I wrote this blog post on a plane from Geneva back to London when boredom got the better of me, so I began to eavesdrop into someone else’s conversation.
They had only just met, solely because they were sat next to each other on an hour and a half flight. They must have spoken for about 60 seconds before asking each other “what do you do?”. Now I am very aware that this is one of the most common questions we ask someone when we first meet them. But why is this? This is one of the most personal questions and also one of the most boring. It is a question we answer very frequently so by now we have our answer scripted and learnt by heart.
But what do we find so important about what another person does for a living or is it just a question of habit? Or is it because it is much more difficult to talk about more important and interesting aspects of life? So rather than having a deep and meaningful conversation with someone we decide to take the obvious and easy way out. But do we actually care what their answer is?
However lets take a minute to think about this question in a different way… What do I do? Personally I do a lot of things that define me as a human being more than how I receive my paycheck. I do yoga, I meditate, I love to explore nature, I cook, I eat, and I live.
So rather than getting to know someone on how much money they earn, what their status is, whether you believe they are worthy of your time or not by how many numbers appear in their bank account. Get to know a person for what drives them and gives them a purpose to live.
So the next time someone asks you what you do, respond by telling him or her what you do that makes you happy, what you’re passionate about and see how the conversation can form into something a lot more interesting. Realise that you will get to know a lot more about someone then their job title.