Taking time off and exploring the world gave me time to reflect.

For as long as I can remember, my identity has been tied to my work.

I was “Ted the Techie”, “Ted the LinkedIn Guy,” or “Ted the Marketing Expert,”

My sense of self-worth and purpose was deeply rooted in my professional achievements and the constant pursuit of business growth.

I realized my career identity has been limiting me.

It has prevented me from fully embracing other aspects of my life and exploring new facets of my personality.

This realization has led me to embark on a journey of self-discovery, as I work to untangle my true identity from my career persona.

It's a process of learning to define myself not by what I do, but by who I am at my core – my values, passions, and the unique qualities that make me, well, me.

I'll admit, it's a bit daunting to let go of the identity I've held onto for so long.

There's a sense of security and familiarity in being known for your professional expertise.

But I'm also finding a newfound sense of freedom and excitement in embracing my post-career identity.

I'm not retiring. I'm expanding my possibilities.

I'm rediscovering hobbies and interests that have taken a backseat to my work life.

I'm investing in relationships and experiences that bring me joy and fulfillment.

I'm allowing myself to be curious, to explore new paths, and to be open to whatever the future may hold.

This transition isn't about abandoning my career or the skills I've developed over the years.

It's about finding a way to integrate my professional experience into a more holistic sense of self.

It's about creating a life that is rich in purpose and meaning, both within and beyond the realm of work.

I know this journey of self-discovery and identity exploration is a continuous one, and I'm excited to see where it leads.

I hope that by sharing my experiences, I can inspire others to reflect on their own identities and to find the courage to embrace their true selves, both in and out of the office.

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

Have you ever struggled with separating your career identity from your true self?

How have you navigated the transition to a post-career identity?

Reply to this email and let's keep the conversation going.

With gratitude,


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Ted Prodromou

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