The Person Called You: Why You're Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life

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"I can't stand my job anymore."
"I feel like I have no direction."
"What should I do with my life?"

Sound familiar? If so, you're not alone. Barna Group finds that 75% of Americans are seeking ways to live more meaningful lives. And among practicing Christians, only 40% have a clear sense of their calling.

But there is a way to find and follow your purpose.

For over twenty years, Bill Hendricks has been helping people of all ages and stages ...

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Overview

"I can't stand my job anymore."
"I feel like I have no direction."
"What should I do with my life?"

Sound familiar? If so, you're not alone. Barna Group finds that 75% of Americans are seeking ways to live more meaningful lives. And among practicing Christians, only 40% have a clear sense of their calling.

But there is a way to find and follow your purpose.

For over twenty years, Bill Hendricks has been helping people of all ages and stages find meaning and direction for their work and for their lives. The key is harnessing the power of human giftedness. Every person has their own unique giftedness-including you! And the best way to discover it is not through a test or gift assessment exercise, but from your own life story. Through this book, find out what you were born to do and the profound difference that insight makes for every area-your work, your relationships, even your spirituality.

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Endorsements for The Person Called YOU

 Brad Lomenick

Author, The Catalyst Leader; Strategic Advisor, Past President, and Key Visionary for Catalyst

I've experienced firsthand the work of Bill Hendricks. His giftedness assessment and life coaching was instrumental for me in discovering and clarifying my calling in my early 20s, during the first quarter of my career. We're all wired uniquely, and discovering our purpose in life is one of the most important questions we can ask. Bill helps you practically answer that question with The Person Called You. I highly recommend this book!

  

Bob Buford

Author, Halftime and Drucker & Me; Founder, Leadership Network and Halftime, The Organization

In today's world, we live our life in seasons. It is one of the paradoxes of success that the things which worked so well in the last season are seldom the things and behaviors that keep you going in the next. Bill Hendricks has spent a lifetime helping people answer three questions: (1) who am I now? (2) where do I fit now? and (3) what do I contribute in the next season of my life? He has developed the tools and wisdom required. He is the master of his craft. . .ushering you into the next season of life's journey.

  

Randy Frazee

Senior Minister, Oak Hills Church, and Author, Making Room for Life

I worked side by side with Bill Hendricks thirty years ago. Even then his laser focus was on helping people discover their unique design and employ it into daily life for maximum impact and personal satisfaction. The Person Called You is the culmination of his best thinking over these last three decades. Reading and applying the message of this book will give you insight into what God had in mind when he created you and blow wind at your back.

  

Reggie McNeal

Author,A Work of Heart; Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network

Finally, somebody who "gets" it-it IS all about you! You are the only YOU we've got. And if you don't become YOU we're going to miss YOU! Bill Hendricks will help you avoid this tragedy. In this insightful volume, Bill uses his own giftedness to help you discover yours. Now, it's up to YOU!

Peggy Wehmeyer 

Former Correspondent, ABC News

A valuable, easy-to-understand guide for discovering what in the world you were made for. Bill Hendricks' insight into giftedness has helped me navigate my own life's direction.

Bob Shank

Founder/CEO, The Master's Program

The scene of Moses at the burning bush is iconic: two great discoveries were made at that unmarked spot in the wilderness. He found out who God is. And he discovered who he was. Decades of church involvement-and, thousands of good sermons-have helped me know God better, but left me with scant certainty about who I am, and what that means in focusing my life. Bill Hendricks is speaking for the God of the Bush to anyone who slows down to ponder the power found in The Person Called You. He is among the few who both know God intimately, and have the capability to help others know themselves! 

  

Dr. Gary Cook

President, Dallas Baptist University 

Written in a very personal and warm style, and filled with numerous practical lessons from history, the Bible, and years of experience with clients, Bill Hendricks has written a balanced and thoughtful book on how to discover our unique giftedness and put it to work in meaningful and fulfilling service to God and others. How and when we use that giftedness requires some flexibility and patience, as Hendricks reminds us, and he shows us the importance of respecting the giftedness of others.

