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Tim Kolodziej

March 14, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: We can do better than ‘just livin’ the dream’


NEW CASTLE — “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  — Frederick Buechner

“Just livin’ the dream.”

What does “The Dream” mean to you anyway?

To answer that question, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when use that term?

Is it more money than you can count?

Is it sipping umbrella drinks on an island?

Is it a workplace that’s not filled with conflict, poor leadership and intense pressure to lift the bottom line?

Is it somewhere where you are appreciated for a job well done?

Or is it someplace where you can use your God-given gifts to make a difference in the world?

If your answer is the last one, I’ve got some bad news for all of you.

You’re in your “dream job” right now.

It’s only a nightmare because you’ve allowed it to be.

“Calling isn’t our job, it’s what we bring to our job.”  — David A. Shapiro

“Just livin’ the dream.”

I think that term is just a decoy for a lot of people.

Yes, a decoy.

You’re just embarrassed to admit that you actually like where you work and enjoy what you’re doing.

So, when prompted, you want others to THINK you haven’t settled. That you’re actually striving for something “higher,” whatever that is.

If your mind is wondering what others think of you when you mention your calling, then it’s really THEIR dream for you that you are chasing.

We’ve got to stop. Now.

Do you want to be an influencer? You can do it today — this second — from right where you are.

Doesn’t matter whether you drive a bus, sell sandwiches or clean toilets, it’s still YOU doing it. You, yes YOU, are the influencer, not your position.

In fact, you might have even MORE influence because you aren’t in a high profile spot. If you can unload trucks all day and still maintain a great attitude and your integrity, people will notice.

How many of you know “That Guy” or “That Lady” who lights up the school cafeteria ... or the convenience store ... or the toll booth?

Me too.

And they have influenced me much more than any TV star or pro athlete.

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