In today’s fast-paced culture, our children have numerous opportunities available to them. They can be entrepreneurs, YouTube stars, politicians, or leaders of massive social movements. With all of these choices, it can be difficult for them to figure out what their true calling is. It’s easy to be distracted by every bright and shiny opportunity that comes along. Things that look good may not be good for us. It takes maturity and discernment to distinguish the difference.
Many people miss out on their true calling because they are paralyzed by fear. No one wants to make the wrong choice and live an unfulfilled life. But that’s exactly what happens when people fail to fully examine themselves to understand their heart’s true desires. Our purpose tugs at us. It keeps us awake at night. It is that thing that drives us. It is a passion, something that is so hard for you to shake that you are willing to make sacrifices to achieve it.
I spend a lot of time talking to my children and encouraging them to explore different options for their lives. My daughter, who is considering college majors, wants so badly to make a wise choices that will please her mother and me. To ease her mind and help her to make a decision that will drive her closer to her calling, I shared this story about Bill Gates.
As a teenager, Bill Gates partnered with his friend Paul Allen to create computer programs and business opportunities at his Seattle preparatory school. Bill Gates enrolled in Harvard to become a lawyer, no doubt influenced by his lawyer father. Eventually both men dropped out of college and turned a childhood passion into a billion dollar empire.
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