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What MAPS can do for you:

Working at what this chart shows you have potential in‚ especially when accompanied by drive and passion means you are living your life’s purpose‚ doing what you are designed to do. There is great strength in living your purpose‚ and even greater potential can be realized when passion and drive accompany vocations where you show high potential.

This chart identifies what your relative potential in a particular job is. It does not identify your skills‚ it does not identify your passions‚ likes and dislikes for a particular vocation; you already know what you like and dislike and what you are skilled at. What you did not know is where you have the most potential and what you did not know in this case‚ is more important than what you did know.

Potential zero’s you in on where you will be a good fit. When you have identified a high potential vocation or career that you also have drive and passion for you then know you have a sustainable passion for that career.

Conversely‚ if you rank low in potential for an area‚ but have skills and knowledge in that area‚ generally speaking you will not be able to work in that field with the drive you would if you scored high in it. This does not mean that you would not be good at it‚ especially if you have a passion for it; it just means that you might excel more in a vocation that is a more natural fit.

For example; if you have a high potential score in accounting and administrative vocations but do not like that type of work‚ it would not be a good choice for you regardless of how high you scored in it. If you have a low potential score in sales‚ but you are highly successful and happy in what you do; a high potential score does not mean you should change; your passion may drive you to succeed.

Potential speaks of something much more valuable than skills‚ it identifies vocations and careers you can have a sustainable passion for‚ something you will naturally do well. Learning new skills‚ developing talents and exceeding in areas you both have potential and passion for will‚ generally speaking‚ be easier to achieve and provide you with sustainable drive and passion for the long term as well as significant chances for greater success.

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What’s the Point?

By: Phil Ortiz
www.collegelifeplanning.com

What’s the Point?

What do I like to do? What would I be good at? How do I even know if I will like what I do? What about college? Should I even go? I don’t even know what i’m going to major in. Would I be wasting money? Maybe i’ll just figure it out when I get there. How am I going to pay for college? Should I just take out loans? What if I don’t like the classes? What if I don’t like the college? How do I know what college is right for me? What am I going to do after I graduate? How am I going to pay off my loans? How do I even know what I would be good at? All my friends are going to this college, maybe I should go…if they like it then I might… My family went to that college, I should just go to the same one. There is no way I could go to college, I could never afford it.

Sounds pretty hectic, but that is exactly what is going on in students heads while in high school and right after they graduate. The facts are that these questions are so difficult to answer and students are so far off from anything they can call an answer that they don’t even think about trying to find an answer. So on the outside it looks as though they don’t care, but in reality, they do, they just don’t have the tools to answer these questions.

Deep within every student there is an immeasurable amount of potential to succeed. Yet that will never be unleashed unless the student knows where and how to apply that potential.  Every student coming out of high school was born with strengths.  Every student, your son or daughter,  or even you holding this book, were defined and wired for a specific purpose. But what is that purpose? What are these “things”? What are these “strengths”? How do I tap in this potential? Are you sure I actually have strengths? Yes, absolutely everyone has strengths. Our strengths were not given to us simply to achieve our own goals. Our strengths were given so we can fulfill God’s purpose and plan for our lives and bring His Kingdom. This is the concept of vocation, or calling. “A job is what you are hired to do, a calling is what you are wired to do.”

What students first need is for someone to “draw out” these inner talents, strengths and gifts then they can be “poured” into with personalized, focused and applicable education according to their strengths.  The object of students in high school is to identify these strengths then develop, cultivate and test these strengths in college.  Once you better understand and appreciate your personal strengths, you can get a clearer focus on your identity with a more specific direction for your future.  This will create a mindset that will not make work seem like an actual task. When you sit down to start a project, or a paper, it won’t feel like a burden, hanging over your head like those fill in the blank worksheets, research papers, or boring reading assignments about topics you don’t understand and subjects you don’t really care about.  You will begin to study subjects that excite your mind and will instigate your desire to learn.

At what point are we prepared to decide our future?

Find Your Calling
Mike LaBahn

The age at which we are asked to make the most life changing decisions is often an age where we have not seasoned our decision-making processes with real world experience. Inevitably, high school and college age youth will struggle to find their way, changing jobs or changing majors until they feel they are headed in the right direction. But for some, they are already committed to a plan of action, and so continue on knowing on some level that this is not where they want to be. Picking a major path and pouring years of effort towards training in a field we may later have no interest in (or even outright dislike) is a pretty frightening prospect for an 18 year old to face.

Will we go to college, or get a job? What major path should we pick? Is this what I’ll want to be doing when I am 80? For lack of knowing how to answer these questions, many will opt for the path of getting a job while their friends choose the path of college. Those who choose college may see their friends go to work and they may wonder if they should have done the same. Those that opted not to go to college ponder whether they should have stayed in school.

Discipline plays a large part in much of the choices made at this age. Many choices are made based on the ‘play now, pay later’ theory, where we believe we have all the time in the world to ‘get serious’ later in life. If only we could go back in time to our former selves to deliver a warning. Pay for it and sacrifice now, and it will cost you way less than if you put it off. Going to college or trade school when you are young, full of energy, and very likely without family obligations means you can pay now and play later.

