How freaky. This morning, I sat down and opened my Google Reader, and Mark Terry asked about identity in Who Are You? Then, I scrolled down, and what did I find? A Lifehacker post on a workshop at Google about "Slash" identies.
A slash is like me: Pianist/Piano Teacher/Pseudonym/SpyScribbler: someone with multiple careers. It talks about an "Over work ethic," and the challenges of being a "slash." Like juggling multiple identities, and using time wisely.
The workshop is at Google, and it's with Tim Ferris of 4-Hour Workweek and--my favorite--the author of One Person/Multiple Careers by Marci Alboher.
My favorite quote: "Being a slash is to allow yourself to inhabit all the roles you want to play."
That's hardest for me, because, for one, I feel like our society expects us to do ONE thing, that ONE thing being a mark of success.
The questions I get all the time are: "Do you just write? Do you just teach piano?" That just is perceived as proof of success.
That doesn't work for me. I don't want to be a just.
I'm not crazy about Tim Ferris, mostly because I don't like his story about how he won the kickboxing championship. I don't think that's admirable. But I have learned a couple things from his book.
What I really loved was Marci's talk. I don't know what her book is about, but I'm checking it out.
I find it overwhelming, at times, to manage multiple careers. I feel like multiple identities, and I've started to integrate them into one personal identity, but it's a challenge at times.
They certainly gave me things to think about this weekend.
So what multiple identities to you juggle? How do you feel about the juggling? How do you integrate them?