  

Andy Mills

Entrepreneur and Former CEO, Thompson Financial and Professional Publishing Group; Vice-Chair, Theology of Work Project; Chairman of the Board and Interim President, King's College, New York; Co-founder, The Mango Fund

Many people have no meaningful vision for their work. What sort of work should they be doing? What is work all about? Bill Hendricks offers some profound insights into these core questions through this timely book. He's done a real service in showing us how intimately God is involved in who we are and the work we do. Bill shows us that through our "giftedness" God has provided us with an amazing, objective basis for finding purpose, and direction in meaningful callings. If you're trying to figure out which way to go in your life and career, I strongly encourage you to read Bill's book. His message on giftedness is truly life-changing.

  

Dr. Brad Smith

President, Bakke Graduate University

This book is a confidence-builder, not in a hyped-up way, but with solid, practical grounding in a way that will last and grow long after you finish the book. Read The Person Called You to become more comfortable in your own skin, and more understanding of others.

  

Dr. Darrell Bock

Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center; Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas, Theological Seminary

The Person Called You is a gift of a book about giftedness. It is for people everywhere. Want to explore what makes you unique and what can drive you in life? What causes giftedness to thrive or fail? How should you think about your gifts and fit at work? How do you fit with others in your life? What about the dark side of knowing your gift? Or Who really owns the gift that is seemingly yours? Then this book will help you discover what can make you an even better YOU for the Father who created you and made you the way you are.

  

Todd Rhoades

Monday Morning Insight; Director of New Media & Technology Initiatives, Leadership Network

Defining your own giftedness is many times difficult. Bill Hendricks' insight and step-by-step guide to discovering your giftedness will help you in any area of life-personal, academic, family, ministry, business-to determine how to find your distinctive gifts and purpose, and then how to leverage them to become the best you can be. If you're looking for clarity and purpose, this is the book to read.

  

Dr. David Fletcher

Founder & Host, XPastor

In an eminently readable and provocative work, Bill Hendricks strikes a death blow to the blasé rumors of, "I'm just like everybody else," and, "Do I really have anything special to offer to myself and others with my life?" Bill celebrates that each person is unique and can be significant. That can be significant is the pivot point though-it is our choice to discover our giftedness. Read the pages and learn!

Matt Carter

Pastor of Preaching & Vision at Austin Stone Community Church; Co-author, The Real Win

Bill's perspective and stories from his own walk with Jesus bring many fresh insights to a problem we all face: how do we know what God is calling us to do?

  

Cherie Harder

President, The Trinity Forum

The Person Called You is a deeply insightful, conversational, and welcoming guide to discovering one's giftedness, identity, and vocation. Hendricks distills his practical wisdom from years of counseling and coaching to help readers not only identify and realize their own God-given giftedness, but in understanding its significance, impact, and obligations. A wonderful help for those struggling with their own sense of calling and purpose.

  

Dr. Al Erisman

Executive in Residence & former Director for The Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University; Editor, Ethix Magazine

Is there a way to take what you enjoy doing and what you are motivated to do and turn this into a career? Even in an era of globalization and job reduction? Bill Hendricks says yes, but doesn't stop there. His book offers insight into how we might take personal inventory and then match the results to potential career opportunities. A practical, insightful book that should be read, studied, and applied by recent graduates, mid-career people, and even those contemplating retirement. Bill draws on biblical wisdom, years of career counseling, psychological research, and wonderful personal stories to make this a great read with great wisdom. Don't miss it!

Kerry Knott

President, C.S. Lewis Institute

Bill's book is going to change the world by helping people answer the critical question, "What is the purpose of my life?" We all want joy and meaning in our life, but too often we stumble around and settle for much less. This book provides a thoughtful, clear process for determining how God made each of us, and how we can best realize God's plan for our life.

