Work, like an unrelenting set of waves, hits us all while we’re still pretty young. Warm beds to climb out of, buses to catch, desks to sit still at, teachers to listen to, homework to finish, rooms to clean. And then the sun rises and you do it all over again.
Your work grows with you. After-school jobs, studying at college, finding a career, paying bills, raising kids. Yikes. You live to work and work to live! It’s frankly overwhelming.
But work doesn’t have to be a downer. Work is more than essential; it is extremely good for us. It shapes us and makes us who we are. It is also our way of making and shaping the world.
Since we do it all the time, what’s the best way to think about work? I’ll tell you. Work is problem-solving.
The world is full of problems. Think of the little problems: messy rooms, laundry, math (I really hated math!), memorizing history lessons (actually liked this one!), weeds, and dirty dishes. These little problems set you up for bigger ones: picking the right college, finding the ideal career, and nailing that perfect place to live. And all this ultimately sets you up to deal with the really big challenges: helping sick people, managing complex business situations, fixing broken bridges or building new ones…on and on.
This is simply life’s design. The world teems with things that need fixing or improving, and we are each called to contribute. In life, the problems never stop, and we need great people like you to help fix them.
So, as you get older and start to think about your career and education, the key question to answer is this: What problems are you best suited to solve?
What are you excited to work on? What can you contribute to help others, to bless people, to grow and expand? What were you made to do better than anyone else? And you can’t say nothing! Every one of us is a character in this story and every one of us can play a role.
We are each uniquely qualified to fix problems that impact countless others. You don’t have to be a famous basketball player, the CEO of a huge company, or President of the US to do this. Think about it. Who had a huge impact on your life? I bet you can name teachers, coaches, and even the local shop owner you’d visit when you were little who had a way bigger impact on you than the US President.
Grandiose or humble, we all have a way to contribute to the world around us. That is your calling.
How Find Your Calling Helps
Here’s my story. My interest profile on Find Your Calling looks like this (see below). It reflects the fact that I love creative stuff and I also love persuading and helping people. These are the things that energize me. My profile also captures the fact that I’m not super into organizational activities! (Sorry, no finance or admin, please.) But that’s ok because there are lots of other people who love that stuff and excel at it. They will help me!
Find Your Calling uses my profile to match me with basic occupation categories. Human Services is a high match. It includes the occupation of historian, and I’ve always loved history (my folks took me to all sorts of cool places when I was little).
Next, Arts. I really like this too. Photography, design, video production—these are all things I love. After that I get Business Management and Marketing. Spot on! I worked in marketing for eight years and now I work in business management.
In other words, Find Your Calling totally nailed the areas where I enjoy spending my time solving problems. So work doesn’t have to be drudgery. You just have to find the right tasks. What’s calling your name?
So jump in! It’s free! Take the two-minute Discovery Questionnaire and find the work you were born to do.