A recent article that I was reading from Verne Harnish had me thinking as well of a conversation that I recently had with Ed Perry… about finding one’s calling, not just one’s mission. First the quote from Verne:
The power of purpose — George Lucas, Film Director and Producer — “You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.” I love this quote. What jazzes me is finding the best, most practical, resources for growth firms.
Ed shared the following idea as well, in a related way, about how we, especially as entrepreneurs are on a path to find our calling… or as Verne has called it, our purpose. Ed shared with me the following graph, that I believe that was originally sourced from the Kellog School of Management.
The idea here is that we all start early in our work history with jobs. For me, this might have been back in high school, although I was fortunate to quickly have a chance (while in college) to work for Southwest Research, IBM, Motorola. We quickly proceed to earning cash, and start working on a “career”- perhaps in a field that is financially rewarding, but not inherently aligned with our internal purpose or meaning. And then at some point, some of us have the courage to wake up, realize where we are at, and start working on our mission…. it is only for the ones that continue to apply themselves that find their true calling, where our true work and financial rewards are aligned. It was great to see this, as I remember the years of being a financially successful consultant, to set out and find my life’s true calling, step off into the uknown, find myself squarely in my mission (missing the financial rewards of consulting) and slowly, but surely finding and creating my true calling. Best of luck and patience in creating yours as well.