  

Dr. Mark D. Roberts

Executive Director of Digital Media, The High Calling, H. E. Butt Foundation

I wish I had read The Person Called You when I was twenty. And when I was in my thirties. And when I turned fifty. Yet, now, at fifty-six years of age, I'm grateful to have this book. It has helped me answer a nagging question that just won't go away: What should I do with my life? I love the way Bill Hendricks advises me to address this question. He is wise, humble, open, biblical, and practical. He is relentlessly encouraging yet relentlessly realistic. He does not offer truisms or gimmicks. Rather, focusing on our unique giftedness and our stories of flourishing, Hendricks helps us discover who we are and what God has made us to do. I'm going to read this book again. I'm going to give it to my wife and adult children. I'm going to have it on hand when people seek my counsel about what they should do with their lives. I'm grateful to Bill Hendricks for sharing his wisdom in such a readable and compelling way.

  

Dr. Becky Paneitz

President & CEO, Inseitz Group; Former President, Northwest Arkansas Community College

Bill Hendricks has a passion for helping individuals identify their gifts-what they are, where did they come from, and how can they make a difference in people's lives, work, and relationships. As a former community college president and now as someone who mentors young women, I have personally found that most of us do not go through a self assessment to determine our giftedness. Yet, we all seek to find relevance and purpose in our lives. The giftedness assessment that Bill has developed will assist individuals in understanding how to use their gifts to enhance quality of life for themselves as well as for others they will influence throughout their lives. It is my hope that women and men will read this book and will be impacted and compelled to use their gifts to make a difference in their work and their relationships.

  

Robert M. Briggs

President & CEO, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty

Bill Hendricks knows what makes people tick. I and most of my family have been through his process, as have most of the key executives at my company. Having known him since high school, I can rely on Bill to give me the straight scoop whenever I've got a strategic "people question." So I'm delighted with the release of this book. It grows out of decades of real-world experience with everyday people facing some of the most important decisions in their lives. Bill's message about giftedness proved to be a godsend for me. I know it will be for you, as well.

  

Dr. David Naugle

Distinguished University Professor & Professor of Philosophy, Dallas Baptist University; Author, Philosophy: A Student's Guide

Giftedness is often a neglected topic. But no longer with this volume. It contains the author's lessons of a lifetime on this important subject. It is written with a typical Hendricks flair-it holds your attention, even in our digital age, when attention spans are short. This is one fine book!

  

Dr. Michael Easley

Teaching Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Brentwood, Tennessee; Co-Host, InContext with Michael Easley; Former President, Moody Bible Institute

Well-meaning parents ask their children, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" That question, and hundreds of versions of it, seem hard to answer. Conventional wisdom is that high school and college we help us determine, "Who am I? What is my passion? What should I do?" Some of us will need graduate, and maybe postgraduate studies to delay the answer. Truth be known, many of us over 50 daydream, "Is this what I'm really supposed to do? Is this who I am?" Whether you're asking those questions or helping others navigate the maze, too often the "answers" are found wanting. To make matters worse, we see an endless parade of success stories selling formulas for being "all you ever dreamt you could be." Convincingly, they show us programs, goals, passions, visions, dreams, and that nebulous "wonderful plan for your life." But afterward, we're left with a disappointing aftertaste. Decades ago we were told, "Be thankful for what you've got." Now, if we're not engaged in some fantastic, "I can change the world and make a lot of money" plan, we feel uncertain and unimportant. Thankfully, Bill explains simply how we can see a clear path to who we are, not what we do. Bill helps us see our unique wiring, to see ourselves through commonsense lenses. When you see yourself clearly, you'll be surprised how clearly you'll see. And once in focus, you'll see how you can be the person you are meant to be.

  

Michael Milton, Ph.D.

