Once you have a clear sense of who you really are, a really meaningful rich life can flow from it. It doesn’t work well when the flow is reversed. Otherwise, any changes in your career, your reputation, or your performance can rattle your sense of self. So once I know who I really am, what does that mean for the rest of life?

(Once I’m rooted in my true identity, then I can tackle matters like vocation—what am I called to do? and stewardship—what is my responsibility with the gifts, abilities, and personhood entrusted to me? These things are important questions to ask and answer, but only after we have a clear sense of who we are, because they flow from it, not into it).

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