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Embracing the Journey of Self-Discovery

In the fast-paced world of insurance, where demands are high and pressures are constant, one might find themselves entangled in the web of becoming. Becoming what, becoming who… What does this truly mean for self? This question has echoed throughout my professional journey, demanding answers that transcend the surface and delve into the very essence of personal growth and development.


As insurance professionals, we navigate a dynamic industry that requires more than just technical expertise. It demands a holistic approach to self-care, emphasising personal growth and development. Having grappled with the shadows of depression, I have come to understand the gravity of tending to oneself amidst the hustle and bustle of a challenging career. In this pursuit of professional excellence, it is crucial to pause and ponder: What am I becoming, and who am I becoming?


The insurance industry, notorious for its high-paced environment, often propels individuals towards a continuous quest for improvement. Discussions around personal growth and development are ever-present, echoing through boardrooms and coffee corners alike. Yet, in the noise of becoming better professionals, we risk losing sight of becoming better individuals.


Becoming is not merely a destination; it is a journey, an ongoing process of self-discovery. It is about understanding and embracing aspects of one’s identity beyond the confines of a job title. It involves recognising the importance of personal well-being, and mental health, as well as the impact of our choices on our loved ones and country.


Through the lens of personal experience, I have learned that the neglect of the self in pursuit of professional excellence can have dire consequences. Depression, a silent companion that often lurks in the shadows of high-pressure industries, can take a toll on both personal and professional spheres. It serves as a sad reminder that becoming should not be a one-dimensional ascent up the career ladder but a balanced climb that nurtures the whole individual.


Asking oneself, “What am I becoming?” is not a passive inquiry but an active engagement with one’s own narrative. It involves a deliberate examination of values, passions, and the impact one wishes to make on the world. The insurance profession, despite its demanding nature, can become a platform for personal transformation when approached with a mindful intent to grow not just professionally but personally.


To embark on the journey of becoming, it is essential to cultivate self-awareness. This involves introspection, acknowledging strengths and weaknesses, and embracing the imperfections that make us uniquely human. The process of becoming is not about conforming to external expectations but about aligning one’s professional pursuits with personal values and aspirations.


In conclusion, the question of “What are you becoming?” is a compass that guides us through the complex terrain of the insurance profession. It serves as a reminder to not lose oneself in the pursuit of professional excellence but to integrate personal growth seamlessly into the journey. As professionals, let us not only excel in our careers but also become individuals who are resilient, compassionate, and attuned to the richness of our own humanity. The path of becoming is not a solo road; it is a shared mission towards authenticity and fulfilment.


Article written by: Aaron Mrabalala