Mission Manifesto

Like I mentioned yesterday, I have a mission manifesto. I don’t know if this is too personal to share, but here it is:

John van Dijk

Mission Manifesto


Because of my actions, other people will be better at who they are.

I will spend my energy on the things that I am uniquely gifted to do.

I will strive to be the best in the world at the work that I am uniquely gifted to do.

I will not spend energy on tasks that I am not uniquely gifted to do that can effectively be done by other people.

I will be eternally curious and constantly learning.

I will train others to be better at what I do than I am.

The result of every interaction that I have with people is that they will experience God’s love.

Approach to work

I expect that those who I work with strive to be the best in the world in the areas that they are uniquely gifted in.

A current working solution is more useful than a perfectly planned future solution.

Finishing is better than starting

  Patience is better than Pride

    Ecclesiastes 7:8

The Foundation

Underlying everything I do, I am driven to seek first the Kingdom of God.

I will know that I am successful because I am displaying the fruit of the Spirit:











The tools that I will use to accomplish my mission are:

  • Relationships with other people.
  • Knowledge and skills that others have. (‘Standing on the shoulders of giants.’)
  • Software technology


Here’s what it looks like as it hangs by my desk.

Mission Manifesto