Looking at the title, you had to be thinking – this should be good! Either you were seriously thinking this or perhaps instead you thought, “What do these two know about this?” Well if you remember the end of our last blog – asking you to stay tuned regarding a great read that was underway about doing what you were meant to do – here it is. We relied on this text to guide us this week and for the weeks moving forward. The book is titled, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do by Jeff Goins. As author Goins writes, “This is not a book about miracles. It is a book about finding your calling, about how you discover what you were born to do” (xx).
What did feel like a miracle, is the simplicity of the text and the ease with which the reader connects to it. It makes us think that maybe our calling was to be professional readers. Wouldn’t that be a grand way to live one’s life?! We love to read… and we like to write our fair share, too. So we may not be quite sure of our calling yet – other than we love to share our love of learning and teaching with others. I guess that makes us teachers. 🙂
Still not convinced to read the book – or worse yet, not convinced in your own calling? Goins identified seven common characteristics for individuals on the road to finding their calling. They are identified here, and this is what we learned:
Awareness. Know who you are, know your surroundings, and know where you are going. Listen to your own life’s tales.
Apprenticeship. Learn from the people and places around you. The journey is less lonely and easier going with another.
Practice. Don’t give up. Keep trying and practicing and aiming to do better than you did before. Know that sometimes it may not work and it is okay to change paths if needed.
Discovery. Be like a small child and curious about the world. Know that pursuing the discovery can be hard work and take much effort.
Profession. Like the analogy of basketball, the pivot provides you with options – with directions available before you commit. Once you take that step, move in that direction – or pass the ball.
Mastery. Try different things and find what works. Aim to master some things – not all things. Focus energy on “the” important things in life and “own” those things.
Legacy. Leave the world a little better than you found it. Finding our callings is more about all of us than about each of us. Be the piece to the big puzzle.
These seven characteristics are not easy to consider. However, they are common themes or threads that make up our road to fulfilling our callings.
“To acknowledge that whatever is happening in their own lives now, as difficult as it might be, is important. To not hold out for the right opportunity or wait for things to get better, but to make the most of life now” (xxvi).
And that is just the introduction of the book… read it yourself to help find your purpose. Don’t wait until tomorrow – start today so you may know tomorrow what to do.
“Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come” ~Unknown (Goins, 2015, p. 31).