When I speak with people about a direction for their career it can become apparent they are trying to excel in something that is not in alignment with their strongest talents and skills.
For example, it may be they are trying to do well as an engineer when they are more gifted at sales.
Or they think they might be a good accountant when they are more talented in teaching others.
Other times people believe they can do well in any job regardless of the skills required to excel in that job. As long as the job is a “promotion” they want the job.
The problem is we try to make ourselves good at something God did not design us to do well. Part of this is the value we place on certain types of work or certain skills. We would rather be a mediocre attorney than an exceptional plumber.
This can come from family pressure, societal pressure, or a host of other influences that shape our thinking about the value of certain types of work.
The key to overcoming this sort of thinking is to focus on the special skills, talents, and abilities you have rather than trying to shoe horn ourselves into a particular role.
Work that is out of alignment with your best skills and abilities will eventually be unfulfilling and you’ll never experience the level of success in a job you otherwise would have.
This quote attributed to Albert Einstein sums up what will happen:
“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
We certainly don’t want that, so take some time to inventory what you do well – maybe better than anyone you know.
Ask yourself what special skills and natural abilities has God given you? What desires keep coming up in your heart of hearts? Do you find yourself most attracted to working with people, things, or data? Do you like to create something new or use an established method to solve a problem?
It can be difficulty to view our career choices without the filter of our family, culture, religion, or philosophical viewpoints.
But what if no one was watching? What if you could be a florist and no one cared? What if you could sell your drawings on ebay and no one would think you’re crazy?
What possibilities would that open up for your work and your life?