What do you do when there’s a gap between your gifts and talents and the dream you haven’t yet been able to realize?
It’s not uncommon to hear statements from workers like, “I don’t have the opportunity to do what I do best everyday,” or, “I don’t have opportunities at work to learn and grow.” Due to reasons like this (and a few others), there’s a growing dissatisfaction with our work. One study points out that unhappy employees may outnumber happy ones by about two to one!
I know I’ve found myself in that place where I believed my talents were being underutilized. I felt like if “they” would only give me a chance to show them what I could do, then I might make it to where I want to be professionally.
Over the years, I adopted a bit of a mantra… #dothework. But not everyone agress with that. Too many people take the perspective that they won’t do something until they get paid for it. Howard Butt, Jr. points out in this video…
As it turns out, almost every leader begins as a follower. The person eventually in charge of big things starts out as the person able and willing to do the small things—in the high calling of our daily work.
I wonder if the best thing you can do when you find yourself in that place where your talent exceeds your current position is to suck it up, #dothework, and prove to everyone why you deserve the bigger position (or whatever dream it is you’re going for).
Aligning Talents with Dreams
Ideally, we’re equipped with talents to support the dreams God gives us, but often, life’s timing isn’t perfect. Maybe we’re waiting to discover the dream, or maybe we’re waiting to develop the talent more fully. Our series Aligning Talents with Dreams explores not only what it’s like when our talents and dreams converge, but also what we can do in-between, when we’re waiting for them to align.