Teaching Pastor, Truth in Action Ministries; President and Senior Fellow, D. James Kennedy Institute for Christianity and Culture; Fourth President/Chancellor, Reformed Theological Seminary; Chaplain & Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve

One of the single greatest questions that parents, school counselors, teachers, professors, and pastors must address is the perennial question of vocation. Helping others to discover God's Ephesians 2:20 place in the sun for their lives is one of the most sought after, challenging, and rewarding things we will ever do. Yet solid, biblically based resources are in short supply. I know of no person more uniquely qualified to, literally, write the book on the subject than my friend, Bill Hendricks. In The Person Called You. Bill has provided us with a well-researched, biblically grounded, scholarly, yet very accessible tool that moves beond mere diagnostic tests to a genuine theology of vocation. I not only commend this fine volume to the Church with great joy, but do so with a prayer that many will read it and apply the wisdom that Bill teaches. I know that I did, and I believed in what Bill did so much that when my son turned 18, I sent him to Bill too!

  

Dr. Tony Jeffrey

Headmaster, Providence Christian School of Texas; Former Chair and Current Board Member, Summit Ministries

Having dedicated my life to preparing young people to make an impact when they graduate and enter society, I'm delighted that Bill Hendricks has produced this book. It's the perfect resource for teachers, counselors, youth workers, and anyone else trying to help others find their path in life. I've known Bill my entire career. He's been invaluable to me and countless others I know, both professionally and personally.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802412010
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 193,511
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL HENDRICKS is President of The Giftedness Center, a Dallas-based consulting firm specializing in organizational effectiveness and individual career guidance. He is the author or coauthor of twenty books, including The Power of Uniqueness, The Light That Never Dies: A Story of Hope in the Shadows of Grief, Your Work Matters to God, and Living by the Book. He has written for numerous publications and shares his thoughts regularly at BillHendricks.net. Bill holds an undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University, a master of science in mass communications from Boston University, and a master of arts in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the proud father of three grown daughters by his late wife, Nancy, and is now re-married to Lynn Turpin Hendricks.

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The Person Called You Why You're Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life


By Bill Hendricks, Elizabeth Cody Newenhuyse

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2014 Bill Hendricks
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8024-1201-0



CHAPTER 1

A PATTERN IN YOUR LIFE


Certain things just are. We call such a thing a phenomenon. Take gravity, for example. Gravity is a phenomenon. You don't have to know anything about gravity to take advantage of it. It's just the way the world is.

Well, there's a phenomenon that shapes all human beings (including you). Here's how it works. Every person really is unique. As in one-of-a-kind. That uniqueness manifests itself through the persons behavior. It turns out that every individual lives out a pattern of behavior again and again throughout their life. It's the most natural way for them to function. Indeed, they don't think of doing life any other way.


HOW WARREN BUFFETT BECAME RICH

Later I'll show you how to detect your own pattern. For now, let me just pick someone who is well known and about whom we have lots of data from which to draw some conclusions: Warren Buffett, the world-renowned investor.

In 2003, a Wall Street analyst named Alice Schroeder took a leave of absence from Morgan Stanley to engage in a biographical study of Warren Buffett's life. With his full cooperation, the project culminated in The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. The book is fascinating from many angles, but I regard it as a textbook case in demonstrating the phenomenon of giftedness.

Schroeder tells us that from childhood, Buffett displayed a fascination bordering on an obsession with numbers and the analysis of numbers. For example, as a boy in church: "He liked the sermons, he was bored by the rest of the service; he passed the time by calculating the life span of hymn composers from their birth and death dates in the hymnals.... He assumed that hymn composers would live longer than average. Living longer than average seemed to him an important goal."

Sometimes he would sit on his friend's porch in Omaha, Nebraska, writing down the license-plate numbers of passing cars. He liked calculating the frequency of the letters and numbers used on the plates.

At six he began selling gum in his neighborhood—never single sticks, only packs of five—for a nickel. Soon he was buying six-packs of Coca Cola for 25 cents, then reselling single bottles for 5 cents, a 20 percent profit. Young Warrens favorite toy was—what else?—a money changer.

