I remember when Nick Vujicic was asked about what he wanted to be or was going to do when he grew up. The answer he gave was interesting. He told his story, during one of his motivational speaking seminars, leading up to the moment he recalled his feelings when his parents confronted him with that question. After a few short and long but slightly brief pauses, he decides to stir up the courage, with everything deep inside him, and give the answer, “I’m going to be a speaker!”
For those of you wondering who Nick is, here he is:
Now the reason I mentioned that portion of his life is because of the next question he was asked, “Oh really? What are you going to speak about?” The hunger for clarity, quest for knowledge, desire for closure and comfort of familiarity is something that we as humans live on earth by or as. Spontaneity is very much short-lived, in that, it offers temporary pleasure. It is a spur of the moment thing, so to speak. To leave a simple and straightforward answer like, “I am going to be an artist, a salesman, lawyer, businessman or doctor,” among others, is to leave a blank canvas in the mind of the one who asked the question. Even if half the picture is painted, they still cannot see the full image. They want to see what the end will look like before you get there.
As I have mentioned a few times in previous posts, to me life is a movie, in that it is a story we live and the pages written are the choices we make both directly and indirectly. The chapters (or pinch points/inciting incidents) are the consequences of your choices or the experiences you have whether you had control over them or not. The key thing in those moments is all about what you will resolve to do with what happens to you.
The chapters/pinch points can also be interpreted according to your age or the current year that we are in. I will be 27 next year during the time of this post which means the next chapter for me is 27, or it can be 14 if I chose to use the year. I am going to make the most of everything that I can. The relationships I have made this year, the lessons I have learned both from my own mistakes and other people’s too, and the journey that God is taking me through. I am thrilled and nervous. I hope your story at this point, is at least how you like it to be.
If not, what are you going to do about it?
How are you going to be better at what you already are?
Every book for me is a chapter in the long book which will finally be closed on the day of my death- Peter Ackroyd
“You may either discover something amazing or not succeed in any way, regardless, the only way to know is to try.”
You need to write because:
1) You have something to say, whether you know it or not.
2) You may change someone’s life, even your own.
3) You will almost undoubtedly and inevitably learn something new.
4) You make yourself available for God to use.
5) You could grab the attention of a prominent person that could help you in the future.
6) You might say something you feel is shallow but turn out to be really deep.
7) You will surprise yourself and every now and then, amaze others in and out of your sphere of influence, and that will make you feel good.
8) It is a lot of fun, even or especially when it is hard.
9) You bring out the creative you.
10) It has therapeutic effects.
11) You will have proof that you actually learned something in life.
12) Experiences, lessons learned, relationships and adventures taken can be remembered.
13) You will either enjoy it or learn to with more and more practice.
Words, in and of themselves, do not really have any value except when measured by the one who uses them (Tweet that). More often than not it is the little things in life that are regarded least but yet hold the most significance. Choosing to do a chore for someone for no apparent reason or ulterior motive, other than just lend a helping hand, is a small task that has a huge influence. I love what Jesus says here:
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]
I recently learned that in order to change a person’s behaviour you first need to change their beliefs. They only behave in a way that they believe (perceive to be morally appropriate) is right, however, if the action is ethically wrong then helping them change their understanding and view of their action as a whole, not merely discouraging the act itself, but the implications it has both on themselves and someone else-especially directly and indirectly-makes a colossal difference. You change their whole world. That really means something.
Now as far as you are concerned, if there is anything you want to change about yourself, you may have to ask what belief you have that you are not willing to let go of. Jesus commands us to preach the Gospel to every creature on the face of this earth. I love the way the idea of preaching the Gospel is put in this quote:
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” – Francis of Assisi
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.- Jesus Christ (the Messiah) (Matthew 5:16)
In the end when you look in the mirror or stand at the foot of a lake, river or pond, especially at either sunrise or sunset and you look down, what do you see?
What have you done differently today that you did not do a week ago?
How many people can confirm that you are not the same person (emotionally, mentally, physically, ethically, morally and spiritually) that you were a year ago?
