I had an interesting conversation with a colleague about my vocation recently. He was convinced that my joint degree in divinity and organizational leadership would lead me to be a pastor. I get this question all the time.
A common perception is that education should prepare you for a job. I could go into the history of why that is, but I’ll save it for another post. Few approach education as preparation for life. I do. Education teaches me how I already see life in this case from a Judeo-Christian worldview, an organizational development lens, and through the uncanny ability to draw out the best in other people and help them maximize their potential as they pursue future goals. Most importantly, it has caused me to question my assumptions about my life, career and business.
I have served in public leadership roles. And a few years ago, I gave it all up. To quote best-selling author Susan Scott, “it happened gradually… then…suddenly!” I divested from public leadership roles as it was necessary to figure out how I was uniquely designed to make a legacy impact.
So I pulled up stakes one by one. Then when the last stake was pulled, I had the freedom to pursue and receive the future that I really wanted. The future that I felt was designed just for me. Many people didn’t understand what I was doing. There were even times when I was one of those people! But over a period of 12 years, I slowly walked through the process of what I have come to call vision development.
So allow me to unveil the pinnacle of my graduate school experience:
The Vision Development Company
What was a new horizon in 2003, is where I humbly stand right now. And I want to let you know exactly where that is. At a place of greater service. A place of greater focus.
Serving in public leadership roles taught me that it takes many of the same skills to support leaders as it does to be a leader. I have found that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a solopreneur, business owner, church leader, team lead or a regular person with a big dream…if you’re at the helm…chances are you need support in achieving those big goals.
One of my highest goals is to provide support to leaders, business owners, pastors, entrepreneurs and people with a vision to be more fulfilled in personal and professional life. I have just completed a 20-month process to repurpose my business to do just that. If you would like support in achieving your future goals, it starts with a simple 30 minute conversation. Visit the personal vision portal at www.teaiiano.com for more information. I look forward to talking to you soon.
Thomas E. Anderson, II is a vision development coach who enjoys motivating and equipping individuals to pursue personal, professional and organizational goals that lead to a more fulfilling life.