I’m passionate about Stewardship!
Do you want to know why?
The reason why I’m so passionate about stewardship is because becoming a better steward is actually the secret to living a happy and fulfilling life!
I know what my life was prior to becoming a better steward and I see what my life is today. It’s like night and day.
There are so many people in the world today who are just miserable and unhappy.
In 2017, the Gallup Group posted an article entitled The World’s Broken Workplace. They found that only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged at their jobs.
What that means in layman’s terms is 85% of employees in the world today are unhappy at their jobs.
In the United States, it’s double that number. 30% of employees are engaged at their jobs.
However, that still means that 70% of US employees hate their jobs.
This was in 2017. You have got to imagine that in 2020 with so many jobs lost due to a global pandemic that the number is probably higher right?
For those who even have a job to hate with unemployment being so high!
Being highly dissatisfied at the job is a huge challenge that we have to deal with as a society.
The vast majority of people work for 8 hours a day at least 5 days a week.
That’s almost 1/3rd of your total day working and that doesn’t even count the time you spend commuting to and from work if you don’t work at home.
What does hating your job have to do with living a happy and fulfilling life?
A person hating their job is simply a symptom of a much deeper problem.
I believe that the problem is a lack of stewardship.
Stewardship is the ability to manage the resources that you have at your disposal.
There are 5 areas of stewardship. They are as follows:
1 – Stewardship over our time.
2 – Stewardship over our talents and skills.
3 – Stewardship over our finances.
4 – Stewardship over our health.
5 – Stewardship over our relationships.
When you see a person that hates their job, that is a person who has not exercised good stewardship over one or more of these areas of stewardship.
The most likely area that they have mismanaged is exercising stewardship over their talents and skills.
The reason being is because a job typically is a trade of your talents and skills and your time for the financial resources of your employer.
A job is simply a trade of your talent, skills and time for the financial resources of your employer.
People who are most happy at their jobs are people who enjoy what they do for a living.
People who enjoy what they do for a living are people who typically have the talent and the skill necessary to do good at the job that they work.
By better utilizing your talents and skills, you can position yourself to do more fulfilling work and find yourself happier in the process.
Take Matthew Coville for example.
Matt is the founder of a California based company called MCDM Productions. His company produces products that supplement Dungeons & Dragons, the most popular tabletop roleplaying game in the world.
Some of the products his company produces include supplement guides, videos, and even a ongoing D&D adventure campaign featuring Matt and his friends called The Chain of Acheron.
Since founding his company in 2017, the company has gone to do well over $3,000,000 in revenue.
Matt has literally taking a game that he has enjoyed and played as a kid and turned it until a multiple 7 figure company. He gets to do something he loves for a living and is paid extremely well from it.
Now most of us aren’t going to be like Matt. We’re not going to take something that we have spend countless hours a week for recreation and turn it into a million dollar company.
However, we can all work towards becoming a better steward of our talents and skills so that we can be happier with what we do for a living.
This past year, I took on a new position at my job in a role with increased responsibility from my previous role with no increase in pay.
Why would I do that?
I did it because I hated my previous role and the new role seemed a much more fulfilling role.
I turned out to be right and I’m so happy I made the switch.
If you hate your job, sometimes that might be all you need to do. Find a new role in the company that has a job opening and see if you can switch over to that role.
It might be a lateral move financially but so what? Why put a price tag on your happiness?
I’ve even seen people take a pay cut to take a position that they found more exciting and fulfilling and they have no regrets about it.
Sometimes you might have to make a more difficult decision. You may have to leave the company you work at to find a role that will make you happier.
Sometimes, you might have to leave your industry all together and get involved in a completely different industry.
We spend too much time during our days working for a living.
I would encourage you to find something that’s more enjoyable to make that time worthwhile.
Roosevelt Cooper – The10Talents.com
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