I love Passion for Christ Ministries (P4CM) for what it offers to the NOW Generation. So much talent with speakers that relate to the young generation and speak truth in a language that they can truly understand and relate to. This video that I am posting is a spoken word by Jefferson Bethke that really addressed the issue of how modern day Counterfeit Gods (aka Idolatry) affect our relationship with God in a truthful poetic way.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine mentioned something extremely important. At the time it was something he said in passing as part of normal conversation. I don’t really think he has an idea how profound what he said is. Some time ago I had also written about ways to discover your future for those moments you are uncertain about it, or know it and believed in it up to a certain point and started getting doubtful, or simply didn’t know what it is at all. If you haven’t read it, it may be a good idea to start with that and continue to here. Not because this a sequel to it or anything but it is more so, for the purpose of getting a good wholesome perspective on one’s future and destiny.
That in essence is what this post will be covering. I have looked into more of what my friend said and came up with these easy-to-understand principles that I believe everyone should either know or at least have a good idea about.
The 3 Keys
1) Your destiny is designed by God.
He says here:
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
The truth of the matter is God is our Creator and Designer. Every aspect of not only our being but also our life was created by Him, therefore, the only One wo would know about all that has to do with us is Him. Now you may say, “Yeah but I have some friends who are skilled in sports and continued that into their career,” or “I know some people who are millionaires or at least live a substantially comfortable life with what they have and a re not even Christians,” great points. Well here is the real factor behind all their success:
But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
In essence what happens is their success hinges on their application of biblical principles. A few ones like:
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.
Give a portion to seven, yes, even [divide it] to eight, for you know not what evil may come upon the earth.
Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.
Which focuses on diversifying or having two or more vehicles of investing such as real estate and stocks for the purpose of having multiple streams of income. The second passage is about the value of time and how that can play a very important factor in generating a lot of income when you save and invest (notice it does not make a distinction between the two because the principle is the same). The more patient you are the greater the returns. It is like a time-to percentage growth ratio. The amount you earn is directly proportionate to the time you are willing to wait for it grow. Integrity is an important side of this too. The interesting thing is an aspect of faith like a mustard seed plays a part in this too. In a future post I will go deeper into this.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
That is a word for business owners, whether small or big businesses. The principle is the same. Do not exploit your employees or deal dishonestly (such as stealing from the business, although that’s something more an employee would do) with the money but divide it to strengthen every facet of the business.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Referring mostly to those who excel in sports, arts and crafts and other domains containing and requiring exceptional skill to do as a profession. For those who are not Christians that wonderful gift they have is something given to them by our loving Father. They simply have not come to that realization yet.
2) Your destiny is linked to God
Meaning that the pleasure and joy you get out of fulfilling the place you believe you were born to be, is something that is connected to the goodness of God. I like to think that some times unbelievers who are in the position where they excel in their domain may have a void on the inside concerning the source of their knowledge, the privilege of their experience and accomplishments.They may not have it all the time but it may come from time to time. The one evidence of this could be when they see people less fortunate than themselves being happier with little the have than they (the more wealthy) are with the plenty they have. Just something to think about.
3) Your destiny is designed to please God
At the end of the end of the day that is all it comes down to. In essence, is it not the reason for our existence? The meaning of life? Thinking about the creation around us, the gifts we possess, the families we create, the friends we have, those times when someone comes just at the (precise) moment you needed them. The thing that makes it even more worthwhile is when it is stranger. Even better when a stranger tells you their story and you glean something from it that you know can change your life completely or at least in some small way. When the person you hate the most does something that is of significant value to you when you least expect it, especially when you believed they were the person least likely to do it.
Small things like these are just a taste of all the reasons why we should acknowledge, thank and praise God! These things can happen in the area of our domain. Whether that’s work, ministry, jobs as big as founder and CEO of international business or as small as babysitting, nothing is too big or too small for Him to be pleased with. For Him it is all about faith and the heart. Think about this quote by Hans Urs von Balthasar:
What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God
1 Corinthians 10:31
So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.
Comfort Zones- The Disabler Of Destiny by Sherline
Destiny Is Determined By Choice by Have A Dream
3 Lessons From King David About Destiny by Kingspeech
Do You Deserve Your Tomorrow? by Ain’t I JI
1) John (Jack) Bogle- master of mutual fund investing. Introduced the first index fund . He says:
“Time is your friend; impulse is your enemy.”
