Regardless of your genealogy, who your parents were, what town you came from, or how much (or how little) money you make, you have a destiny to fulfill. In America children grow up hearing about men who did great things, or became amazing people. These rags to riches stories provoke a kid to wonder, "What am I going to do what my life?" Men like Trump, Gates, Walton and Jobs. There are historic names like Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford and Hershey. Examples of men who pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and made something of themselves.
No pressure though.
Yaron Brook and Don Watkins, when writing "To Be Born Poor Doesn't Mean You'll Always Be Poor" for Forbes .com, wrote,"... developing ability and ambition is a challenging, uncomfortable, even scary process. Relatively few people in any era choose to do it, and as a result, few capitalize on life’s unlimited opportunities."
Unlimited. Think about it, after you passed the age of puberty, did you ever once think your possibilities were limitless again? We just begin. Life comes at you hard and fast and one thing leads to another, and you hope for the best. Why is it, that unless we are forced by a life circumstance such as death, divorce, or losing a job, we choose to play it safe?
An article in Forbes Magazine states, "The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that."
I found that number to be staggering. I know from experience it's never just about money. And it's never that cut an dry. With a career change typically worry, anxiety, fear, sadness, shame aren't too far away. But it doesn't have to end that way. What I'm talking about is purpose, passion, and calling.
Many times your job pays the bills but it doesn't give you a thrill to get up in the morning to run out and do it. So back to the beginning, "...few capitalize on life’s unlimited opportunities."
I want to be one of those few.
Today I read such an interesting quote by Lou Engle. He said, "God does not create a man and put a dream in him. He creates a dream and wraps a man around it." We spend much of our lives trying to get to that core dream, don't we?
Maybe you haven't thought about this stuff in a long time, and truthfully, maybe I wouldn't be asking these questions all over agin unless I had to, but here's a start:
1. What issues in life make you the angriest?
This is often a good indicator of what you are passionate about and it rarely has anything to do with your current job. Is it social justice? Is it politics? Is it customer service? Whatever it is, you should write it down and start giving it some attention. If you are passionate about it, chances are, there's a solution in you.
2. What is you most favorite hobby?
You know that thing, maybe no one else in your family gets it, but it lights your fire. It could be sports, or needle crafts, it could be fishing or stamp collecting. You should begin asking God to help you think outside the box. There is probably a way to make money doing what you love.
3. When you were a kid, what was your favorite thing to play?
Did you play house? Play store? Play office? Play teacher? You just might find that dream you were wrapped around when you think about the childhood you.
Whether you dislike your job or not, ask God how you can love those around you really well, even the unlovely ones, because once you start asking these questions, you will be given answers and your time could be very short where you are.
I hope this got you thinking. Our limitless God created you in His image and wants you to live in freedom. Let this be the era, let us be the few, as we learn to live unlimited.