Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “Faith means that we trust not only in God’s wisdom but that we trust also in His love. It means trusting that God loves us perfectly, that everything He does—every blessing He gives and every blessing He, for a time, withholds—is for our eternal happiness.”
All of my greatest blessings have one thing in common: an immense amount of trust in God preceding them. Each of those blessings warrant their own blog post, but I will focus on one blessing that required a lot of trust in God—my career.
I dedicated my whole college career to be a journalist, even excelled in it. But when graduation came, that path gave me immense anxiety, and I decided not to pursue it. I am pretty good at following plans, so it was frightening to start over somewhere new and not have a clue where or what that would be. While my classmates had jobs lined up, my future became more uncertain, and I felt my confidence decrease rapidly. Graduation day was both a happy and sad day, but I was uncomfortable most of the time.
Over family dinner, my brother-in-law encouraged me to apply to work for Goldman Sachs. I did not think I stood a chance because I did not feel intelligent enough nor, in my opinion, have anything to offer the firm. But I had nothing to lose, so I sent in my résumé and got an interview. I did my homework but did not do well in the interview and obviously did not get the position. While I thought I blew my chance, I got more interviews for other positions at the firm! Things were looking up, and boy, it was keeping me on my toes.
I would practice longer and prepare even more for each interview. Each position became more appealing to me, and I became more disappointed when each one would not pan out. At this point, I had interviewed for four positions and had been through 25 interviews. Who does that, right? I was exhausted. I was particularly bummed about one position that I did well in the interview process and thought would be perfect for me. When I didn’t get the job, I prayed that night, pleading with God, “What is the deal? You know this is a good opportunity for me. Why is it not working out? I am doing everything I know best. Why have I been denied each opportunity? I’ve been through enough. I don’t even know if you care about this as much as I do or if you want me to succeed.” My previous prayers felt like I was talking into thin air, but this particular time, something came into my heart and in my mind. I heard the words: “Julianne, just trust me.” That voice silenced everything.
My father noticed I was discouraged and prompted me to attend the LDS Career Workshop. I scoffed at the idea initially because I thought they could not tell me anything I did not already know. After more encouragement, I signed up for the nearest seminar and was quickly humbled by attending. Much to my surprise, everything they taught me was new and gave me clarity on where I wanted my career trajectory to look like. From there, I realized that focusing on broadcast journalism in school was not a waste of my time but gave me the tools to pursue a new path in marketing and communications.
I was going to throw in the towel for Goldman Sachs but then received another interview. I made up in my mind that if this position was not it, I would abandon it and look elsewhere. By this point, I had interviewed 30 times with the firm. I got the job and secured a position with the firm and the team that I have been with for almost five years! I can say with confidence that those other positions did not work out because God knew my talents could be best used in my current position. Would I have been happy in those other positions? Possibly. But, He also knew I could be happier here than in those other places. He knew I could grow and learn the most here. He knew I could bless others both in and outside of the firm with the skills I acquired during my time here.
I love the scripture Romans 8:31: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Since working for the firm, I have never been happier and more content with myself and with my life. I am at peace with myself and feel fortunate to be able to move forward in life with my head held high. I could not see it then because my heart and head was hung up on the rejection. But once I decided to relinquish my pride, I could be open and vulnerable to new opportunities and go out to make for myself a better future.
Some days at work are harder than others; but, each time I go into the office, I am reminded of how I established trust in God and that I should continue to build a strong relationship with Him based on trust. I am reminded that God’s plan is always the better one, much better than what any of us could hope for.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “We can be certain that answers will come, and we may be confident that we will not only be content with the answers but we will also be overwhelmed by the grace, mercy, generosity, and love of our Heavenly Father for us, His children.” True success is meant to be shared. I impart to you my greatest key to success in life: TRUST GOD.