Our Moral Compass: Answer Your Calling

“You must find something that you deeply love and are passionate about and are willing to sacrifice a lot to achieve.”

-Howard Schultz

The comedian Steve Hardy once said, “You’re career is what you are paid for, your calling is what are you are made for.” We all have or have had careers. The question is has that career just been that, a career or has it been a calling: something we were born to do? Something that if given the choice to do things all over again, what we are doing now or did do, we’d do it all over again without hesitation. Tough things to reflect on and answer I know. For me education has always been my calling and I try to focus on what is truly in my control and do my best to ignore the politics and constant testing and/or evaluations that overshadows the true purity and beauty of the profession. I mean, I know that I am bias when I say this but what better calling could you have that provides me with the opportunity to serve, lead and inspire little minds to become the change they wish to see in the world? To me, there isn’t.

Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of the Starbucks Coffee Company from 1986 to 2000, and then again from 2008 to 2017 is one who knows what his calling was in the area of business. His quote is one describes one’s calling a something we are deeply in love with and passionate about. But it is the willingness to sacrifice and do whatever it takes to live out and answer that calling when that proverbial bell rings. I say this because many of us are aware of what are calling is but for whatever reason either ignore it, don’t put forth the effort necessary and push it aside due to other pressing matters or are too afraid to take that risk to make what we dream of a reality.

When I think of our calling this also defines our why. The author and speaker Simon Sinek gave an inspiring and very compelling TED talk of why we need to start with why and even turned it into a book that I highly recommend you read. When I reread Howard Schultz’s quote it reminds of my why or my calling which as I stated before is education. I love being able to see children who once struggled academically or emotionally learn strategies to overcome whatever may have been holding them back. To have the ability to coach and guide them, be their confidant or just to listen to them is truly a magical experience. You can’t put a price tag on it because it is priceless. Knowing that I can help to make their life be for the better no matter what they may be going through in their home life is indescribable. When I think of all these reasons it washes away all of the negative, outside, uncontrollable factors I mentioned earlier. And to me, just knowing this, makes it worth all of the sacrifices I have made in the past and will make in the future for the betterment of our children and the world. There is no greater honor.

So my question to you is: Have you answered your calling yet? Better yet, will you do what it takes to answer that calling? Because if you don’t, who will? Answer it now, before it is too late.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?

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