Work/Life Balance, Redefined: Why Your Identity and Your Job Title are NOT One and the Same

April 5, 2021

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Work/Life Balance Redefined: Why Your Identity and Your Job Title are NOT One and the Same featuring Adunola Adeshola

The 24/7 nature of the modern workplace means that the boundaries between work and “not work” are blurrier than ever before. It’s even hard to know where your job title ends and your identity begins. Trust me, I’ve been there.








Have you ever been unemployed?

Or in transition as you’re starting a new business or figuring out your next move.

I sure have, and in the beginning, it wasn’t pretty.

We’re talking days on end spent in pajamas, doing all the wrong things. Searching job boards. Applying to tons of jobs I didn’t even want.

Spending hours creating portfolios specific to each posting.

Obsessively checking email. And then feeling so down when the rejection email inevitably hit my inbox.

And to think – back in the summer of 2003 I won a Future Business Leaders of America national job interview competition. I was supposed to be good at this! What was I doing wrong? And even worse – Who was I without a job title? I wasn’t sure… and for a while… I floundered.

Eventually, I got off the couch, shifted my mindset from “unemployed person” to “person starting a business” but it didn’t take place overnight.

I couldn’t be more grateful for how my story has shifted and what I’m doing now, but man oh man, I wish I’d had a resource like today’s podcast guest to guide me through that dark and stormy time of questioning myself and my identity.

About Adunola Adeshola

Adunola Adeshola is a millennial career strategist who helps high-achieving corporate professionals secure new jobs they love at companies they love. She’s also a Forbes contributor where her career column on how to land a new job has been read over a million times and her expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg and other publications.

Since landing her dream job at a global PR firm and later realizing she secretly hated it, she’s been on a mission to help high-achievers recognize, own and show their value so that they can stop playing small, boost their confidence, land amazing jobs, and make more money. Her clients and students in dozens of industries (from tech to PR to HR to marketing to engineering and more) have landed interviews and job offers at leading companies such as Google, NBCU, Vogue, Tiffany & Co., HBO, and other companies they love.

In today’s conversation with Adunola, she shares…

  • Her best advice for carving out time for yourself when it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

  • How to separate your identity from the job title on your business card and articulate the unique value you bring to the table

  • Why your core values are the key to avoiding toxic work environments, whether you’re the boss hiring a team or the employee searching for a job

  • And Finally – she reveals how keeping her tech and tools simple enables her to take decisive action where it really matters.




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