The tradition in Buffett's family was for each child, when they were ten, to accompany their father to the East Coast to visit the sites they most wanted to see. For Warren the choice was easy: New York City, to visit the Scott Stamp and Coin Company, the Lionel Train Company (Warren spent hours poring over Lionel catalogues), and the New York Stock Exchange.

Not long after that, Buffett came across a library book entitled One Thousand Ways to Make $1,000 (in the 1940s, $1,000 was a lot of money). He devoured the book, especially the concept of compounding. He became fascinated by the way that "numbers exploded as they grew at a constant rate over time," such that even "a small sum could eventually grow into a fortune. He could picture the numbers compounding as vividly as the way a snowball grew when he rolled it across the lawn" (hence the title of the book). "Warren began to think about time in a different way. Compounding married the present to the future. If a dollar today was going to be worth ten some years from now, then in his mind the two were the same."

With that insight, Buffett confidently told his family he would be a millionaire by the time he was thirty-five.

In college Buffett read The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham. According to his roommate, "It was almost like he found a god." Ben Graham was teaching at Columbia University in New York, along with his colleague David Dodd. Together they had coauthored a seminal text entitled Security Analysis. Buffett determined he would go to graduate school there and study under these wizards of finance and investing.

Upon graduating, he wanted more than anything else to work for Graham's investment firm, Graham-Newman. But Graham turned him down. That did not deter Buffett. He returned to Omaha and became a stockbroker, but he continued to correspond with his mentor. He sent him stock tips and occasionally visited New York to see him. Finally, in 1954, Graham and his partner hired Buffett.

For two years, he worked as a securities analyst, quickly making himself the darling of the firm. Then Ben Graham announced he was retiring. Buffett was invited to become a general partner, but he declined. Without Graham, he had no interest in working at a New York investment firm.

So Buffett again returned to Omaha. At twenty-six, he had already made enough money to retire (when he began his studies at Colombia, Buffet had $9,800 in assets; since then his shrewd investments had grown 61 percent annually to $174,000). But he was eager to reach his goal of becoming a millionaire. So he formed a partnership named Buffett Associates, Ltd., and invited just six family members and close friends to join him. They all put in $105,000. Buffett put in $100.

The rest, as they say, is history. Buffett's company (later renamed Berkshire-Hathaway) is now the ninth leading public company in the world, worth an estimated $250 billion. The firm's annual growth in book value has averaged 19.7 percent to shareholders for the last forty-eight years (compared to 9.4 percent from companies listed on Standard & Poor's). Buffett himself is believed to hold $62 billion of personal wealth.


EVERYONE HAS A PATTERN

You can see a consistent pattern throughout Warren Buffett's life from childhood to the present. He keeps using certain abilities, like analyzing, assessing worth, and recognizing patterns and anomalies. Hi keeps working with certain subject matter, like numbers, the concept of compounding, and business information. He prefers to do things on his own, and in his own way. When he wants to learn about something, he likes to go directly to the source, to the person who knows the most about it. And of course he measures his results by the dispassionate metric of profit. Many other aspects of Buffett's pattern could be cited from Schroeder's book.

Here's what's important: every person has their own unique pattern of behavior and motivation. That pattern begins in childhood and remains consistent throughout their life. Others may have similar patterns, but no two people have exactly the same pattern.

I could illustrate this phenomenon of a motivational pattern with countless other well-known people: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Leonard Bernstein, Karl Wallenda, Lyndon Johnson, Jim Henson, Judy Garland, C. S. Lewis, Peter Drucker, Evel Knievel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ben Carson, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, I. M. Pei, Alexander the Great, John James Audubon. The list is endless.

"But Bill," I hear someone saying, "those are all world-class people. That wouldn't be the case for everyday folks."

Actually, it is—for two reasons. First, because everyone—including all of the people I mentioned—starts out as "everyday folks." No one is born world-class. But when a so-called average person follows their pattern, they may well end up at the world-class level.

