Few of us always knew what we wanted to do. Those rare people are the lucky ones in a sense, because they find that direction early in their journey. What about the rest of us?
Today the average person will find a job 11 different times, with the average lasting just 4 years. How do I find the job I love? What field of work do I pursue? These were the questions I faced as a young person. As my life progressed I starting building homes then later building people through blogging. Part of this path was planned, part of it was organic, and it just evolved. There is nothing wrong with doing whatever you fall into. But, when you find the meeting point between natural talents and personal passion it changes everything.
I think God honors those who honor Him. If we start with first wanting to honor Him, I think we are much more likely to find our talents and our passions intersecting. Then we find, not just a job, but a calling.
Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.
1 Samuel 2:30
As a Christian, you never compromise the principles of God to attain the blessing of God. This is especially true when you’re looking to find a job.
Whether you believe in God or not, a tool to help find a job is Sir Kenneth Robinson’s most popular talk on the website TED.com. His presentations have been watched 25 million times. It talks about how schools kill creativity. Out of this RSA animation drew a portion of this very memorable talk.
From this he wrote The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. The Amazon Book description says “A breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from one of the world’s leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment”.
“The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people, including Paul McCartney, Matt Groening, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bart Conner, he shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that this is the essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities in the twenty-first century”.
This book gives inspiration and motivation for finding what we are truly passionate about and talented in. Imagine being better prepared to find a job. Living in your element everyday. There is no one else in the world like you. Only you have that unique mix of talents and passion. Become fully alive in The Element.
Attitude: Have you found a job you loved?
Action: Watch this TED talk see if it changes your thinking
Question: Did you find a job, or did you find your calling?
Recommended Resource: Paperback: Kenneth Robinson and Lou Aronica (2009). The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. Penguin Books.