Learning is a wonderful thing. One of the ways we often measure the significance of what we have just recently learned is through a comment that sounds something like, “Wow, I wish I had known that 5/10/15/20 years ago!”
For me, the past couple months have been a season of new discoveries, often christened with this same phrase. Since this recent education in the school of life is going to be impacting the content and direction of this site, I’d like to share a little of it with you, albeit in a very summarized fashion.
I have known for some time that God created work to be a good thing. However, I have only recently learned how deep a dichotomy exists between my sense of divinely influenced purpose and the work I do. I have been learning the truth of vocational calling.
Now, entire books exist on the subject and you can find good material simply by Googling for it. I will not take the time to go into detail here.
However, the consequence for me of not understanding vocational calling has been to have too broad a focus in the types of work I am willing to do. Further, it has led me to take on work that varies from completely unfulfilling to only mildly satisfactory. Truly, God has a better way.
In the last quarter of 2013, it was clear to me that it was time to seek outside help. I enlisted the career coaching services of Kent Julian who has several years’ experience in this type of work. He is a believer who devotes a part of his time to helping others discover their vocational calling.
Working with Kent, I have developed what is called a “vocational filter”. This is a short document that I now use to filter any new opportunities or business ideas. It gives me a quick and very accurate estimate of whether that opportunity is a good fit me or not.
One of the opportunities that has interested me for some time is that of working as an infopreneur. What the vocational filter has done is help me focus this interest area into a particular domain that is a much better fit for me than where my calebsg.com content and direction has been going.
While the next couple of years are going to represent the heavy lifting that is typical of starting any new business, I am very excited about this season of change. What I am especially excited about is the opportunity to involve my beloved wife, Verlynda, in this change.
We have chosen to start a new business and website that helps married couples to develop new ways of relating so that they can build thriving, passionate marriages. It is not time to unveil the new site and business yet, but we are hoping to publish a weekly podcast, offer marriage coaching, eBooks and courses that will serve to educate, empower and mobilize people to grow in their marriages by offering impactful, creative wisdom. The content will be based on an integration of empirically based research and our Christian worldview.
While we are going to be building this out on a new website, this site is going to look different. I am no longer going to be focussing on the subjects of leadership and productivity in general. The content posted here on calebsg.com will be more of a chronicle of our journey in building this new business. The primary focus will be the other site, but if you want to follow the business development process you are welcome to keep up with it by subscribing to this blog and following me on Twitter or on Facebook.
At this stage I am not going to guarantee any frequency of posting here at calebsg.com. It simply does not make sense to make a huge commitment to talking about the what or how of business development when what puts the bread on the table is the development itself! But, I can guarantee that I will be far more likely to post updates if I know that others are interested in the what and how of becoming an infopreneur.
Therefore, I invite your feedback. If there is little or no interest then neither your time nor mine will be wasted by developing new content here on calebsg.com. On the other hand, if this is something that you think will foster your own development and journey then I am happy to share.
Before I sign off for now, I do think this is a great time to shout out some thank you’s to those who have been a recent part of this journey:
- The first thank you goes to those who became my very first email subscribers and followers of this blog on RSS, Twitter, Facebook and so on! For anyone who has started a business like this, that is another way of saying, “Hey, thanks mom!”
- I would also like to thank Kent Julian (check him out at kentjulian.com) for his help in guiding us through this journey. It has given us a new sense of hope and purpose.
- Further thank you’s go out to some super resources for other Christians building lifestyle business through their vocational calling. Special mentions in this department go to Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) and Stu McLaren.
- Also a thanks to Matt Perman for his incredible book, just published, that has affirmed that all of our productivity is ultimately centered on the Gospel and the greatest of all commandments, to love our neighbor as ourselves. You can get his book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done on Amazon.
- And, last but absolutely not least: thank you, Verlynda, for joining me in this journey that has, so far, been fun, scary, fascinating and exciting all at once!
Soli Deo gloria.
ps. one final note: the look of this site will be changing. It may even “break” for a while. I am using a very specialized, licensed, theme for this blog that I need to move over to my new site to make the most of the opportunity. Thanks for your understanding.
pps: I’ll let you know about the new site when it’s ready!