But now let's define what we mean by "world class." That's not the same as having celebrity status. Someone can be world-famous, but not world-class. World-class means being among the best in the world at what you do. Whether or not anyone else knows about it is another story.

By that measure, I could tell you about teachers, appliance repair guys, mechanics, storytellers, editors, waiters, toll booth collectors, missionaries, bank tellers, and countless other no-name people who function at a world-class level.

Fame is just a distraction. Our aim in life ought not to become famous but to become the best at what we do.

Not only are all of us born as "everyday folks," we all have a pattern. Everyone! You. Me. The members of our families. Our friends. Our neighbors. Our coworkers. Our allies. Our enemies. Everyone.

How can I be so sure about that? Because for the last fifty years and more, a handful of people (myself among them) have engaged in a methodical, objective process of discovering people's patterns in order to help them make strategic decisions, both personally and professionally. Hundreds of thousands of individuals have gone through that process. Every single one of them had a pattern. No one has ever been found who doesn't have a pattern. When you find that kind of consistency, you conclude that human beings by their nature function according to patterns. In other words, there's a phenomenon at work. It's just the way the world is.


GIFTEDNESS—AND YOU

Does that phenomenon have a name? Actually it has many names. For example, we say that someone has a certain "bent" or "style." Or that someone is "wired" to do a certain thing. Or that someone is operating in their "sweet spot." The French have a wonderful word for it, "métier," meaning an area of activity in which one excels. And of course, we've all heard someone explain a person's behavior by saying, "Oh, he's just being Fred," or, "That is so like Sherry," and somehow we know exactly what they mean. We instinctively recognize people's patterns, even if we know nothing about the phenomenon.

The term I use for the way that people live out their patterns is giftedness. It's not the most elegant term, but I haven't yet found a better one. It's also a term I hear a lot of people using nowadays, but I don't think most of them really know what they're talking about.

So let me offer a definition:

Giftedness is the unique way in which you function. It's a set of inborn core strengths and natural motivation you instinctively and consistently use to do things that you find satisfying and productive. Giftedness is not just what you can do but what you are born to do, enjoy doing, and do well.


Notice the words "inborn," "natural," and "instinctively." They point to the fact that giftedness is just that—a gift. Your giftedness is not something you acquire or go to school to get. It's just there, in you. You didn't ask for it. You didn't have to pay for it. It's just you.

Let me be clear about how I'm using the term giftedness. In popular culture, we call people "gifted" if they show unusual talent—superstars like Michael Jordan, James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Stephen Hawking, Michael Phelps. I won't argue that such people are amazing. And there is undoubtedly a correlation between their giftedness and the thing they do.

But giftedness is, in fact, common. Not all of us rise to "world-class" status (although I suspect we have more Michael Jordans and Oprah Winfreys walking around than we realize). As we've already seen, each of us displays a consistent pattern of behavior, which is expressed even in the everyday, mundane affairs of life. What we wear, who we associate with, what kind of car we drive, who we vote for, what our religious convictions are (if any), what we watch on TV or click on online—all are part of our unique pattern.

Giftedness is not for a fortunate few. It is part of the human condition.

Perhaps one reason why "gifted" is so often applied to the elite is because certain children in schools are determined to be exceptional learners and given enhanced learning opportunities, called "talented and gifted" (TAG) programs or "gifted and talented education" (GATE or G/T). I'm all for these endeavors. But I still hold that all children, regardless of IQ or any other scale of functioning, possess their own form of giftedness—their own particular pattern of motivated behavior.

Is giftedness related to intelligence? No. Even someone who functions at a low level will display a bent toward a particular way of "doing life."

Is giftedness related to your work? We'll be looking at this later, but no, giftedness is not an occupational title. Many people nowadays identify themselves according to what they do for work: "I'm a lawyer, salesman, homemaker, student," and so on. But I would point out that before you are an occupation, you are a person. What you happen to be doing for a career may fit your personhood—but you are not your job.


BUT WHAT ABOUT ...?

