Ducks in a Row

For the past few weeks I have been working to get all of my on-line resources in order. I'm continuing to update my resumes posted across the Internet; I have moved my blog material here; and I have changed from to as my primary web presence. The domain is easier to communicate and by making the move, I may be able to leave behind some of the spam that had targeted my prior email address. I have other plans for

This is part of getting all of my ducks in a row. A couple of years ago I started carrying out a professional plan that involved getting a degree in accounting (done), working an internship (done), qualifying to sit for the CPA exam (done), passing the CPA exam(s) while preparing for my job search (doing), and getting professional work experience.

Most of these changes are also designed to improve my professional presence and segregate my personal and professional personas. That reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld where George is found struggling to keep the different Georges separate. According to that episode, relationship George and independent George live in two different worlds and to mix the two would end up destroying one of them. "You're killing independent George," was his ultimate cry for help. The truth of it all is interesting. Each of us has a separate identity depending on where we are and who we are with. There is the Christian (or church) Dana, and the school Dana, and the Professional Dana. It's normal. Even the president of the United States has separate lives. The challenge is segregating/integrating the multiple personalities so that one of them doesn't destroy the others.

Each of our personas must also be compatible with the others in order to survive. If our personal relationships are so out of line with our professional presence, we could suffer major losses. Similarly, if our professional aura is too dominating, we will lack the ability to develop personal relationships in the workplace or share our Christian beliefs when appropriate. If we are going to be successful, we need to learn how to balance the different segments of our lives.
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