When I travel, when I connect with people online, when I talk with friends, these two words keep coming up.
And they’re pretty normal words. This is no deep theory, just something I am running into over and over again. Simply put, when I talk to people about what they do in life, they often respond:
“I’m _____, but ______.”
When they describe where they work or what they do, they say:
“I’m an accountant, but I want to be a painter.”
“I’m a teacher, but I want to be a doctor.”
“I’m a project manager, but I want to be a youth minister.”
“I’m a stay at home mom, but I want to start a business.”
And that’s not a bad thing to say. Mine would be, “I’m a blogger, but I want to be a leader.” It doesn’t have to be statement of frustration or angst. It’s not that one thing is bad and one is good. They can both be great. The two things don’t even have to be mutually exclusive. I think there is great potential in us being the “I’m, but” generation.
I’m working on an idea about what that means for us. How we can all move from the first half of that sentence into the second. But I need your help, am I the only one who has ever had an “I’m _____, but _____” conversation?
How would you fill in these blanks:
“I’m ______, but _______.”