The concept of identity capital may or may not be a familiar term, but is as follows:
“The furthering of self-worth, both outwardly and inwardly. To accomplish and establish oneself with as little or as much potential as possible and capable.”
This of course is my definition and, in a nut-shelf, means to make yourself a valuable asset to the world by making yourself good at many things.
This concept may carry a bit of an ego-driven connotation. But its primary purpose is to develop self-worth for yourself. If you’re good at seven things, and an employer admits that you are terrible at this particular job, you’re ok. On the inside, you are aware of the many skills you possess. On the other hand, if you have spent the last four years prepping your excel skills for a finance degree and your employer suddenly drops a bomb on your world that you suck at modeling and valuing projects…well that’s a terrible day.
Why spend time developing one skill, when the human body and mind is capable of so much more? “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” seems to be fitting for this particular topic (as yesterday was Easter) because it’s a very simplistic view of how easily the view of our “perfect world” can crumble. If you can make yourself a valuable asset for any situation you may approach in the near future- you are agile, you are mobile, you are flexible, you are unstoppable. Rock is defeated by paper everything. But if you carry rock, paper, and scissors- any situation is winnable.
So this week I’m asking everyone who can agree with this topic- make a list of “things” you want to learn or improve upon. And start. Create your lasting identity capital One Day at a Time.
David Halvorson | 2 April 2018 |@dhalvy99