“When reward is at its pinnacle, risk is near at hand.”
2) Warren Buffet- master of stocks and business investing (by buying companies through Berkshire Hathaway). He says:
“Shares are not mere pieces of paper. They represent part ownership of a business. So, when contemplating an investment, think like a prospective owner.”
“Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy. Profit from folly rather than participate in it.”
3) David Dreman is a contrarian investor. Great example of what it means to go against status quo. He says:
“Psychology is probably the most important factor in the market – and one that is least understood.”
“If you have good stocks and you really know them, you’ll make money if you’re patient over three years or more.”
4) Philip A Fisher, most influential investor of all time. Advised chief executives and had a career that spanned 70 years. Master of stock investing. He says:
“I don’t want a lot of good investments; I want a few outstanding ones.”
“I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his “Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits”. When I met him, I was impressed by the man and his ideas.
A thorough understanding of a business, by using Phil’s techniques … enables one to make intelligent investment commitments.” (Warren Buffett)
5) Benjamin Graham amongst many other things was the master of value investing. He was basically an investing analyst which made him an investing
manager and financial educator. He says:
“Even the intelligent investor is likely to need considerable willpower to keep from following the crowd.”
“To achieve satisfactory investment results is easier than most people realize; to achieve superior results is harder than it looks.”
6) Bill Gross master of bond investing, was called “king of bonds.” He is the world’s leading bond fund manager. He says:
“Finding the best person or the best organization to invest your money is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make.”
“Do you really like a particular stock? Put 10% or so of your portfolio on it. Make the idea count … Good [investment] ideas should not be diversified away into meaningless oblivion.”
7) Carl Ichan master of stock investing. A catchphrase by Wall Street being “The Ichan Lift” meant that stocks rose when Ichan bought them from companies he believed was run poorly.
“I make money. Nothing wrong with that. That’s what I want to do. That’s what I’m here to do. That’s what I enjoy.”
“When most investors, including the pros, all agree on something, they’re usually wrong.”
8) Jesse L Livermore, a self-made stock trader. Famous for making and losing several multimillion dollar fortunes. He says:
“The average man doesn’t wish to be told that it is a bull or a bear market. What he desires is to be told specifically which particular stock to buy or sell. He wants to get something for nothing. He does not wish to work. He doesn’t even wish to have to think.”
“When it comes to selling stocks, it is plain that nobody can sell unless somebody wants those stocks. If you operate on a large scale, you will have to bear that in mind all the time.”
9) Peter Lynch, master of stock investing. Nicknamed “chameleon” for adapting to whatever investing style worked at the time. He says:
“Investing without research is like playing stud poker and never looking at the cards.”
“If you spend more than 13 minutes analyzing economic and market forecasts, you’ve wasted 10 minutes.”
10) Bill Miller, master of value investing. He was a portfolio manager at a company whose funds grew from $750 million in 1950 to $20 billion in 2006 under
his management. He had an interestingly different view of value investing. He says:
“I often remind our analysts that 100% of the information you have about a company represents the past, and 100% of a stock’s valuation depends on the future.”
“What we try to do is take advantage of errors others make, usually because they are too short-term oriented, or they react to dramatic events, or they overestimate the impact of events, and so on.”
11) John Neff was a portfolio manager who preferred to buy on bad news after a stock had taken a substantial plunge and to take “indirect paths” to buying in to popular industries.
He was considered a professional’s professional because many fund managers entrusted their money to him with the belief that it would be in safe hands. He says:
“It’s not always easy to do what’s not popular, but that’s where you make your money.
Buy stocks that look bad to less careful investors and hang on until their real value is recognized.”
12) William J O’Niel was a top performing stock broker and inventor of the growth stock investing strategy. In short he seeks out only those growth
stocks that have the greatest potential for swift price rises from the moment they are purchased.
13) Julian Robertson, said to have the best hedge fund throughout the 80s and 90s. His hedge fund Tiger Management became the world’s largest fund. He was a macro trader, and often rode worldwide trends. He says:
“Our mandate is to find the 200 best companies in the world and invest in them, and find the 200 worst companies in the world and go short on them. If the 200 best don’t do better than the 200 worst, you should probably be in another business.”