Sadly, very few answers are available for the youth of today. Making decisions without a frame of reference for the gravity of what we are choosing is like playing Russian roulette with our futures. Though it is not implemented on many high school campuses to my knowledge, I believe there should be a personality test administered to graduating high school seniors to help determine where they should consider setting their sights in terms of their major path or career goal.

The Briggs/Meyers personality test, for example, is an amazing and utterly fascinating glimpse into how each of us is uniquely wired. Administration of a test like this could save years of angst and heartache for those going forth into the world without a clue about where they’d like to end up. Without knowing what your strengths are, how can a person possibly know what they could feel passionate about? Without knowing your weaknesses, how can a person know what paths to avoid?

And so, aside from some vague steering in a general direction, there is not a truly comprehensive ‘test’ given to determine what someone’s calling is. And so, it is with trepidation and more than a little fear that most head out, hoping that they have made the right decisions. Yet they have no basis by which to gauge if this is the case until years have passed and they are utterly committed.

Purpose

Knowing your purpose is a bit conceited. When I was preaching more, I would be asked on a regular basis, “How can you be sure”? The question is posed because people don’t understand how such a vague and general question about purpose can be articulated. But it can! You can know what you are supposed to do, and then set our goals to get it done!

Joel Barker said, “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” Joel Barker is a man who understands vision and how it is achieved in the world. We must be a generation who lives their life with conviction and purpose to action. For too long people have been talkers and not doers. We must be both. “Seeing” the way the world could be is only part of the paradigm, we must also go out and ‘Just do It’.

I encourage you, before you decide to invest multiple thousands of dollars and countless hours on college, ask yourself, why? Why go to college? What is the goal after college? It’s not all about being happy, it is about living in your strengths with purpose for life. Then success will follow. Then making a difference in the world will follow. Then being fulfilled will follow.

If you’re reading this, if you can hear me… Let me know if I am wrong. How do you feel about this idea?

College Search: Finding and Choosing a College

“Choose your area of study:” When you see a service for finding a college, they often start with ‘help finding a college’, but then they ask the student to select the area of study they are interested in. Now I wonder… if I am planning for college, or life; how do I select an area of study if I don’t know what I want to do with my life?How can I select an area of study to find the right college for me if I do not know what I want to do with this degree?!

College is an important investment, and there certainly should be a certain amount of soul searching in order to “find yourself”, but knowing what you want out of life is often then key to success! And it isn’t about pleasing yourself and your own goals! Helen Keller said, “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Going into college should be a well thought out goal, a “worthy purpose”, and fidelity to that purpose, is what will bring about the greatest sense of accomplishment and self worth. It will be the winning formula for students, and society at large.

Finding the right college is about knowing where you’re going and what the expectations will be once you get there. I recommend using a private college counselor (primarily because I am one), but I also recommend finding and using as many resources as you possibly can to make the best decision you can for this “worthy purpose”.

Find this and more at: www.collegelifeplanning.com

Written by: Nathan Cornett

College Life:

College is about so much more than a degree on the wall, it is about discovering the world you live in, while sharpening your mind. So many people go to school and waste their experience on booze and drugs, or they ONLY study all the time. I might suggest that you need a mixture of social interaction and studying, but don’t waste your college life! Planning for college can be a tedious and frustrating experience, esspecially if you’re doing it all on your own; but in your frustration, don’t just settle. Statistics show that students who attend their first choice school are 63% more likely to graduate!

In short, getting what you want may be a good thingh for you. The question is, do you know what you want? Planning for college life means planning for your future, it means that while you can go to college to “find yourself”, you also must know yourself well enough to know what you want and to effectivly plan ahead for what you might want in your future.

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Privledged

In living in a country like America, we have unique opportunities that many other countries simply do not offer their people. Here, rich or poor, you can affect your destiny; you can change your circumstances! This is the profound reality of going to college or trade school. All I want to do is create opportunities for people, young and old, to live in their purpose and calling. Do what you love to do. The days of working in a job you hate for 25 years are over- the new dawn has come.

Read this article and ask yourself, what could you do with your life? How much more can you be in the world?

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Two years ago, I took a trip to India over summer break. I expected to experience new adventures and see famous sights. What I didn’t expect was to live in an underprivileged neighborhood in Southern India.

Nothing could prepare me to see how these people lived.

The people there lived in abject poverty. The homes were made of garbage, plastic and sticks. Every meal was filled with bugs and consisted of a handful of rice. There were no beds; we slept on the ant-infested floor. The children were uneducated and dirty. They bathed in a polluted lake nearby. The kids got up early and worked on chores all day. I didn’t know how these kids could possibly live knowing that their futures were right here in the same village.

One night, I saw all the kids going to an open field. I decided to tag along. The kids had been given a treasure some months ago from a visiting pastor, and it became their prized possession: a soccer ball.

Every night, they came together to forget about their problems and play. They were laughing, smiling and cheering. Gone were the weary, sad faces; they were in their own world now. Nothing in the world mattered except this game. It wasn’t about winning or losing; it was about getting away from the problems of poverty for an hour and being with a treasure that made them all feel rich.

As the slowly came to an end, the kids trudged back to their homes with smiles, prepared to go back to reality, but knowing that their treasure was waiting for them for the next night.

Becca Mathew, 16, is a student at Stevenson High School in Chicago. Becca won $100 for this article.

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