There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make a difference with a chosen profession. Just like Mary Oliver said, “I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” Whatever profession or work we have chosen in life, we must make a difference with it. Our profession must profess our impact in this world. It must make a difference for God and touch lives before we leave this world.
Edward Everett says, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” I believe there’s something you can do and that’s to make a difference through your profession. Here are seven ways to make a difference in your profession and it can work for you no matter the level you operate now.
1. Develop a Thirst to Know More. Yes. You need to develop an insatiable thirst to know more about your profession. You cannot make a difference in something you don’t have knowledge about. Those who make a difference in their professions are those who keep abreast of knowledge.
2. Develop a Strong Commitment. Sense of strong commitment to your profession is key to your outstanding success. Half commitment is no commitment at all. But total commitment will single you out for honour.
3. Develop a Burning Desire. It’s the burning desire for work that drives top performers in their professions. It’s making a difference in the world that prevents them from ever giving up when they are confronted with challenges. Without burning desire for what you do, work is reduced to burden and daily endless frustrations.
4. Develop Strong Conviction. It is not worth the effort if you are not convinced about the importance of your profession. Conviction about your work is your greatest motivation to give it all your best. It makes a difference.
5. Develop Dogged Persistence. Those who make a difference with their professions never quit when things get tough. They are always tenacious. They have stick-ability mindset. Persistence makes a difference in whatever profession that will make a difference anywhere.
6. Develop Dedication to Ethical Principles. Andy Andrew once said, “Everybody wants to make a difference, but nobody wants to be different. And you simply cannot have one without the other.” The point here is: To make a difference, be different. You can read my post on why you deserved to be honoured where you work.
7. Develop Art of Innovation. Be creative with what you do. Max McKeown said, “If there are no new ideas, there is no innovation. And if there is no creativity, there are no new ideas.” Ask God to give you new ideas and inspirations that can make your work to stand out. Innovation is about making new ideas useful to people through your profession.
Remember you can make a difference with your profession by developing:
1. Thirst to Know More
2. Strong Commitment
3. Burning Desire
4. Strong Conviction
5. Dogged Persistence
6. Dedication to Ethical Principles
7. Art of Innovation
But this is my final thought as you develop these seven qualities. Let your profession be approved by God. Let it be a kind of profession which its legacy will continue to bless lives long after you are gone. And if this will happen, your profession must pass the test of eternal value.