Find & Follow Your Passion
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
“I’d rather fail at what I’m passionate about than be successful in something I’m not interested in.”
– Patricia Heaton
I have several friends who are world-class entrepreneurs. They can spot a great business opportunity a mile away and aren’t afraid to seize it if they think they can make an honest dollar or two. It could be a start-up or an existing business, it really doesn’t matter. It also doesn’t matter to them what kind of industry is involved or whether they have worked in that field before. They are simply motivated by the opportunity itself, nothing more and nothing less.
One such gentleman has started at least 15 different companies. Each time he begins a new business, he grows it to a certain point and then sells it… usually at a substantial profit. In fact, one of his companies – which he started from scratch – sold a few years ago for a whopping $75 million!
I, on the other hand, am a lot like Patricia Heaton. I don’t look for business opportunities, I look for needs. Specifically, needs that align with my passions. That’s how I got involved in prison ministry way back in 1987. Other than my wife and family, my passions are Jesus Christ and sports. And so, God led me to join those two passions together and form a ministry that shared the gospel through athletics. Little did I know that my clientele would be prisoners throughout North America and Africa!
Personally, I am glad that God wires each of us differently. My business-oriented friends are wired one way by their Creator, and Patricia Heaton and I are wired another. Neither is better or worse than the other, just different.
What motivates you, my friend? Is it business opportunities or service opportunities? And what things are you the most passionate about? Life is too short for you to be doing something that you absolutely hate for a living or that doesn’t utilize your God-given abilities.
Take a few minutes – or a few days – to reflect and do some self-examination. Then follow your dreams, your ambitions, and your calling… all for God’s glory.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…” Romans 12:6a (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President