A 20-year overnight success is a funny thought until it looks like the title of your life story. Some of us have held on to dreams of what we wanted to be since we were children, while others have changed careers several times over the years. Magazines and researchers argue that Millennials struggle to commit to one career path because they lack discipline. Forbes published an article that Millennials we’re prone to “career regrets.” In some cases, this may be true. But have you ever considered how much anxiety conforming to traditional career pathways or choosing to pioneer a new career causes Millennials? The urgency to have needs met is equal to a need for a fulfilling life that includes a loved career. The early onset of adulting demands that Millennials plan and act quickly. Especially when daily survival depends on it.
A 20-year overnight success is a funny thought until it looks like the title of your life story.
Having a passion is kind of like a GPS. Every time you seek out ways to use your passion or begin on a new project and hit a stumbling block passion reroutes you. Don’t get me wrong sometimes it hurts and you have to wait a while for a signal to register. But, eventually, you’ll discover another route and head down a path that gets you back on track. I typically use passion and calling interchangeably because for me they are. My ministry happens is what I’m passionate about. Designing and mining personal narratives [pastoral care] are at the core of who I am and although the two seem to be a random pair to most, they fit perfectly together. I help people discover their life story and create sustainable spaces that reflect who they are and give them what they need to flourish. Now after painting this beautiful picture about my passion I have to be honest. What I do is amazing and fulfilling, but financially, it sucks.
I’m on the job market now and it’s difficult to find a job that won’t lead to tears or me living in someone’s spare bedroom. It’s true there are tons of positions out there. Magazines and journals that say the job market is booming aren’t lying. It would be great if the perfect job landed in my lap, but the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. So, how do you search for your ideal position? Do you have enough qualifications? So many thoughts and question come to mind at the thought of attempting to live out your calling and pay bills. Jaylen Bledsoe, a black, male millionaire, is under 21 and spits knowledge like no other. In an interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes, he described two types of dreamers. The first type has a God-given dream and takes action to achieve it. The second type hears the dream and waits for God to deliver on it.
It doesn’t help you. You go nowhere.
My prayers are always asking God to remove the spirit of inaction and passivity. It doesn’t help you. You go nowhere. I was recently talking to one of my sisters and expressed my frustration with people who pretend to take action and make decisions. You know them. The people who pretend they’re going to change their diet so they only order takeout four times a week instead of every day and are upset when they realize they’ve gained 10lbs. On the other side, you can find yourself investing time in so many ventures that you lose sight of what you’re supposed to be doing and miss the steps that would have fueled your dream.
I had to come to terms with this not too long ago. There was a project I wanted to drop in the mental health community like an atom bomb. It would’ve redefined health care for minorities in an epic way. It broke my heart to admit that now wasn’t the time and watch another pioneering moment pass me by. Knowing when your dream’s birth moment is important. So many entrepreneurs fail every day because they underestimated what it would take to get a project going. Sometimes God gives you ideas that stay on the back burner for years while you finish other assignments. And it sucks. But trusting that God has appointed all things for a particular moment is critical for any dreamer. Again, it sucks. But the waiting process has to make the receiving that much better. Stay tuned for my “how I got over” update. Be encouraged.