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Identify Yourself, Please

by Diego Nascimento

A few days ago I visited a very dear family. After a few moments of conversation involving history and international culture, I walked through some rooms and arrived at a small museum which among other relics and rare footage housed a piece of a uniform from World War II. As I looked closer I realized that the material had a message written in English and, parallel to the text, the same message was in an Asian language. As curiosity is my constant companion, I asked why they did this. I discovered that it was my friends’ grandfather who had joined the US combat forces, was an airline pilot, and the purpose of that message was to identify him in the case of an emergency landing or plane crash. Immediately a movie came to my mind, and I wondered how many situations that piece of cloth had passed through. History is made up of these things …

So how does this relate to today’s text? The answer is simple:  Our journey as professionals presents us with moments of victory and also lossesWe need to be ready for both. What worries me is that I know people who hate the word “loss” and always try to distance themselves from anything where their personal image is somehow tarnished. They try at all costs “erase their identification” with this or that situation purely out of pride. I was like that.  But I learned that some falls serve as an impetus to take on higher hurdles. You might think, “But what if the losses and falls are constantly a part of someone’s professional life?” You can be sure that something serious is happening there, and a diagnosis needs to be carried out for a treatment that generates results; but that’s a topic for another article.

It’s interesting how the digital age reveals a cold and meaningless happiness. Open any social network, for example, and look at the photos; the impression one gets of most of them is that everyone is getting along, happy with everything and at peace with others. Lies. Unnecessary ostentation is so far from our daily challenges. Few actually portray the true meaning of smiles. These are facts, so just let me defend the idea of taking responsibility for our mistakes and celebrating our victories, always! Did you say something you shouldn’t have? Apologize. Did you make a decision in the heat of the moment? Go back and correct it (if there is still time). The list is extensive, but the peace that it brings to a home is also important in the workplace. While you and I are not perfect, we need to focus on doing our best.

I will close by saying the following:  Like the example of our hero and victorious pilot (quoted in the first paragraph), keep your identification clearly visible if you are flying high, in case you need an emergency landing or in the worst case, a crash. That man was ready for any of these situations, and his name would be clear in all of them. And in your professional life:  Are you ready and prepared for anything? If your answer is yes, congratulations! If your answer is no, I suggest you start skimming through your life dictionary for two dangerous words: pride and pride! Until next time!


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