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30 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned by Age 30

I never believed this day would come so fast. I turned 30 years old today. I can't help but ponder the significance of age 30. In the Bible, the number 30 can symbolize dedication to a particular task or calling. In Old Testament, priests were dedicated to serve at 30, in part because it was the age when a person reached both physical and mental maturity and could therefore handle major responsibilities. John the Baptist was age 30 when he came out from the wilderness to pave the way for the Messiah. Jesus officially began his public ministry at 30. So, here's my 30 life lessons I learned by age 30. 1. I cannot give what I don’t possess. As ...

9 Surprising Job Interview Tips from America’s Top Career Expert

In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, it was revealed that the average person in the U.S. born between 1957 and 1964, had to go job-hunting 17.2 times from when they were 18 years old until they were 48. Job hunting isn’t an optional exercise. It’s a must. Richard Bolles, widely known as America's top career expert, wrote the world’s most popular job hunting guide “What Color is Your Parachute?” that reveals practical tips for writing impressive resumes and cover letters, networking effectively, interviewing with confidence and negotiating a rewarding salary. I gleaned 9 key tips the author shares in his book. Int...

Purpose Driven Burnout: A Wake-Up Call for Leaders

This is a guest post by YC Chan. YC is a industrial designer, part-time instructor, and inventor with 13 patents. He has served as a counselor in Christian youth fellowships since 1993 and pre-marriage mentoring program since 2011. The Bible emphasizes on working hard & condemns laziness (in Proverb & in some Parables) … People say “always be a productive person, contribute to the society & humanity as much as you can…” The society “ranks” you by your work - your profession, what company you are working for, how much you make… What does you heart say? Have you experienced the “Purpose-driven Burnout”? As ...

Why I Fired Myself Before I Got Fired By Somebody Else

Last week, I did the craziest thing an ambitious 28-year-old could. I quit (no, I fired myself from) my Fortune 50, high-paying job with great benefits without having another official job lined up. Some have called this a corporate suicide. Others applauded and secretly envied my audacity to pursue my calling in life.  The truth is, I felt like a mindless zombie at work, drowning in the currents of purposelessness. Every day was a daily grind where I felt I was consigned to monotonous, set of thankless tasks. For the last several years, I asked myself, “Was this what work amounted to?” “How I can work under a toxic environment where my ...

Equipping the Saint: How Do You Shape Vocational Imagination?

I am live blogging from Portland, Oregon at the Redeeming Work Conference. Speaker lineups include, Skye Jethani, Paul Pastor, AJ Sherrill, Kate Harris, Kevin Palau and more. I hope these insights will empower you to integrate your faith and work. Speaker: AJ Sherrill, Trinity Grace Church NYC Q: What do you do? There was one answer that were above all. In the gilded age, the answer was to answer “nothing.” “I am privileged to do nothing.” This was the highest form of life during the Gilded Age. In today’s, we find ourselves in a different place. We over identity ourselves with work. In our age, we are in an ...

What Martin Luther King Jr. Taught Me About the Meaning of Life

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 86 today. His legacy continues to inspire millions, including myself. In my previous post, I wrote about my twenty favorite MLK quotes that have influenced my worldview in life. Today, I'd like to share my thoughts on what Martin Luther King Jr. taught me about the meaning of life. Six months before he was assassinated , Martin Luther King delivered a lesser known but exceptionally insightful address on the topic of purpose and meaning of life. In just 563 words, delivered at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, King suggests three relevant and powerful ways to seek a meaningful life. The ...

The Man Who Changed His Life After Reading His Obituary

One morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, the man who had spent his life amassing a fortune from the manufacture and sale of weapons, awoke to read his own obituary. The obituary was printed as a result of a simple journalistic error. Alfred's brother had died, and a French reporter carelessly reported the death of the wrong brother. Any man would be disturbed under the circumstances, but to Alfred the shock was overwhelming because he saw himself as the world saw him - "the dynamite King (the weapon maker)," the great industrialist who had made an immense fortune from explosives. (more…)

If You Must Live, Live Strictly on Purpose

About the Author: Ignatius Onuoha is a multifaceted and multitalented young man, a chemical engineer by profession, a writer, teacher and motivational speaker by passion and a preacher by calling. He is the initiator of the soon to launch MTOP NETWORK INTERNATIONAL, an NGO committed to raising leaders with revolutionary mindset. He has been committed to developing and empowering the youth to use their God-given potentials to fulfill purpose and destiny. You can connect with him on Facebook and his blog. Living with purpose is the only way to really live. Everything else is just existing. With the billions of people living on ...

8 Clues that Helped Me Discover What I Was Born to Do

A tagline of one book grabbed my attention. It read, “Discover the life you were born to live.” I thought to myself, “If I knew the answer, I’d be winning the jackpot of life.” If you’re like me, you’ve wrestled with questions like: “Who am I?” “Why on earth am I here?” “Where am I going?” Thankfully, Michael Kendrick and Ben Ortlip did us a great service by writing “Blueprint.” The authors say, “Blueprint for life is your chance to take out a piece of paper and say, ‘Lord, I’m listening and I’m taking notes. Tell me everything you want me to know.” In other words, we can discover God’s will in ...

The Number One Reason Why I Almost Failed at Pursuing my Calling in Life

I’m about to embark on one of the defining milestones in life. After four years of working in Corporate America, I’m back as a student to pursue my Masters of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) degree at Pepperdine University. In less than a week, I’m about to connect with 33 professionals who aspire to make a difference in this world – a meaningful impact – through the field of organization development. With the exciting announcement in the stage of my life, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from family and friends. However, most of them were clueless when it came to how this decision was made. Most people ...