It is natural to feel like you don’t know where you are heading, but you have a whole lifetime to figure it out. Don’t let no school, no job, no person or no government scheme tell you what you should or shouldn’t be. You are infinite, you can be whatever you so wish, and if you wish to just be happy, then be that.
In the pursuit of perfection, never forget who helped you. There will be times of real struggles, and I mean heart breaking, on the floor crying, no idea when it will get better struggles. That is when people will pick you up and make you push on. Don’t forget where you came from and who made you the person you are today.
During a long discussion with a close friend of mine a few weeks ago (about career advancement by specialization) I remembered that one scene from the jobs movie…
Have you ever questioned the contribution of your CEO, GM or founder? Have you ever wondered what they actually do or why they are in that position and others aren’t?
If so you might think about the following for a second:
What was Steve Jobs’ contribution to the success of Apple?
Back in the days when the first Mac was made…
… the designers created the famous design,
… the coders coded the software,
… the engineers developed the hardware,
… the lawyers filed the patens,
… the marketing team advertised and formed the brand
So what was Steve’s job?(sorry for that cheap pun) He couldn’t code, he wasn’t an expert in electronics or an experienced manager… He assembled all the pieces of the puzzle.
Or in a different picture: Instead of learning how to play the violin (and ending up being mediocre)… He played the orchestra - conducting, aligning, connecting all the individuals and their skills to one big structure.
☀️ Share in the comments: what has God shown you with choosing a career? Tell your story! It could help someone else!
In four years of undergrad, I changed my major four times. In grad school, I only completed one semester before I left to focus on the career I already had. A year and a half later, I left that career for something else entirely.
It’s okay if change happens. It’s okay if you change majors or careers. It’s also okay if you decide to be a nurse or a data analyst and follow through with that. No matter what the chapters of your life look like, God can still use you and you can still serve Him faithfully. You won’t get shortchanged of God using you if you’re a teacher or an attorney and your peers are writers and artists. You also won’t get shortchanged if it’s the other way around. Either way, God is with you faithfully and you can still serve Him faithfully.
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. - Samuel 12:24
If you’re constantly worried because you don’t know if you’re choosing the right major or if you chose the right career, focus instead on finding ways to serve God faithfully every single day. Make notes of the little things that excite you about the future. Pay attention to the tasks that are difficult but you don’t mind doing. Think about these things in the context of: “How can I serve God in this career? What sacrifices am I willing to make? How can I be a good steward over my finances in this?” ⠀
Whether you’re an engineer or an artist, serve God faithfully. It is important to know this because depending on who you’re around, some people valuable some careers more than others. Some respect artists and entrepreneurs more than they do nurses and attorneys, and some are the other way around. But here’s the thing: whether you know exactly what you want to do in your career or you have no idea, make it your mission to serve God no matter what because He will be faithful to you no matter what, for it is in Him her confidence, strength and purpose are found.
Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo
My father could have been a great comedian but he didnt believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice, instead he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learn’t many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, you can fail at what you dont want, so you might aswell take the chance at doing what you love
This is a lesson Nelson Mandela learned from his father. (I heard it from public speaker and thought leader Simon Sinek - @simonsinek - in one of his talks about leadership)
According to Sinek the great Nelson Mandela once was asked by a journalist,
“How did you become a great leader?”
Mandela being the son of a tribal chief (Hendry Mphakanyiswa of the Tembu Tribe)
“I remember going to tribal meetings with my father and I remember two things.
We always sat in a circle and my father was always the last to speak”
We’re are social animals. We communicate and communication is listening and talking… but leadership is the practice of being the last to speak.
Very often, you see this in boardrooms, an executive will walk in and say
“Here’s the problem, here’s what I think we should do but I’m interested in what you all think.”
The problem: It’s too late!
people either change their opinions based on what the authority said
or they start agreeing with each other
or they just don’t give you their candid answers and they no longer feel heard because the executive has already weighed in.
A true leader would say:
“This is the challenge we face I want to know what you think” - without rendering any opinion and then listening and trying to understand.
Important: not giving any hints of agreement or disagreement (!) but rather trying to understand the reason that somebody has that opinion and stating it back in their terms simply to be clear that there’s agreement.
By the time you get around the table and get back to the leader, everyone feels heard and the leader has the benefit of different perspectives.
Even if the leader decides to decide differently from what someone in the room believes, everyone feels like they contributed.
It’s worse to tolerate your job than to hate it because, if the pain is painful enough, you’ll make a change. But if it’s tolerable mediocrity, and you’re like, ‘Well, you know it could be worse. At least I’m getting paid.’ Then you wind up in a job that is slowly killing your soul and you’re allowing that to happen. Comfort can be a very, very dangerous thing.
Progression and success is a very subjective thing, nobody has the same goals as you. What you may see as the picture perfect life is another’s idea of hell, don’t judge another’s dreams. It is about time you keep your head down and focus on what you want, put all of your energy into your goals and your ideals, when you focus entirely on you, miracles fall into place.
Keep your head down, focus on yourself by Amy Kennedy
Look around you and inside you. How many people do you think are settling? I will tell you; a hell of a lot of people. People are settling everyday into okay relationships and okay jobs and an okay life. And do you know why? Because okay is comfortable. Okay pays the bills and gives a warm bed at night and allows one to go out with coworkers on a Friday evening to enjoy happy hour. But do you know what okay is not? Okay isn’t thrilling, it isn’t passion, it isn’t the reason you get up every day and it isn’t life-changing or unforgettable. Okay is not the reason you go to bed late and wake up early. Okay is not the reason you risk absolutely everything you’ve got just for the smallest chance that something absolutely amazing could happen.
Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.