“Hear a [stock] story, analyze and buy aggressively if it feels right.”
14) Thomas Rowe Price Jr was called, “the father of growth investing,” who pioneered the methodology of growth investing by focusing on well-managed companies in fertile fields whose earnings and dividends were expected to grow faster than inflation and the overall economy. He says:
“No one can see ahead three years, let alone five or ten. Competition, new inventions – all kinds of things – can change the situation in twelve months.”
“It is better to be early than too late in recognizing the passing of one era, the waning of old investment favorites and the advent of a new era affording new opportunities for the investor.”
“Most leading brokers cannot spare the time and money to research smaller stocks. You are therefore more likely to find a bargain in this relatively under-exploited area of the stock market.”
“You get out of an investment what you put into it, so the first decision you have to make is how much time you are prepared to devote to the initial task of acquiring a basic knowledge of investment.
17) Michael Steinhardt was a stock trader whose focus was on emphasizing macro asset allocation type moves from which he harvested his gains.
18) John Templeton a great contrarian investor who believed that the best bargains were in stocks that were completely neglected – those that other investors were not even studying. He says:
If you read each of the quotes carefully you’ll notice three core things about investing:
b) The market cannot be predicted.
c) Knowledge of your investment is more important than any investment you make.
that it’s the investor that’s risky not the investment because without research you’re going in blind, no matter how good the investment
looks or sounds.
I sure learned a great deal from all of them. The brief introduction about each of them was intentional because the point was
to allow you to get an idea of who made the quote. I know some have slightly longer ones (introduction) than others but that’s because two or
more investors would have had the same investing style, so the idea would be to differentiate the methodology, not to make one
appear more important than the other. We should learn about the different types of investments and decide which one we’ll focus on
more than the others.
Give a portion to seven, yes, even [divide it] to eight, for you know not what evil may come upon the earth.
Invest in stocks, commodities, real estate or businesses. Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket! Your portion
is your investment capital.
2) Know your investment
Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.
It’s actually simple, avoid investments you don’t understand.
3) Carefully watch your investments
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds;
For riches are not forever; does a crown endure to all generations?
This is not about tracking your investments, it’s about knowing the state of your investment. We are merely stewards
of what is the Lord’s anyways. The key thing to understand is cash flow. Where does the money go once you invest it?
How can you grow an investment when you don’t know where it’s going?
In the same way the world needs more filmakers who are also Christians, the world needs more investors who are also Christians.
Here is my personal quote: Investing, more than anything else, is a character and knowledge subject.
Making Things Clear
This is not a post about anything spiritual such as any form of divination or numerology, horoscopes, palm reading, fortune telling, crystal ball reading or any such thing. It is more for those who neither know what their future holds (in terms of what they want to do or their vision for it), are confused about it or often have seasons where their desires seem to change. I have been there numerous times. I remember finishing high school with completely no idea what I wanted to do. That was quite a serious problem because my dad was the kind of person who needed you to be clear and focused about your future to the point where you had to have a decent plan as to how you would carry it out. Basically the only effort he wanted was to pay for it.
That caused several problems for me, the biggest one being fear. Motivated by that feeling I would then list plenty of occupations like doctor, journalist, pilot and so on. This would go on for a straight 6 months until I finally decided that Bible school was best since he though well of me in that area. After finishing that, I was a basic recording artist and continued for some years before being involved in the video production and film industry where I did music videos first amongst many others.
It was all a process though. I had to think about what I wanted and how to make the most of what I had where I was. That leads me to the first point:
1) Sit in very quiet spot and take time to think about what you love to do.
This process requires patience. It does take time. Whether it takes you a few days, weeks or months, it will be more than worth it! Everything else you do, that is the goals you set-short, medium and long term-will be nothing more than steps that will take you closer to your dream.
2) Use your talent.
If you don’t know or are not sure what it is read the post 10 ways on how to discover your talents part 1. At the end of that post you can get a chance to find out more ways to discover your talents in case part 1 is not enough. You can always make a little money on the side with it or kick off a small business or anything like that with your talent. Whether that’s art to sell and display in museums; different fruits and vegetables to grow and sell (a thing like that can be learned even if economics is not your style or speciality); food to make and sell, demos and mix tapes to record and sell, it all starts small.
