Ben Arment is an author and doer that I highly respect. He has written a book called “Dream Year: Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love”. He does a great job of helping to launch entrepreneurs. If you are in that position, I encourage you to check out his book - I really am challenged by so much of what he has to say!
However, as I read his book title, I asked the question of myself, “What if I love the job I have?” You see, I think a lot of people are displeased with their job and trying to escape it as soon as possible.
I’m not one of them.
I love the people I work with. I love the work I get to do. There is so much that I love about this job that it overwhelms (most of the time) any negativity that I might have about it.
So, then I asked myself “what do you do in a job that you love, to keep being better?” Here are a couple of thoughts I’m challenging myself with.
What are your thoughts? How do you grow in the job you love?
Jesus promotes those who are a servant to all, not those who are a jack of all trades. Having the right heart more than the right skills is so important as a leader. There are many times where you have the right as a leader to take the first place. But the servant to all will put his/her team members ahead of him/herself.
The same goes for hiring people. Hire people with the right heart and attitude, because skill is much easier to teach than attitude.
Heart and attitude are what capture a company’s vision and run with it. They go the extra mile to serve a customer. And they make it a joy to work with them.
God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.Jim Eliot
Sometimes I forget that God has every right to my life. When I called Him “Lord”, I decided he would call the shots. I had lunch with a good friend who asked me a bunch of good questions today. I was really uncomfortable with my answers and really challenged by where I am at right now.
Even though I was uncomfortable, there was something so familiar about the Voice behind my friend’s questions. It wasn’t just my friend saying it; it was Jesus’ familiar voice.
I feel safe when Jesus makes me uncomfortable. I know there is healing when the scalpel of His voice and His Word cut into my ego and excuses (Hebrews 4:12).
I am uncomfortably His!
This morning, I said “Hi how are you doing?” to the facilities guy in my building as he was taking the trash out to the dumpster. As I walked by him, he stopped like he was going to say something and said “Hi”. He stood there silently, and I felt awkward about continuing to walk past him.
You see, he does this every day that I say “Hi how are you?” on my way in to work. Today, as I entered the building it hit me.
Maybe he is stopping, because he really wants to talk about how he is doing and how I am doing. Duh! C’mon TJ, smarten up!
It’s interesting how a colloquial saying can become so second nature that we don’t actually want to know how someone is doing. In my head, I just repeated the phrase “Stop…in the name of love”. If I care about someone, I should really stop and hear how they are doing.
Prayer for Strength
O God, the deathless hope of all, we rejoice that You support us both when little and even to gray hairs. When our strength is of You, it is strength indeed; but when our own only, it is feebleness. With You are refreshment and true strength.Augustine of Hippo
When someone or something in your organization is making waves, you have two choices: Row faster or get out of the boat!
As long as you believe in the mission and strategy - my encouragement would be to row faster with the team.