Your True Calling Comes from the Inside

Your True Calling Comes from the Inside

“The first time I walked on stage, I knew that was what I was created to do. I knew that there was a calling and a sense of purpose in my life that gave me fulfillment and a sense of destiny.” ~ T.D. Jakes

Your True Calling Comes from the Inside

Unless you’re a film buff , you may only have a nodding acquaintance with the Hedy Lamarr. The raven-haired beauty dominated the silver screen from the 1930s to the 1950s. Of the Austrian-born actress’s first American film, Algiers, one filmgoer said when she came on screen, “everyone gasped… Lamarr’s beauty literally took one’s breath away.” Fame and fortune based on her looks and acting talent followed Lamarr throughout her career, but she had a secret. Hedy Lamarr was a genius.

Of screen, Lamarr tinkered. She held no degree or formal training but invented a technology that improved the efficacy of traftic lights. Howard Hughes often consulted with her on aircraft designs. During World War Two, Lamarr developed a frequency-hopping signal generator for torpedoes that negated any signal-jamming efforts. Tis technology formed the basis for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-capable devices today.

There are two powerful lessons we can learn from Hedy Lamarr. The first is that she never accepted that she was “just a pretty actress.” The public recognized her for her films, but Hedy’s experiments were known only to a few. Hedy had a sense of self and mission that negated popular perceptions. Secondly, she used her “day job” to become a vehicle to dream and explore her penchant for technology. Even if we feel like our current career or position isn’t our passion, if we let those
circumstances kill our soul, we can never achieve the kernel of greatness inside of us. Had Hedy Lamarr resigned herself to just being an actress, the technological landscape of today might look much different.

Everyone has a calling—a God-given purpose for why they were created. For some, their vocation is their calling. I know some pastors, counselors, health care providers, and others who make their living fulfilling their calling. For others, their vocation supports their calling. I suspect Hedy Lamarr was among the latter.

Believe in what is inside of you and not what others perceive you as. Connect your vocation with your calling, and you can change the world. If you struggle to believe that, think about Hedy Lamarr, “just another pretty girl” who changed our world.

Consider this …

1. What is your calling—your God-given purpose for being placed on this Earth? If you don’t know, start spending the time required to discover your calling

2. How does your vocation relate to your calling? Are they synonymous? Or, does your vocation support your calling?

3. In what ways can you link what you do every day to the fulfillment of your calling?

 

For more, check out The Top Performer’s Field Guide, The Innovator’s Field Guide, or visit www.JeffStandridge.com.

(Originally published in The Innovator’s Field Guide)

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