When you do the most what you do the best, you pop the buttons on the vest of God
Max Lucado is clear. There is something that you could be doing that would make God very proud. Presumably if you were already doing what that was you would know clearly. No doubt you have met other people who seem to know that they are doing what makes God proudest of them. And if you don’t feel that way too, you may very well wonder where you took a wrong turn. And you may suppose that it is too late for you to get back on track.
I can relate. When you are a minister’s son, you meet lots of folks who knew what they were “called to do” in their teens. They became nurses and ministers, teachers and doctors. They headed off to university and the rest is history. They couldn’t imagine doing anything else and everyone agrees that they are doing the thing that fits them perfectly.
If that is your experience and you still feel that way, there probably isn’t going to be much here for you. On the other hand, if you feel that you made a wrong turn somewhere or you must have been napping when you were “called” I hope to offer up some wisdom culled from the vast array of ideas out there that offer to rescue you from your predicament.
There are two broad camps when it comes to how one gets to that “promised land”. One which writers like Marsha Sinetar brought us promises that if we do what we love the money will follow. along with many others, her advice is to “follow your passion”.
This fall Cal Newport offers a distinctly different view with his new book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”. The title reflects his belief that you can’t find your passion when you haven’t yet achieved some level of competence.
I don’t actually believe that they are as far apart as it might appear at first glance, but I do think that there is validity to Newport’s perspective. one needs to be patient before concluding that the new work won’t ever provide the rewards that you hoped for.
Are you concluding prematurely that the track you are on can never be your passion?