A couple years ago, I read that life converges when a person reaches their mid-forties.  At this point in life, you’ve apparently learned enough to where you can consolidate all of life’s lessons and move forward in new and powerful ways.  While continual life-long learning is necessary, passing this milestone age means we should have run out of excuses.  Feelings of inadequacy or excuses of non-preparedness are no longer appropriate.  It’s time to give back, go for it, or whatever other motivational maxim that propels us to accomplish some great thing.

When I hit this season of life, I distinctly remember that I’d welcome the opportunity to combine my professional backgrounds.  Since they were so diverse, I didn’t think this was possible; and I was sure there wasn’t a job posting that provided the opportunity.  As a person of faith, I believe nothing is impossible for God, but He doesn’t promise life will be free of difficulty.

I started my career as a youth pastor.  I enjoyed working with people, but kids knew how to have the most fun and appeared to hold the most promise.  I learned a lot about people, often times because of their parents.  For me, this season provided great insight into human behavior and helped me hone my skills of teaching, training, speaking, and facilitation.  After a number of years, I found myself knowing a lot about the world of ministry, but not much about the world of work.  Therefore, I decided to embark on a difficult career change into business.

Being grateful for some entry level jobs, I begin studying accounting in the evenings and weekends at a local college.  I figured that numbers were the key to understanding business.  I passed the CPA exam and after a very short stint in public accounting, I spent nearly twenty years in private industry.  Now as I’ve pushed through my mid-forties, after 25 years of marriage, three kids, and still feeling pretty healthy, I’ve embarked on my own enterprises where I can do the things I love and best benefit other people.  I don’t typically read Confucius, but I do appreciate the following quote attributed to him.  “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  I believe this is achieved by becoming the person we are meant to be. 

If you haven’t achieved it yet, what holds you back from becoming the person you are meant to be?

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