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My Transition to the Workplace: Part 6

By Nicole George

This is a short list of what I've learned as a young professional still figuring out how to work full time, maintain a kingdom perspective and influence others for Christ. And overall, I have learned in November that I am totally not in control.

1. Who Knows Where You’ll Go

Decisions and Ethics in the Workplace

By Nicole George

So basically my job is to make a product sound really amazing.

Is my company’s product amazing? Well, I do think some of the products my company makes are! There are certain homes we sell that I would buy in a heartbeat. They’re actually quite stunning inside.

But not all of our homes are quite so extravagant. So how do I make a less-amazing product sound just as amazing? Here’s where ethics comes in and why I appreciate the company I work for.

My Transition to the Workplace: Part 5

By Nicole George

As I began to write this post, I didn’t have words for my transition. I just knew that life with a full time job and managing bills and friendships feels very average and normal. Every time I have to visit a doctor or dentist, my feeling of being an adult is a little rocked, but all the same...I feel like a rather average adult now.

I remember that during this time my first year of college, I was anticipating Thanksgiving which meant getting my wisdom teeth out and being almost done with my first semester. Instead, this is just the beginning with no specific end in sight.

The Challenge and Value of Finding the Right Community

By Nicole George

I’ve said it before, but I’ve been blessed to find a friend group and a church community very quickly in my transition to working full time in a new place. But lately I’ve been delving deeper into the value of deep Christian community versus the community of friends I have otherwise.

To sum up my community of friends outside of church, let’s just say it’s like watching a sitcom. Particularly a sitcom named “Friends.” Enough said—we’re a hot mess.

Servant Leadership and Arrogance in the Workplace

By Nicole George

Best-selling author Ryan Holliday has an interesting book about pride. Its title? Ego is the Enemy.

Tim Knight, founder and president of Focus 3, notes that Holliday is not a Christian, yet Holliday “recognizes that a selfish ego is an adversary that we must defeat.”

Holliday writes that “The ego we see most commonly goes by a more casual definition: an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centered ambition.”

A Young Professional’s Calling Vs. Their Career

By Nicole George

Reality Check #1: This journey might take longer than you thought.

Realizing your calling takes time, and it probably won’t happen as quickly as you expected. I *think* I know what my end calling is, which many people don’t, but I know that calling will take years (probably way longer) to arrive in full swing.

I’m watching the long-haul reality manifest itself in my life and multiple friends’ lives, too. By watching the journey unfold in friends who have been in the marketplace for years already, some other realities have made themselves evident. 

Doing the Work Set Before You

By Nicole George

When I get disappointed, my first instinct is to withdraw and hide. I became pretty frustrated and disappointed in some personal areas of my life in the past week, and I started to withdraw emotionally from people around me. At one point, I even though, “Okay, so what kind of job could I get in Ohio?”

But that’s giving up right as I’m beginning.

To me, it’s very clear that God has plopped me in East Tennessee for a reason, so why should I run away from that?

Boldly Speaking Love and Truth in Marketplace Missions

By Nicole George

I’ve been thinking for a couple weeks about the importance of actually bringing up faith and the name of Jesus at work. I think it’s incredibly important for Christians to work unto the Lord and desire excellence because that’s one of the Lord’s commands. However, I think it’s passive to stop there. We need to inquire about what coworkers believe and offer the truth of the Gospel to them. 

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