Your identity lies in what you do. But how you do it.
All my life I have "struggled" with separating Adriana Rodrigues from "soccer player". I have gone through lengths of periods of times in my life where I enjoyed being known as the jock at my school to wanting to be seen as so much more than the sum of my parts.
I even go so far as to searching for friends outside my sports circle, just because I need a break from all the locker room talk. I am not just a soccer player. I am a writer, a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend, a friend. I am so much more than what I do or do not produce on the field.
Make sure your career is important to you, that you take pride in what you do and do it well, but let your work not define you. You are more than how much money you make, what your job title is or how many people you are in charge of. You are so much more than that. I am so much more than just an athlete that runs around on the field, scoring or not scoring goals. I am so much more than how many one thousand word articles I produce as a freelance writer. I am so much more than the number that stands at the bottom of my bank account, or the degree title on my resume, the amount of hours I work in a day or how tired I am at the end of it. Your job does not define you. You define you. How you are, how you love, what kind of friend you are, or family member. What you like to do, what makes you happy, how you treat people you like, or you don't like, or you don't know. Where you come from, what you've done in the past, what your plans are for the future, what your dreams are. Don't let just one thing define you. You are more than the sum of your parts. You are more than what you have done. You are you. And in the words of Dr. Seuss:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”