AUDIO: Career Advice From a Christian Leader
Have you ever had someone ask you for advice? I hear those words often and every time they strike fear in my heart. Of course, theoretical advice is so fun and easy, but the problem is that it comes from my perspective with my experiences, my successes and my failures.
It’s dynamic, in that the advice I might have given you a decade ago won’t be the same as today. So instead of advising you on a situation, let me advise you on a process. This process works.
1. It’s Never About What You’re Doing, Earning, Embracing or Avoiding
It’s about who you are becoming and the relationships you’re building. Always put those first, even if it involves a little pain.
2. Your Greatest Fear Should be Shifting Priorities
If your foundation is shifting based on circumstances, it’s time to put down another anchor. The most important decision-making parameter has to do with traction toward a vivid definition of success you can repeat in any storm. If you don’t have that, be VERY AFRAID.
3. Be Vulnerable
Isolation will destroy you. I’m not talking about the incessant need to share your deepest darkest thoughts with everyone, I’m talking about being real. Being wrong and making it right. Sharing your story, not writing a fairy tale.
4. Broadcast Your Vision
Don’t drive people, call them. Practice sharing your passion and purpose until it gets clearer to you and everyone else. Get obsessive and listen for the echo to know who your real team members are.
5. The Greatest Leaders Aren’t Failure Free
You won’t be either. Don’t run FROM failure, Run TOWARD your Definition of Success. Failure is only failure when it cannot become part of your traction toward success. Hear what I’m saying. When we run away from pain, it doesn’t always mean we’re running toward success. My greatest qualifications as a leader have come through failure, even though I hate the failure itself. Never confuse the two.
These are the pillars of advice that will serve you well and never create conflict between success and being a Christian. This is the path to Breakthrough Leadership.