, controls the legislature, baptizes the young, marries the foolish, comforts the afflicted, afflicts the comfortable, buries the dead and roasts them afterward.