Discover the vocational calling God has for you--even as the rules are changing more than ever before in the brave new world of work.
Like most of her grad school classmates, Michaela O'Donnell Long expected her degree to launch her into work that would "change the world." Yet after graduation, she was doing data entry, eating copious amounts of boxed macaroni and cheese, and feeling as far from making a difference as one could be.
Michaela felt the limits then that you likely feel today: the truth is, you've been sent into a new world of work with old tools. With looming bills and her degrees gathering dust, she realized she had to leap into the unknown and discover her passion along the way rather than wait for passion to find her.
Whether by circumstances or by choice, many of us chart our own way forward in our careers. If we approach God's calling with too many expectations, we may miss the amazing opportunities right in front of us. In New Rules of Work, Michaela draws on her story of entrepreneurship, her experience as a Fuller seminary professor, and fascinating research about vocation to help us:
- Dismantle dysfunctional beliefs about calling
- Think like an entrepreneur
- Reframe risk-taking as a spiritual practice
- Make spiritual sense of the work season we're in
- Cultivate creativity, empathy, and resiliency for any vocation
Mastermind groups, start-up culture, and the gig economy are all manifestations of the changing world of work. But when we approach our vocation as a holy journey with God, we realize that the meaningful work he made us for stays true no matter what.
About the Author
Michaela O’Donnell Long is a practical theologian and entrepreneur. She is the senior director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary where she also teaches classes on leadership, practical theology, and calling. Additionally, Michaela is the cofounder of Long Winter Media, a creative agency that helps brands make social impact through multimedia content. Follow Michaela at michaelaodonnell.com.