You: A One-of-a-Kind Masterpiece
There is no one exactly like you. Never has been. Never will be. No other person has your DNA and personal history. You are uniquely designed by God.
5 Factors in Your Unique Design
The better you understand you, the better you can see how to maximize your career. Most professionals in human resources, career planning and recruiting consider 5 factors:
- Experiences: Your background – Personal, educational, vocational
- Abilities: What you do best – Talents, knowledge, skills
- Personality: How you do what you do best – Natural behavior traits
- Interests: What you like best – People, places, things and activities you enjoy
- Values: What is important to you – Work and life purpose, principles or points of pain
Your unique design is based on 2 major dynamics: your gifts and passions.
- Your gifts = Experiences + Abilities + Personality
- Your passions = Interests + Values
Employ Passions As Well As Gifts
“A team of researchers followed a group of 1,500 people over a period of 20 years. At the outset of the study, the participants were divided into 2 groups:
Group A, 83% of the sample, was composed of people embarking on a career path they had chosen solely for the prospect of making money now in order to do what they wanted later in life.
Group B, the other 17% of the sample, consisted of people who had chosen their career paths so that they could do what they wanted now and worry about the money later.
The data showed some startling revelations:
At the end of the 20-year period, 101 of the 1,500 had become millionaires. Of the millionaires, all but one—100 out of 101—were from Group B, the group that had chosen to pursue what they loved. The key ingredient in most successful projects is loving what you do. Having a goal or a plan is not enough. Academic preparation is not enough. Prior experience is not enough. Enjoyment of your life’s work is the key.
Introducing the “X” Factor
The “X” Factor is the active presence of Jesus Christ in your life, including your work. It begins the millisecond you are created anew in Christ Jesus by accepting Him as your Lord and Savior.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Your gifts and passions, ignited by the Holy Spirit, are manifested as spiritual gifts and God’s calling for you to minister for the good of others, not only in church but also in your home and work life.
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