It’s not what you’ve done; what you do next defines you.

I am at a place in my life where I am making a professional change. So when I read the above phrase, I stopped and mulled it over.

Does this mean every good deed done in the past is no longer necessary? Important maybe, but not defining? Or an act possibly defined me in the past, but no longer is it relevant at that moment in time.

And by define, I mean by definition; a deed that describes or characterizes or explains or represents me, my thoughts, values, and morals.

Simply put, a deed that allowed me to be transparent, see-through, known, and vulnerable.

Yes, I have decided that I really do like that phrase. No longer is something done in the past relevant. It has a timeline attached and cannot be sustained forever and ever. Because if it was, why bother with my next and the next after that.

Ok, so I buy into this phrase in that context, but what about future deeds.

As I research my next projects and position, I keep looking for the right fit. For example, I had a purchase agreement on a small business; I discovered a few concerns on the last day of due diligence, and I backed out of the deal. Not like me, but I felt a catch and listened to it at the last minute.

If you, the reader, and I have agreed that what we do next defines us, I want to be unconquerably sure the deeds I do next align with me.

And why is this so important to me today? I view the next ten years as the last go-around before I step away from professional life, and I want every deed I do from now until then to prove the phrase:
It’s not what you’ve done; what you do next defines you.



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Marleen Geyen

Marleen Geyen

The best part of me shows up in my writing about business ownership, leadership, family, personal relationships, travel and what I learn from human interaction.