Our youngest daughter Kelli is closing in fast on the end of her sophomore year in the honors program at the University of Houston. On several occasions, my husband and I have enjoyed listening to her elaborate on her experiences in the trenches of college life. The study hours are grueling, she’s clocking an average of 7 miles per day crossing the campus, sleep is nonexistent, and the cafeteria
food tastes as bland as grilling one of her textbooks.
Recurring questions that keep coming up are: Remind me why am I doing this? When will I know I’m making the right choices? How can I know for sure I’m on the right path? As parents, we encourage her to keep moving forward, to learn from all the challenges she faces, and to get more sleep.
Our discussions have not reached the point where we tell her she will be reinventing herself for decades to come. We wish her career path would fit nicely into a pretty box with a bow on top, but it rarely does. Flexibility will be key!
I’m guessing some of you are in careers that have little resemblance to your undergraduate major. Through a variety of job experiences, we find ourselves dedicating forty or more hours of our week to work. Finding passion and contentment in your career is an achievable goal that many individuals have reached in the course of their lifetime.
If you’re still searching and feel stuck and fearful of making a change, there is hope. Author Steve Harvey, tackles this issue in his book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success. He has wonderful anecdotes throughout his book directing his readers to review their current circumstances and consider reinventing themselves. Some of my favorite quotes are, “Your career is what you paid for, your calling is what you’re made for”, and “The road to success is under construction. Success is not in a straight line.” Harvey lovingly inserts the spiritual component in this very serious endeavor. He says, “We cannot out-imagine God, so it’s vital to ask God what is our plan.”
Harvey recognizes his sense of humor as a gift, and his calling is the vehicle to utilize his gift. He notes that through his gift of humor, he is able to take information and transpose it into motivation and inspiration for others.
In the course of his life, he has worked as a comedian, a game show host, a talk show host, a radio show host, and a best selling author.
Humor has been the conduit in all of his work experiences, but delivering transposed information into motivation and inspiration is his calling.
When asked if he ever dealt with fear throughout his career changes, he said yes, every time, but his goals were always bigger than his fears. Believe it or not, change is good! Learn to be flexible. And as Steve Harvey reminds us in his book, “Take the lid off of your dreams. Do what you love, it will feed and fuel you.”
My husband and I will be incorporating that tidbit of information into our lives and our next conversation with Kelli.
Originally Published in The Bay City Tribune on February 28, 2016