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 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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Vision requires action. Without vision there is little purpose to working, or getting married, or going to school. College is a time to dream, and dreams are all most people live in these days. I know I spent a number of years living in my dreams with little to no action on my part which left me without purpose and without anything to show for it. So in my life I am making a new direction; I am building a future for myself that is based in vision AND action.
I want to be clear: I want to build a business, and I want to make money, but primarily I want to advise current and future college students how to make decisions and choices that will lead to a bright future and living in the purpose they were born for. What were you born for? What were you called to? Do you even know? How can you make a valid decision on where to go to school or what major to choose if you can’t answer those questions?
Easily, and I can show you how.
Last year in December I went to Louisiana to spend Christmas with my grandparents and I had a profound experience there. I felt that God laid out 2 distinct goals for 2009 that I have been trying to learn: 1) Patience and 2) Discipline. What I have learned is that I will actually not be able to “master” these concepts this year, but in fact it would take the rest of my life. These are themes for the rest of my life. So now it is coming time to set some new goals for 2010; rather, it is time for God to reveal some new goals for my life for 2010.
- Grow in my walk with God, deeper than ever before.
- Grow in my understanding of God’s call on my life, and our life.
- Have fun with my new wife and learn how to be one flesh with her.
- Start my own business.
- Pay off as much debt as humanly possible.
- Learn to trust the Lord more than ever before.
Part of what I want to do is to help bridge the social gap between college and the rest of life. Paying for college, choosing major, deciding upon a career… These are life altering decisions that can have life long effects and consequences; both positive and potentially negative.