By this point, I know I've raised a thousand questions: Where does giftedness come from? If it's inborn, then what about the influence of one's environment? What about people with disabilities or mental issues? What about genetic factors? How does giftedness relate to personality? This sounds intriguing, but where's the science for it—the research, the numbers, the control studies? If everyone has giftedness, then why do so many people hate their jobs? If I have my giftedness, why can't I figure out what to do with my life? By saying giftedness is about what people enjoy doing, aren't you just giving them an excuse to live self-indulgently? And what about people living in poverty? Is giftedness just a luxury? What if it turns out someone doesn't like their giftedness? How can giftedness be instinctive when people spend their whole lives becoming who they are?

In addition, you may be asking more practical questions like: How can I find a job that fits me? I already know what I want to do, so how can I get paid to do that? How can I get along better with my boss and/or coworkers? My child has learning differences; do you have any advice on dealing with that? How can I help my twentysomething son or daughter decide on a career? I want to get married, so how do I find the right person? Now that my kids are grown up, what can I do that will be meaningful and satisfying? How can I make my life count?

So many questions! You can see why, when I'm at a party or a dinner and someone asks what I do, I often end up being the center of attention for a while, answering questions about giftedness. People find this stuff fascinating. So did I when I first heard about it years ago.

That's because giftedness is all about the one thing we all care about the most—ourselves. But not in a self-absorbed way. Rather, giftedness opens up a way to talk about ourselves that actually takes us outside of ourselves. We not only discover that our giftedness is a gift to us but a deeper truth—that each of us is meant to be a gift to others, if we use our gifts appropriately.

How you read this book and what you do with it is totally up to you. But I would point out that how you learn about your giftedness will itself be driven by your particular giftedness. Because that's you. That's how you do life.

I want to honor that. Indeed, I want to celebrate that! That's why I wrote this book. I believe there is something important you were put here to do—something only you can do. As Steve Jobs said shortly before he died, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

I couldn't agree more. But if you don't know what your giftedness is, you're liable to do just that.

CHAPTER 2

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED YOUR "GIFTEDNESS"?


You don't want to be living someone else's life. And you don't have to, because your giftedness is a remarkable thing! An amazing thing! You may not feel that way about it yet, but my job is to help you see what is already inside of you and unleash it for the benefit of the world.

In this chapter I'm going to describe the nature of your giftedness and what makes it so special. But remember, in talking about giftedness, I'm really talking about you.


ONE SIZE FITS ALL?

The idea that people differ from one another is hardly new. From the Montessori Method to Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences to Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton's Now, Discover Your Strengths, which launched the popular StrengthsFinder online assessment tool, the emphasis on individuality is now firmly entrenched in popular culture. Companies selling products as varied as jeans, coffee, hamburgers, investment opportunities, running shoes, and computers encourage customers to tailor their purchases to their own individual tastes and preferences.


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Excerpted from The Person Called You Why You're Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life by Bill Hendricks, Elizabeth Cody Newenhuyse. Copyright © 2014 Bill Hendricks. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: The Question, 11,
PART I IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR GIFTEDNESS,
Chapter 1—A Pattern in Your Life, 23,
Chapter 2—What Is This Thing Called Your "Giftedness"?, 31,
Chapter 3—The Good Truth about You, 61,
Chapter 4—Your Purpose, Your Power, 75,
PART II SO HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR GIFTEDNESS?,
Chapter 5—The Truth Hidden in Plain Sight, 87,
Chapter 6—Warning: Identifying Your Giftedness Is Not Enough, 99,
PART III WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?,
Chapter 7—Giftedness and Your Work, 123,
Chapter 8—Giftedness and Your Relationships, 157,
Chapter 9—Giftedness and Your Dark Side, 181,
Chapter 10—Giftedness and Your Calling, 193,
Appendix: Discovering Your Giftedness: A Step-by-Step Guide, 207,
Notes, 227,
Acknowledgments, 235,
About Bill Hendricks, 239,
You Could Be a Giftedness Coach, 240,

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