3) The peace of God.
This is the one of the simplest and yet most significant way (I believe) that God leads us. How do you feel when you think about banking and finance management? Are you at peace or not? When you talk to your friends and family about doing law, music, filmmaking, practicing medicine, science, the arts, teaching, ministry, being a missionary, store clerk, pilot or anything else, are you at peace? Ask yourself that question.
For while your loyalty and obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you well versed and wise as to what is good and innocent and guileless (innocent) as to what is evil.
And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with you
And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison (defend) and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).
4) The process of elimination. How good you are at determining your final answer for your vision, goal, passion and desire depends on you (in that it depends on how much of an idea you have for what you want to do). That will determine how long it takes you to list as many of the thing you don’t want to do as possible.
5) Link different activities.
For example I got into doing music through being a recording artist which then opened the door for me to do video production, of which music videos is what I wanted to do but expanded my skills and thought-process to focusing on more than just that. Plus I get to do sound a lot as well, which is fun. You might like reading so writing could be an option even if you’re not good at it. If you enjoy being with people then psychology and psychiatry might be decent choices, or be a consultant coach, counselor and so on. Drawing and designing go together too. Sketching scenery, landscapes with detailed characters and items in the picture will get you on board for being a storyboard artist or illustrator for a movie, music video, documentary and pretty much any kind of video production. If you are good at technical graphics then architecture or graphic designing could be your thing. Sketch artist for police art or forensic artist for the medical police department is another alternative.
6) Ask around.
What kind of job do you see me doing? What kind of occupation does someone like me have the knack for doing? Obviously you have to ask people you trust more often than your average joe, although they are worth considering every now and then. It’s called keeping your options open. Read the post 12 Key Factors About Desire
Try doing a lot of stuff that you find fascinating. If you enjoy mountain climbing and the outdoors then signing up for conservationism and safari tour guide may be worth your while. It’s all about surprising yourself. You really don’t have the luxury of being picky!
8) Work your way back
Imagine yourself being someone along the lines of stuff you are good at. If you are good at sport, then imagine yourself playing on a professional level and what your life is like. Everything you’re doing. The training. The people you’re meeting. The schedule you have to go through. The success and possible failure and consequence you face. See what kind of spark that lights up in you. If it is even remotely big, go for it!
NB: That was just an example. Use it in the same way with business, media, commerce, church, science and so on. Whatever department you are currently in or are thinking of doing, do this.
Read books and ask questions. Find out how other people got to discover their purpose or passion and ask them to help you on your journey. Read my other post called The plan of action for your dream: writing it down.
I would love to honour and thank my good friend Rolain of King Speech. He writes heartfelt, inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking pieces. In addition to taking you on the journey of discovery and understanding your identity, you also learn more about the lessons he learns from the Lord and they have impacted his life. I trust you would really enjoy his blog.
Rules for receiving the award.
1.Display the award logo on your blog
2.Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.State 7 things about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 bloggers of the Nomination and award requirements.
5.Notify the bloggers of the nominations and award requirements.
7 things to know about me.
1) I enjoy doing sound on any video set
2) I am an introvert that sometimes does most of the talking
3) I’ve recently started writing short film scripts
4) I’ve learned how to eat spaghetti with a fork and spoon
5) Ever since completing film school last year I can’t help but analyze the movies I see. Instead focusing on the story, I pay a lot of attention to the shots, their angles, movements, lighting, directing, sometimes the writing with regards to the dialogue and the set design.
6) I enjoy meeting people from different parts of the world
7) I still get problems with people who can’t grasp the fact that I’m a Zimbabwean with an American accent
The honorable nominees
1) Retcon poet
2) The Small Small Trailer
3) Commit To Confidence
4) Deimante’s Blog
5) Motivation To Get Healthy
6) Cloud Lounge
7) Be Bold Or Italic Never Regular
8) A Real Surrealist
9) Randy Knows
10) Improvised Life
11) Elizabeth W Marshall
12) Cerebration Ministries
13) Stories My Suitcase Could Tell
14) Out Of Focus
15) Megan Stephenson