Are You Doing What You Love?

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Believe it or not, this Saturday marks the 10 year anniversary of
Amazon.com.  In fact, they’re having a big celebration that you can
read about [here]
which includes a free live streaming concert of Norah Jones and Bob
Dylan as well as their all-time customer-favorite authors and
filmmakers. Starting at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 16–the 10th
anniversary of the day that Amazon.com first opened its virtual doors
for business–the concert will be streamed live on the Amazon.com
homepage.

In addition, there are links in this section to their favorite
authors—some of whom have recorded short video or audio
statements—including one by Marcus Buckingham.
In the short video segment that he records, Marcus states, as he often
does, a simple statement about working from our strengths.  Now, we all
know we’re supposed to work from our strengths.  In fact, most of us
have probably preached on numerous occasions, "Do what you love and
love what you do."   But rarely do we actually sit down and analyze if
we’re actually following that principle ourselves.

Now catch this.  In this short video segment, Marcus reveals that he
did a survey on how many people actually feel like they spend the
majority of their day doing work that they love.  He knew the number
wouldn’t be 70 or 80%, but he wasn’t prepared for the actual answer,
which was 17%.  Did you catch that?  Only 17% of us feel like we spend
the majority of our time doing what we love.  So much for "Do what you
love and love what you do!"

So how about you?  Are you spending the majority of your time doing
what you do best?  Dan Sullivan, in How the Best Get Better, talks
about four levels of competency.  The first level is what we’re not
competent at, the second level is what we’re competent at.  The third
level is what we’re excellent at.  And the fourth level is what we’re a
genius at.  The problem with most leaders, according to
Sullivan, is that they spend too much of their time doing what they’re
competent at and/or excellent at
.  But to go the next level,
they need to focus their time and energy on what they’re a genius at
(what only they can do).  Excellence is one level too short for
greatness.

So, what are you a genius at?  God has wired you for greatness.  So,
what are you great at?  Once you define that for yourself, focus on
it—and delegate everything else you possibly can (even if it takes you
years to divest yourself of all the things you’re now doing that you
shouldn’t be).  By definition, you cannot become great by doing more of what you’re good or excellent at.  You can only reach you highest God-given potential by focusing on what you are great at!

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