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Allowing Talent to Determine Your Calling

09 Jan

My calling is in writing and communicating with the world around me

A quote by Aristotle was once shared with me that says, “Where you talents meet the needs of the world, therein lies your calling.” It’s easy to gloss over these words without truly taking them to heart, but if you read it again—more slowly—you will realize the power this timeless quote holds.

Whether you’re a newly graduated student, someone looking for a career change or an entrepreneur ready to start your own business, there is a lot of uncertainty you must face. I’ve asked myself these same questions: what do I want to do, what am I good at, what’s my purpose? And I can’t say I’ve come up with definitive answers as of yet. These may be lifelong questions which we continually ask ourselves to re-evaluate our life goals every so often. But I do know one thing for sure, where you talents meet the needs of the world, therein lies your calling.

The biggest push I had to leave my former career and start Bennis Public Relations, Inc was the belief that I had more to offer the world than working a desk job and answering phones. I wanted to work with a variety of different people—all with different communications needs—and share my talents to help them better themselves and their business. This was my passion and my drive. I still know when I’m on the right path when I get excited for the tasks ahead of me each day. And this is the message I want to share with you—we all have a passion and a talent for something.  Right now, today, are you using yours to meet the needs of the world?

I recently came across a video clip of a man who should have every reason to feel sorry for himself and question his self-worth—but he doesn’t. Instead, he uses his talents to meet the needs of the world, the need to inspire us and put our blessings into perspective. While dealt an unfortunate situation, he has not only survived, but has become an immensely talented speaker. Imagine what you could do with your talents?

I strongly urge you to take just 4 minutes out of your day to watch this video.

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19 responses to “Allowing Talent to Determine Your Calling

  1. blogblunders

    January 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for this. It is always good to read someone else pushing to use their talents well. I am currently learning and exploring how and where to use best use my talents and maintain an income at the same time to support a family.

    I have seen the video a number of times before, never ceases to amaze and inspire.

    Thank you for your blog, always a great read. Be blessed.

     
    • Stephanie Bennis

      January 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I’m often torn between staying true to my passions and desiring making more money faster. Being an entrepreneur is a slow (and not always steady) process–but I remind myself that I’m doing what I love and using my talents and that should be greater than income alone!

       
  2. maturestudenthanginginthere

    January 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Thank you for sharing this – it was the perfect day for me to watch this.

     
  3. Cheval John

    January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Thanks Stephanie.

     
    • Stephanie Bennis

      January 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Cheval! I owe you a guest blog post soon!

       
  4. Anabelle

    January 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

    It’s hard to figure out your purpose in life, especially when you are younger. But as I grow up and get wiser, I get the strong feeling that I’m meant to be, like you, something more than a desk jockey. And, increasingly, I’m willing to sacrifice monetary stability in order to follow that path.

     
    • Stephanie Bennis

      January 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I’m here to offer you any advice if you need it. I’m currently traveling down this winding path of finding my way and am happy to impart advice where I can. I know I wish that I had someone who I could have turned to in the beginning.

       
  5. Dalai Lina

    January 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    OK, is it just me, then? I can’t play the video – there isn’t an image or a play button! Otherwise, nice article 🙂

     
  6. Miss Tuggy

    January 10, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Wow, I just almost cried.

    A few years ago I was having breakdown after breakdown because people kept telling me I had “potential” for everything. I could do anything, but I can’t do everything. So I didn’t do anything because I was so overwhelmed.

    Then a woman, a total stranger who does social work and gardens, told me that maybe dancing is what I have to offer the world. She thought that could be my calling. At the time I didn’t believe her, but I’m starting to. It’s crazy what a difference that makes.

    Thanks for posting this.

     
  7. ohalabieh

    January 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing Stephanie. The video is truly inspirational!

     
  8. Noi that hoa phat

    January 17, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Great video! Thanks for sharing

     
  9. The Hook

    January 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Great quote to share!

     
  10. strategyplanone

    January 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Great article…keep up the good work

     
  11. Minnesota Prairie Roots

    February 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    If we all heeded your advice, this world would be a much better, happier, place, as cliche as that sounds. For you to understand this at such a young age is a gift, a true gift, indeed.

     
  12. ausurfer

    February 16, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Fantastic video and a reminder to be positive. Thanks for sharing it.

     
  13. Alex Cespedes

    April 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Great post! I know I struggled with this until a couple years back. And even so, I still do a regular analysis of how my skills might’ve changed and where new opportunities might lie

     
  14. kallywhitehead

    March 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Love the Aristotle quote, I think it would be useful to read when you’re grappling with your fears and doubts. ‘What is my calling in life’ is such a big question…working out whether you have a talent for something and if the world needs that thing, is so much simpler. Love it!

     
    • Stephanie Shirley

      March 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

      This quote has a great way of calming me just for that reason–it makes it sound so simple and straightforward. It’s a great reminder for me to stop making things overly complicated 🙂

       

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