In my previous post, Clues to Your Calling, I referred to an article, The Call, written by Rabbi Sacks in which he shared the four characteristics to discovering your calling.
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I often had questions. How do I differentiate between what I am good at, what I do, and what I am called to do?
That was a hard question for me to answer. I love stories and in his talk, Rabbi Sacks told shared a personal revelation which resonated with me. He said –
“I have known great judges who were also brilliant pianists.
Wittgenstein trained as an aeronautical engineer but eventually dedicated his life to philosophy.
Ronald Heifetz qualified as a doctor and a musician but instead became the founder of the School of Public Leadership at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
We can be good at many things, but what gives a life direction and meaning is a sense of mission, of something we are called on to do.”
And what is the real test for a calling?
“The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves” ~ Logan Pearsall
All real achievement requires back-breaking preparation. The most common estimate is 10,000 hours of deep practice.
Are you willing to pay this price?
~ Rabbi Sacks
Keep it 100
One love, One Spirit
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Call (Vayikra 5778), Rabbisacks.org