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When was the last time someone asked you this potentially embarrassing question?

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When was the last time someone asked you this potentially embarrassing question?

Does your job turn you on?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.

8 replies on “When was the last time someone asked you this potentially embarrassing question?”

Jeff,

I have to admit it – no, my job in its current state doesn’t turn me on. But each day I pray for God to use me while I do my work, not for people, but to glorify him. And one of two things will eventually happen – my desires for my career will become more like His desires for my career, or He will open a door to a new opportunity.

I have been praying with Psalm 37:4 in mind, which states, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” But I have to remember that my desires need to become more in line with His greater desires for me, not some selfish desire of mine.

Bob

Bob, in your message is the key, “delight yourself”.

But from what should take delight – this is the million-dollar question, no?

The transformational turn for me was when I stopped trying to “get ahead” (maybe a decade ago).

Instead of working on the next promotion, I poured myself into working on the art of what my current “level” was missing.

When I focused on contribution instead of personal achievement, delight and joy began to surround each day, and has continued to grow from that tiny little mustard seed.

Bob, love your transparency here. And your contribution. Be well and remain amazed.

Thank you so much for your perspective…I needed the encouragement!

I guess for me, the issue isn’t so much pouring myself into what I do. I definitely do that and have become very good at what I do. It just seem that the more I pour into my current responsibilities, the less I am able to do the things that are my passion. That’s why I am at this point of praying for God to either change my passion or change my direction.

Bob, maybe the opportunity is in slowly letting go of the things you have to do and slowly make what you get to do feel like art – to yourself and to your audience.

Much of what we think we have to do adds very little value to what we think adds value.

And places we think the value is t needed is where it’s needed the most.

You are right.

I have to keep reminding myself of an article I read years ago about Nat King Cole, known for the way his voice created a feeling with each song he sung. Nat was a pianist, and that was his passion. Singing was added to complement his strong piano play. Yet singing is what people remember now the most about him.

Well, if you ever saw any of the old “Nat King Cole Show” episodes that aire on BET Jazz (I pick it up when I am in Louisiana and Mississippi), he always took the opportunity to play his piano. Sometimes he would sing as he played, but sometimes it was just him playing the piano. I think he discovered that he loved singing, but he never gave up his love for the piano. He normally did his own piano and arrangements for his albums. I think what he realized, more than anything, was that it didn’t have to be an “either/or” situation, but a “both/and” situation.

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