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    Call of the Wild

    This morning during my early morning walk, I finished my 2nd book of 2019, Jack London’s Call of the Wild. (My first book of 2019 was The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell.)

    Call of the Wild is a classic book which I had never read before this year. The book tells the story of a dog named Buck who gets thrust into a whole new world – a wild world – when someone steals him from his comfy home and sells him to dog sled drivers.

    Without giving the whole story away, Buck quickly adapts to his new settings and eventually gains a leadership role over a pack of sled dogs. A the story continues, Buck actually comes to realize his calling – a calling to the wild.

    Recognizing our calling can sometimes be easy but more often takes time, energy, and even failure from time to time.

    Last month, I shared Brian Jones’ definition of calling:

    Calling = Area of Skill + Area of Passion + Area of Opportunity

    You could say that Buck had a passion for the wild. He developed the skill for the wild. And he was given the opportunity to go into the wild.

    What’s your calling?

    As we kick-off 2019, it’s a great time for you to consider your calling. It make take some time to figure it out. I challenge you to pursue it. Go after your finding your calling with all you’ve got. You don’t want to waste your life never finding your calling.

    If you need help figuring out your next steps, I’d love to help you. Spots for the next semester of the Stretched Men Group are open and will fill up quickly. Go to www.stretchedmengroup.com now, and sign up for more information (you are not committing to the group just yet).

    Don’t let 2019 be just another year. STRETCH yourself. Get outside your comfort zone. Take that next step.