Here’s what’s on my whiteboard right now. I’m fairly sure this diagram or something similar to this originally came from Jim Collins. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong. It’s all about helping people filter where they stand in their current position. There are three questions we need to consider:
- Am I good at what I do?
- Do I enjoy what I do?
- Will someone pay me to do it?
If you consider the responses to those three questions, not every position is the best fit. For example…
- Hobby – You’re good at something and you really enjoy doing it, but no one will pay you. That’s a hobby.
- Job – You’re good at something and someone will pay you, but you don’t enjoy it. That’s a job.
- Unemployed – You enjoy doing something and someone is currently paying you, but you’re not good at it. That’s when most employers fire people. (Of course, churches tend to pay people to do things they’re not good at. That’s a topic for another day.)
The goal is to find the perfect marriage of all three factors. Trust me — most people don’t get there overnight. Several years ago, I shared my journey. And, go figure, there have been a couple more steps since then.
No matter where you are, consider it one step in a long journey. A few of you will get to jump to your dream job immediately. For most of us, though, we have to keep our day job while we enjoy our hobbies. That’s not such a bad thing.
By the way, this is a huge value we consider in the staffing and structure reviews we do with churches. We do everything we can to make sure the right people are in the right roles. That’s the way God designed it. He wants us using our unique gifts and passions to fulfill his mission.
Where are you in your journey? Is God preparing you for your next step?