In 2009, Simon Sinek gave his seminal TED talk on the Golden Circle. The framework – start with why – applies to how we define “who we are.” Does your definition begin with the “what” – the stuff you do (which changes over time and contextually)? Or, does it begin with why you are here (purpose)?
1) Why – why are you here? (Purpose)
2) How – How will you go about living your purpose? (Values)
3) What – What strengths do you have? What actions do/will you take? (Strengths applied – what you do)
When you get asked the question – “who are you?” – start with why.