Dan Miller talks quite a bit about creating your own work (Even in your own organization). I have become a big believer in this ever since I started working with CollegePlus. The idea is that you have certain God-given gifts that you can leverage in your work. Your motivation and productivity rise dramatically when you focus your time using these gifts, or “Talents” according to CollegePlus’s Navigate program.
What does it look like when you seek to “create your own work”? It isn’t about having a “have it your way” attitude. It isn’t about being selfish. It is all about having a determination to bring your greatest gifts that God has given you to work. This means that as you develop a better understanding of your true strengths, you continually have your eyes open for opportunities to do more of the work you love and the work you know you can truly do to the best of you ability.
This is what it means to create your own work. It is all about stewardship of what talents God has invested in you. On this note I encourage any CP students to look into taking the Signature Leadership Courses hosted by CP and taught by Jeff Myers. We CP coaches are either going through the course lectures ourselves or have already taken these three excellent courses. I have to say that this is one of the best college course I have ever seen. Dr. Myers’ work here directly relates to this idea of leading with your talents in your life and in your work.
If you are not familiar with CollegePlus I encourage you to learn more about the company and its goals. Here is a Squidoo lens I made so people could learn more. Our new Navigate program is an excellent way for students to build a foundation of understanding of their personally calling and God-given talents that they can use in service to God throughout their life’s work.
Loved the book by Malcolm Gladwell.
What happens when all your ideas and efforts come to a head? Things change.
Dave Ramsey teaches this concept with the “debt snowball.” You pay the little one off then roll your payment to the next debt. Small efforts become big payoffs in the end.
If this is true in finance, it is certainly true in life. Focus on the work that you are made to do. Volunteer it, offer it, demand opportunities for it. What is the point of work unless your effort is worthwhile?But after a while, if you do what matters, the little effort leads to big payoff.
I am working with 5 opportunities right now. All of them are related to my strengths. They are the little efforts that will lead to the most important opportunities of my life.
It isn’t about money (though that will come). It isn’t about the fun and freedom (these are side benefits). It is about living a life worth the thousands of hours we put into it.
Where do you spend your hours? How are the little efforts tipping towards big payoffs?