Q & Q: April 15, 2019

“I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” 
― Michel Foucault

Attempting to curate one’s image can limit the scope of possibilities they consider. Does your view of yourself impede achieving the results you desire?


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  1. I think we need to create ourselves as life changes. I certainly am not the same person I was in my twenties.

  2. It’s too easy to get tunnel vision while thinking about who you should be and lose track of who you can be. Sometimes I need to take deep breath and remember to focus on learning and to embrace change.

    Great Q&Q Patrick!

    1. Helpful perspective, Eric.

  3. Yes, we can limit our growth by paying too much attention to our own doubts or past failures. For that reason, I have found it beneficial to invite a few trusted people into my life to call out the untapped potential that they see. That is one of the best gifts we can give to another!
    Thanks for the super question, Patrick

    1. Your reply reminds me of the old ‘rule’ that we tend to become the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Thanks, Patrick.

  4. This was a thoughtful quote and question, Patrick. Thank you for sharing it.

    The word ‘become’ sticks out to me in your quote. We are human ‘becomings’ rather than human ‘beings’ in many ways, so let’s consciously avoid limiting ourselves by our current views of ourselves.

    become | bəˈkəm |
    verb (becomes, becoming; past became; past participle become)
    1 [no object, with complement] begin to be: it is becoming clear that we are in a totally new situation | they became angry.
    • grow to be; turn into: the child will become an adult.
    • (of a person) qualify or be accepted as; acquire the status of: she wanted to become a doctor.
    • (become of) (in questions) happen to: what would become of her now?
    2 [with object] (of clothing) look good on or suit (someone): the dress becomes her.
    • be appropriate or suitable to (someone): minor celebrity status did not become him.

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