12 results for tag: vocation


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 ...

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 ...

10 Quotes that Will Radically Reshape Your Idea of Calling

Tim Keller on "Why Calling Matters" “Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will come to naught. Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavour, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.” Os Guinness on "Making an Idol of Work" “Do we enjoy our work, love our work, virtually worship our work so that our devotion to Jesus is off-center? Do we put our emphasis on service, usefulness, or being productive in ...

Join My LIVE Webinar on Faith & Calling in the Marketplace

Did you know that on average 7 out of 10 Americans dislike their job? In fact, many of them, including Christians, feel like work is often a hard, monotonous set of thankless tasks. In fact, I believe this is a one of the biggest epidemics we're experiencing in this world today. As His image bearers, our singular mission is to glorify God in every domain in our lives, including our work. We yearn to live purpose-driven lives. Whether we know it or not, we ask these fundamental questions... How do I discover my calling? How can I find meaning and purpose in my work? In the last several years, God has placed a burden in my heart - ...

The #1 Reason Why We Become Mindless Zombies at Work

If you add all the time spent at workplace, commuting to and from work and add in the time spent thinking about, preparing for, or conducting work-related activities in and outside of work, work consumes a significant amount of your life – about 30% by some estimates. Now, here is what alarms me. Recent studies by Gallup report 13% of employees are happy at work worldwide (around 30% in U.S). In other words, globally, almost 9 out of 10 people dislike or hate their job. Frankly speaking, I too have suffered from countless days feeling robbed from a sense of purpose, meaning, and joy from work. As a Christian, I have wrestled with the idea of ...

How to Make a Difference People Love: Insights from Largest-ever Study on Award-Winning Work

What constitutes great work? How do you really make a difference people love? David Sturt, EVP of O.C. Tanner Institute, spearheaded the world’s largest-ever study on award-winning work. Instead of most research that focuses on personality traits, O.C. Tanner took a different approach and focused on the work itself - under what conditions it happens, and what people are doing when they produce it.  “Think about how your work affects others, look at the larger purpose of your work and who it benefits, and see yourself as a potential difference-maker.” Here are seven distilled insights on how anyone can have great work – that is, to ...

How to Connect Sunday Worship to Monday Work

“If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music ... Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” - Martin Luther King Jr. Did you know only 13% of employees worldwide like their work? If you work in the United States, consider yourself blessed. Three out of ten employees are engage and inspired at work, while less than one out of ten employees enjoy work in countries like China, Japan, France, Iran etc. ...