How long does it take to become an artist or heart surgeon?
1 hour or 10,000 hours, maybe never? When can you define yourself as an artist, musician, writer, long jumper, Atlantic sailor, mountaineer, adventurer or any other odd profession that has a title?
It is usually not when you have completed academic studies. Many of the titles above there are no higher studies in. Maybe it’s when you get paid for the first time? Or what is it that makes you who you are?
The mother of 4 children is simple. You must have 4 children. It makes you a person with a knowledge of an area where you have spent a large part of your everyday time taking care of children.
Atlantic sailing is also easy. Then must have sailed in a boat across the Atlantic, from one side to the other. It is not possible to say half Atlantic sailor or a quarter 4 children mother. You do not become credible.
So maybe credible is the key to you becoming someone …