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Helping Students Flourish

I’ve had several conversations with students this fall about their “passions.” Most of them actually started as a conversation about their career, and the discussion went something like this:

Me: What do you want to do with your life?

Student: I plan to get a job, make my first million dollars by the time I am 35, then retire and go do something I really love.

Me: Hmmm. So, what I hear you saying is that you assume you won’t love your job?

Student: What do you mean?

Me: Well, if you found a job you really love, why would you want to retire so fast?

 Student: I never thought of it that way.

Very often, college graduates find it hard to imagine they can actually work in an area they’re passionate about—and want to work all their lives fulfilling a single mission. It seems narrow. Surely the economy has made that an impossibility. Or, maybe they’re fulfilling mom and dad’s dream for their life. Or, perhaps they don’t know anyone who actually loves the job they go to everyday.

We want to address that reality. At Growing Leaders, we have developed an on-line instrument, thanks to creator Steve Moore, which actually helps users reality-test their passions. It’s called: My Passion Profile. It provides a way to examine their top three passions and determine what their deepest passion really is.

It is part of a larger package called “Flourish—Living the Life You Were Meant to Live.” This package includes a launch event, a DVD series, workbooks for the students and “My Passion Profile.” Our goal is to help you help students discover where they belong in this world and serve their gifts up to the world. Click here to download a free chapter or give us a call if you’d like to talk about it: Chloe Lufkin – 678-384-4484.

What do you think? Can a job actually be a platform to pursue a passion?



  1. Brad on November 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm


    Very nice article.   I’ve asked teens before the purpose of education.  They usually tell me it’s for getting a job, making lots of money, having a nice house, and etc…  Isn’t any wonder why students think school is boring and not that important.  Passion and the true purpose of education is down.

    • Tim Elmore on November 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

      Good point! Unless students have an understanding of the greater purpose of education, it shouldn’t surprise us that they’re not engaged! The bigger picture goal of developing their potential must be revisited often and connected to the subject at hand.

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