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WHAT’S YOUR STAGE?
Part 1 of a 2 Part Series
I’m a big fan of Johnny Cash and his music. There’s almost nothing I don’t like about him. In 1973 he was quoted at a press conference, “When I’m on stage I feel like I’m really a complete person because that’s what I feel like I do best.” He goes on to say that he’s most alive and happy when he’s performing.
That leads me to this question: What is your stage? Where are you and what are you doing that makes you come alive and brings you joy and fulfillment? What environment are you most comfortable in? We don’t all need a literal stage to feel like we are making a difference in the world, but we all have the opportunity to pursue things that turn us on and develop our natural abilities and become great in our own right. Whether it be a school teacher, architect, salesperson, athlete or whatever. Each one of us is unique and have something to offer the world.
So where do we start? How can we ensure that we don’t chase false dreams and waste time laboring at a job that leaves us frustrated, bored and disillusioned? I believe the key is to truly know who you are, and perhaps even more importantly, who you are not. I can speak from experience about this. I’ve done lots of different kinds of work in my life, and to some regards it’s a testimony to me not paying attention to how I’m wired. Otherwise, I probably would have spent more time honing my natural skills and abilities rather than taking a shotgun approach to my work life. Listen to me; nobody knows you better than you! Pay attention to your gut and be careful of outside influences trying to pull you in a direction(s) that you are not meant to go. For those of you who are not sure of how God wired you and what environment you work best in, I recommend taking a personality test. I recommend the DISC Personality Inventory. If you want a more in-depth analysis of your personality and what type of work environment you’d be most happy and productive in, along with an exhaustive list of suitable jobs, I recommend the MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential). These will likely confirm some things you already know about yourself, but may reveal some things you didn’t think were true about you. They are great tools to use as a foundation to build a career path that’s right for you. Also very important is your background; your family, faith, and the environment in which you grew up in. Look for those things that really shaped you and made an impression on you as a young boy or girl. You are looking for constants; things that don’t change and won’t change regardless of your circumstances. These things often define who you are and what is unique about you.
Johnny Cash knew who he was, where he came from, what he believed in, and where he wanted to go. He didn’t try to change things about himself so that the world would accept him. No, he was true to everything about himself and proceeded to carve out a path that was uniquely Johnny Cash; a legacy that is only fitting for “The Man In Black”.
Next week we’ll look at our motivations, skills & abilities and how they should affect our career choices. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll take another peek inside the House of Cash. Have a great week!
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