What Is Your Destiny?

I have a friend who is an entrepreneur and successful businessman. He told me he knew at five years old he was going to be president of the United States. I am not talking about one of the plethoras of current candidates running for president. I am talking about a 35-year-old man who in twenty years will be president of the United States. I have talked to a lot of people in my lifetime, and not once did I have someone tell me their calling is to be president. Not one.

Two years into our relationship he told me it was time to begin taking the steps necessary to achieve the presidency. In the last five years, he has relocated from Georgia to another state, achieved his MBA from a premier university, started a company from scratch and built it into a multi-million dollar enterprise. He is currently sharing his vision for America with influential supporters, conducting early fundraising and putting a campaign team in place. His plan is to serve as a multi-term U.S. congressman, then governor and then president of the United States of America.

Look at the resume he is building on his way to running for president. Man of God, family man, combat veteran, MBA, a successful businessman, congressman and state governor. He is on track to move from business to politics. He is on track to become a viable candidate for president of the United States in 17 years. This is the kind of man I want to vote for. I believe I know a future president of the United States. One day Kathy and I will have dinner at the White House!

Called to Heal

I have a 25-year best friend who knew at age 10 that he was called by God to be a doctor. He came from very humble beginnings with a father who was a machinist. He grew up in a two bedroom house with two other siblings in a farming community outside Columbus, Ohio. Graduating from high school was most parents’ dream for their children, but he told them he wanted to be a doctor.

He attended a small college in Ohio and worked diligently to achieve academic excellence. He knew he needed the best grades to have a chance at doing well on the MCAT and getting into the medical school of a prestigious university. He attended Ohio State medical school and graduated with highest honors. In residency, he decided to become a gynecologist and surgeon.

Today he spends his life reading, learning, teaching and practicing to be the best doctor in Atlanta. He is singularly focused on medicine. After practicing for the last 30 years, he is still current, relevant and passionate on the calling he received from God at 10 years old.

Called to Business

I also knew at a very early age I wanted to be a businessman. It made no sense. I grew up in a blue-collar family where no one knew anything about business. Yet at eight years old I was selling door to door to win prizes. At 11 I had the single biggest paper route in Jersey City. I learned how to sell new subscriptions, deliver papers, hire help on the fat paper days and collect money. I loved it and wanted more.

I went on to other jobs through high school and later worked full-time while going to college. As I look back, I see I was always pursuing the calling I received, although none of my family understood it. I knew intuitively I had to pursue even though I was not sure how to pursue my calling.

But the hand of God was at my back. I started college as a mechanical engineer and failed miserably. I then became an undeclared major since I didn’t know what to do next and had no mentors to guide me. Through an unlikely meeting with a general manager of a West German TV rental chain of retail stores, I worked in Dusseldorf, Germany for four months as my first job “in business.” That experience changed my life. I returned to college knowing what I wanted and what courses to take to get there. Pretty amazing how it all worked out.

What I have observed is this: If God wants you there, there you will be. The question then becomes: Why did God put you there?