By: Michael Tatonetti
As a parent, we have strong aspirations for our children. We see all of the potential in them, we love them, we want the best for them. And Lord knows we don’t get a manual to raise them.
But what if there was an intentional roadmap to train up our children in the way they should go? In the uniqueness they were crafted with?
Well there is, and it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1. Find their Identity
Each child, actually each person (including you!) has a unique personality, gifts, talents and passionate focus. These four God-given components make up who we are internally and shape our output professionally. Think about it – have you ever found a role did not match your gifting? That there was a gap in your talents? That your heart wasn’t in the work as a passionate focus?
We all have, and that identity must be known to operate correctly in it.
2. Chase their Purpose
Once we know who we are, it’s time to get to work, to take action. But how do we run out of the gate and move towards the right target? We can all jump in the car and start driving, but if you don’t know the route you won’t arrive at your destination.
This is where discussions on values, exposure, and opportunities come in. Our children must know what they value in their career, they must be exposed to new people, places and things, and they must understand how to properly navigate opportunities that drop into their lap to quickly and wisely make decisions.
3. Do Meaningful Work
Finally, by finding their identity and chasing their purpose, your child can hit their target to Do Meaningful Work. Meaningful work is the work that matches who they are, their God-given identity, and the current work climate, so that they find peace and joy in their career and it fulfills its duty as a way of provision and purpose. Doing meaningful work means your child has satisfaction internally and makes an impact in the world.
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Michael Tatonetti is an author, speaker and educator on the topics of identity, purpose and meaningful work.
His career has spanned across higher education, teaching middle school, principal over early childhood through eighth grade, and overseeing global training and development for a professional association across 4 continents with Fortune 500 and multi-billion dollar companies. After years of helping others with their career and educational goals, he found his most fulfilling work in coaching and writing for those who needed to link their God-given identity with their purpose and meaningful work.
Michael resides in the northern suburbs of Atlanta with his wife and three daughters.