I am many people.

I am many people and so are you. I’m a father, a husband, a son, and brother, a boy, a man, a friend, a neighbour, a photographer, a painter, an actor, a designer, a musician, a consultant, a teacher, a colleague, an ex-colleague, an ex. I’m good in some roles, not so good in others, and terrible at some, but this is who I am.

However, I can take it a bit far. I even dress differently, depending on the ‘hat’ I’m wearing. My musician persona dresses differently than my consultant persona. Arne ‘the street photographer’ wears a different jacket than Arne the ‘father buying groceries.’ I think it helps me step into the role, believe in myself and mute my inner editor. You know, the voice in your head continuously criticising what you do.

The best thing I’ve ever discovered is how to neutralise this negative inner chatter. At one point I had an experience that made me realise that no one really knows what they are doing. We are all insecure beings just doing the best we can.

This has been a liberating thought. I am just messing about and so is everyone else. Some people are just better at hiding this.

So, how many ‘personas’ do you have? Do you listen to your inner editor? I’d love to know.

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Arne van Oosterom

Podcaster, Founder Blue Sky Republic, Creative Leadership Coach, Founder DesignThinkers Academy, DesignThinkers Group, Artis & Photographer