Finding your vocation – three questions to ask

What should I be doing? That is a question that many young people are asking. Interestingly enough, it is also a question often asked by middle-aged, and older, people. What should we be doing with our lives vocationally?

This is an important question and there has been much written on the subject. Over the last few days, I have been reading The Idea Hunter. It is a 2011 copyright, but I discovered it last week as I started doing some research for a client and, for me, it is an excellent book.

Within the book, the authors quote Michael Himes who gives three good questions to ask yourself regarding your vocation:

“1. Is this a source of joy?

2. Is this something that taps into your talents and gifts – engages all of your abilities – and uses them to the fullest way possible?

3. Is this role a genuine service to the people around you, to society at large?”

Michael Himes as quoted in “The Idea Hunter”

Good questions. The authors go on to quote Michael Himes’ “pithier version” of these three questions:

“1. Do you get a kick out of it?

2. Are you any good at it?

3. Does anyone want you to do it?”

Michael Himes as quoted in “The Idea Hunter”

So, as I mentioned before, there has been much written on this subject and these three questions are not the “solution”, but they do help you to get a bit closer to answering the question about what you should be doing vocationally.

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