Accepting and Owning Perceptions Tied to Professional Identities

Dec 9, 2023 | Personal Growth

In our professional journeys, it’s natural for our identities to become intertwined with our careers. However, being intertwined does not necessarily mean your professional identity becomes your personal, or vice versa.

Rather, learning to embrace these perceptions, both from within and outside, can be a powerful catalyst for personal and professional growth. 

Let’s explore how to accept and own these perceptions and when to differentiate from them:


Start by understanding your own beliefs and perceptions about your professional identity. What do you value most about your work? What aspects of your professional self would you want to emphasize? How closely are you comfortable with your personal and professional lives intertwining?

External Perceptions

Pay attention to how others perceive you professionally but understand that your personal and professional lives are not one. Your professional identity is just that, an identity tied to your work. If you’re someone whose work becomes life, that’s okay, and if you’re not, that’s okay too. But it takes a degree of separation and looking inward to know when to draw the line between the two. 

Own Your Expertise

Acknowledge your expertise and experience in your field. Confidence in your abilities is a powerful asset. This transcends boundaries and exudes confidence. If you know you’re a PRO, others will see it too. 

Narrative Shaping

Craft your professional narrative. Share your story and experiences with others to shape how they perceive your professional identity. This can be separate to your personal narrative, or not. Again, it all depends on how closely you want the two to blend.


Engage with mentors who can guide you in navigating the complexities of your professional identity. Their insights can be invaluable.

Network Authentically

Build meaningful professional relationships based on authenticity and shared values. These connections can strengthen your professional identity.

Owning and accepting the perceptions attached to your professional identity is a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. It’s about finding harmony between your personal values and your career path and using your unique strengths to make a meaningful impact.

Looking to navigate the perceptions of your professional identity? Fill out our contact form to schedule a training or keynote session with Paul.

Paul Bramson
Paul Bramson

Paul Bramson is renowned as a powerhouse on keynote stages and in training arenas. He is widely regarded as being one of the most impactful speakers, trainers and C-suite coaches in the world today. Paul is recognized as a leading authority and thought leader in the areas of communication, leadership and sales boasting media mentions in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, BuiltIn, Yahoo, and MSN. With an extensive 25-year tenure, Paul has continually ignited and empowered professionals, leaders, and teams across all echelons. His ability to captivate and engage audiences originates from an authentic zeal, unique aptitudes, and an unyielding dedication to professional and personal enhancement.