Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Creating open doors

Church jargon can be so frustrating at times. The reason is simple. We seldom explain the jargon in simple practical and direct terms. Take the theology of "Open Doors". Thats a wonderful feel good theology, but how? How do I as a believer access this place where doors open?

I cannot tell you what will work for you, but I know what worked for me. Here is a summary of my process and how I went from zero opportunities, closed doors, and lack abounding, to where I now have several doors wide open, several offers of both employment and partnerships in my own ventures. 

Step 1- I changed my geography. (Obviously, I asked God, seeking His place for me and my family) and then I refined that search. I found the larger geography, then narrowed it down to a county and finally to a suburb and then a street. Focused in on the larger region first, then narrowed down to the smallest detail.

Step 2- I looked at what skills I had, and where those skills would take me. I was lacking in skills. My visions, dreams were of bigger stuff, but my skill set was not going to take me anywhere near that place. I began a process of searching for the career path that would meet my goals, financial, free time, and activities I enjoyed. Once I found the career path, I examined what skills I would require and started to study. All the while I was working a dead end job, studying non stop, taking exams and putting my resume out there. I also contacted people in the industry I wanted to be in and found out what skills they valued, and what worked and what failed.

Step 3- I kept on knocking on doors, researching and refining my search. Finally, I zoned in on the exact skill set, exact career path and exact company I wanted to partner with; not work for, but partner with. 

Today, I have had three telephone interviews, two in person interviews and am on my way to my third. The most exciting aspect - I have several open doors. Open wide doors, with substantial offers of financial support, mentorship and programs that will set me up for life. More importantly I will finally be able to leave an inheritance to my son. 

I hope this in some way encourages you in your search.
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