Growing in a Job You Love

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.   

  1. Don’t be satisfied with your accomplishments - We always need to celebrate milestones, but be careful not to stand too long and stare. I don’t know anyone who sits in front of a monument in Washington, D.C. staring at it for an entire 8 hour day.  Milestones are good to look at, but horrible to stare at.  

  2. The 3 Year Rule - I don’t remember where I read this, but someone said that if you are doing the exact same thing that you were doing 3 years ago in that job, you might be getting stagnant.  Maybe it’s time to shake things up!  

  3. Get out of your comfort zone, but not your gifting zone - I think when someone is wanting to shake things up, the tendency can be to get out of your gifting to challenge yourself more. However, I think it’s important to stay in the zone where you find energy - because that will keep you coming to work everyday.  Find fresh challenges that require your gifting and make those areas better!  

What are your thoughts?  How do you grow in the job you love?  

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  • 5 months ago

Workplace: It’s All About the Heart

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.

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  • 5 months ago

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
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Frustration makes change possible.

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Hungry Teammates

I’ve heard stories of crazy defensive players in the NFL who would eat very little prior to a game, because they wanted to be hungry and angry and would blast through opponents to get to that post game meal.  
I’ve seen the same in teams and individuals in business.  
It’s the hungry teammates who make a difference and actually change work culture.  Find them and ask them to join your team.  
They are…
  • Hungry for Opportunity - they have something to prove.  Either they are young and just starting out, or maybe they have had a bad past track record and really want to improve their skills.  

  • Hungry for Purpose - they have a purpose behind their work and are not just doing it for a paycheck.  If their strengths and motivation collide in a position - they make a huge difference in an organization.  

  • Hungry for Responsibility - many people are hungry for responsibility, but very few are organized and ready to accept more responsibility.  I’m often surprised when the busiest people on the team are often the most willing to take on a new opportunity - they are looking for challenge!  If you don’t offer the challenge, they will get bored and find it from some other organization.  
Stay hungry and challenge yourself when you’re just satisfied.  So, how do you stay hungry and challenge yourself more?  
  • Read books - Read leadership and organizational books that challenge you to be a better leader.  Read spiritual books that challenge you to be a better person.  Just READ!  Our ideas only go so far - but often the ideas of others can become the spark that sets us in a new direction.  

  • Be mentored - find someone who is better at life or business than you.   They may see blind spots that you cannot see or offer helpful encouragement when there is none present from others.  Also, they can challenge you to be the best version of you.  

  • Develop side interests - whether in life or work, develop a side interest that you can work on a few hours a week.  At Google they usually give their employees time in a week to work on a project that has nothing to do with Google.  It’s usually when our passions are lit on fire or we learn about fresh challenges or needs that we become better all around.  
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  • 6 months ago

Uncomfortably His

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!

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  • 6 months ago

Stop…in the name of love

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.  

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  • 6 months ago

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
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Row faster…

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.  

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  • 6 months ago