tonight, i made a very difficult decision. instead of turning off the tv and enjoying some peace and quiet before one of the final episodes of LOST came on, i turned the channel to american idol.
jamie fox was the mentor. seriously? anyhow, he handed each of the finalists a black cotton t-shirt that simply said: artist in white lettering.
the idea was the contestants were no longer to label themselves as, well, contestants – they were to become artists and label themselves that way. clearly, the language we choose to label ourselves affects the way others perceive us, the choices we make, and even the direction we choose to pursue with our passion.
how i label myself
i struggle with this plenty. am i a blogger? a writer? a web designer? entrepreneur? i’ve used each of those labels to describe myself to friends and strangers. which i pick at any given time depends on how i think the other person will perceive the label, what accomplishment i’ve just acheived, or how long i have to explain myself.
oh, you want me to be honest? it pretty much depends on how the other person will perceive the way i label myself. so.un.cool.
although, again being honest, i’m not sure what i want to call myself. giving yourself a label can fence you in, limit you. of course, it can also give you the strength to reach higher goals and find confidence you didn’t know you had. a label can empower you to do great things just as jamie fox hoped it would for the american idol contestants.
how do you label yourself?
for this week’s we scout wednesdays, share how you label yourself. do you struggle with a need to put a label on yourself and what you do? do you make excuses or offer explanation where none is needed?
you can share you thoughts in a blog post, your twitter feed, your flickr stream, in the comments below… where ever you’d like. just link back to scoutie girl (pretty please!) and put the direct link to your thoughts in the mister linky below.