Over the years I’ve seen many smart and talented women (and men for that matter) “burn out” of their professional careers. They leave their jobs not because they feel called to something else, but because they are tired and fed up. A job that once seemed exciting has become an uninspiring chore. It always saddens me to see it happen, especially since I know that most “burnt out” careers could have been saved.
Does your career have staying power? If you want to build a career that can last, start now. It is never too early, nor too late. Here are some key principles to help you build a healthy and enjoyable career.
1. Center your career on faith. No matter what you accomplish at work, no matter how smart or capable or eager you are, no matter how loving your husband or well-behaved your kids are, the world you and I live in is broken. You will, as I have, experience betrayal and disappointment, embarrassment and failure. Your salary and job title can’t offer you much in those instances, but faith will sustain you and guide you if you let it. That means making your relationship with God a real priority. Let faith permeate your life, and build your career from there.
You won’t find this in any business school text books, but for me, it’s number one. You need faith first, because the rewards and accolades and benefits that come from work alone cannot sustain you. God’s calling is the purpose and the inspiration that will never fade.1