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8. Epilogue - Your Annual Job Evaluation

A Meeting you Can’t Miss!

After six months of working for the company, it’s time for your evaluation. You walk into the boardroom, where three stone faced personnel managers are sitting behind a mahogany desk. The one on the left scans your file, looks up at you accusingly, and says, “I see here that you did not report for work at 9am one time during this entire period.”

The woman in the middle shakes her head and remarks, “This is a Fortune 500 Company. Instead of a jacket and tie, you report for work wearing jeans.”

The man on the right stares at the papers in his hand and says grimly, “Our surveillance cameras show that you spend less than 10% of your working hours at your desk. The rest of the time you’re walking around the building.”

The first evaluator shoots the question: “Do you have anything to say for yourself?”

“Yes," you reply with confidence, "I was hired as the night watchman.”2

Elul and the Yomim Norayim are days of evaluation. But to accurately assess your performance this year, you have to know your job description. Your unique life’s purpose is your job description in this world.

On Rosh Hashanah Hashem apportions to each of us life, health, livelihood, and everything else. What is your plan for how you propose to use the life God gives you? The “CEO” is not going to dole out a million-dollar budget to an employee who doesn’t have a carefully worked out proposal. Knowing your unique purpose in this world is the rocket fuel to drive you to a life of success in both ruchniyous and goshmiyous.

The great Chasidic master, Rabbi Zushe of Anipoli, often said, “When I come to the Next World and stand before the Heavenly Court, I do not fear the question: ‘Why weren't you like Avraham Avinu or Moshe Rabbeinu?’ I was not equipped to be Avraham or Moshe. But I tremble for the day when I will be asked: ‘Why weren't you like Zushe?’ There’s no excuse for not being yourself.”

Together let’s make an effort to discover our unique purpose in this world so that we can go through life with confidence knowing that we are fulfilling our potential to its fullest. On Rosh Hashana we can say before the Great Judge, “this is my job and I’m trying my best to fulfill it!”

Let’s use this Elul to make the upcoming year different. Learning about your life purpose is only the beginning. Now it’s time to start living it!

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2Excerpted from Sara Yoheved Rigler's book, G-d Winked. See here for further reading from this author on the subject of finding your life’s purpose.  

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Rabbi Aryeh Nivin is the founder and director of Machon Ha’adam Hashalem – a personal development Torah network which helps thousands of people around the world find their unique life’s purpose. For more information or to join an upcoming phone chabura, go to www.newchabura.com, call (646) 863-4123, or email newchabura@gmail.com.

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