It’s Not About What You Want

I want to, and have wanted to, do a lot of things. Let’s take one thing I wanted to do: I wanted to be an equities trader. I still do sometimes. So for two years I tried to do it, every day, hours on end. It didn’t end very well. (We can talk more about that later, I’m sure it’s going to come up again.)

At the end of the day, I wasn’t that good at trading. But, man I think it would be cool to trade for a living. But I wasn’t good at it.

I really really wanted to be able to do it. But it’s not about what you want.

Ultimately, God wasn’t calling me to build a career as an equities trader.

I’m not good enough, and I didn’t (and don’t) have the drive to stick with it. So I can confidently tell you, that’s not my calling. I’m not called to do that.

We want to make calling a really complicated thing to decipher. It’s not that complicated. As a matter of fact, let me eliminate 65.023% (note the significant figures, I’m very scientific) of all the professions in the world for you with this simple checklist. Just follow along at home and ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I good at [insert task here]?

(ok, I lied, it’s just one question.)

If you answered “no”: Congratulations! You’re probably not called to do that.

It’s that simple. (1)

There are some exceptions here, and we’ll talk about those later… But if you started reading this thinking “I have no idea what my calling is.” We just made huge progress. We cut the universe of viable callings in half. (!) You have 65% fewer options to consider.

Next time, let’s talk about what to do with the other 35%.

(1) It’s simple, but simple doesn’t always equal easy.

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