“I’d tell men and women in their mid-twenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt.”
― Phil Knight, Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE
I enjoyed listening to this Audible book. What a struggle Phil Knight went through before he made it. The ups and down to build NIKE!! But he never gave up. He never gave in. Since he knew his calling the fatigue was easier to bear for him, the disappointments only fueled him, and the highs have been like nothing else for him.
I have always struggled with the idea of basically forcing young people out of high school to choose a MAJOR or a profession. I had NO IDEA what I wanted to do. I knew a few things though. I knew I liked sports/athletics. I knew I liked teaching/coaching. I knew I liked sociology/psychology. But I had NO IDEA what job that meant or what career/major to choose. According to Phil Knight, I should have simply chased my calling. I felt pressure and felt that I needed to know or I was a failure. 7 years after I quit College I found CrossFit. A year later, I was hooked and now 10 years later I am still following my calling. And I think he was absolutely right! Chasing your calling makes it all worth it.