“It will take a few tries before you get your calling right. Failure isn’t what prevents us from success, then. It’s what leads us there.” Jeff Goins
In the area I live in there are a ton of thrift stores. A lot of times after I drop off kids at sports or when I need to run an errand I’ll stop by the thrift store just to see what they have. I’m always drawn to the book section though cause you can get an incredible education or inspiration for only .50 cents or $1.
A few weeks ago I picked up the book The Art of Work A Proven Path to Discovering What You Are Meant To Do by Jeff Goins. I had heard of the author, and the title intrigued me so for a whopping .50 cents I splurged to see what he had to say.
Friends, it is so good. I know all yall probably know your calling, purpose and you’re already “living your best life or #blessedlife.” You probably know without a doubt what you were meant to do in this life, but I’m not quite as confident as you all yet or as confident as hair and makeup make me appear. The enemy of lies shows up in my neck of the woods too and tries to sell me a package deal of lies then just says “FOR FREE” you can have them all. I thankfully know the enemy’s tricks but if I’m honest sometimes the lies have just enough truth that they seem believable.
Anyway, in the book, there were tons of great thoughts that I don’t want to forget and I imagine they might encourage you all as well.
1. The world can be cruel. It’s nobody’s responsibility to make your dream come true. Tough times will come, and what determines a person’s success during such trying times is the ability to Pivot.
2. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.
3. Every calling is marked by a season of insignificance, a period when nothing seems to make sense.
4. When we feel farthest from our purpose, we are actually already on the path, headed in the right direction. This means that when you are confused and failing when all seems lost and you are about to give up, you are closer to your destiny than you realize. The message of the Pivot is what looks like a failure now is preparation for what’s to come, as long as you don’t give up.
5. What if we stopped saying “what if” and started saying “let’s.”
6. You are not just waiting on your calling your calling is waiting on you.
So what do you do? Stop talking and start doing. Don’t dream of being a writer – begin writing. Don’t dream of being an activist- go start something. Don’t dream of being an entrepreneur- launch something.
In closing, it will take a few tries before you get your calling right. Failure isn’t what prevents us from success, then. It’s what leads us there.
Thanks, Jeff Goins for the wisdom in this book.