What are you good at? Not what do you like to do the most.
What are you really good at and how best can you make the most of it?
Pretty much everything we do in life is because we need to do it or we have to do it for one reason or another. But if you can pursue what you want to and be great at it, you will be on to something, Something unique, original. Something authentic you can identify with.
One of the best approaches to finding clarity of purpose is to pursue the one thing you alone can do best without struggle.
Narrow your field of expertise.
Leonardo DiCaprio once said “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”
If you are crazy enough to think you can pursue what you want to do, be great at it, make a name for it, and even make a living from it, you will do it.
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken!
If you’re not comfortable with who you are, you’ll inevitably end up trying to be someone else.
Self-discovery is an ongoing process. If you haven’t found yourself, keep trying.
Don’t settle for second. Pursue your ultimate potential.
John F. Kennedy says, “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”
Find out what makes you come alive and pursue it.
If you are really good at something, focus on it. Don’t stray away from it. Instead, continue perfecting your craft and become the leader in your space.
When you consistently offer value, you will become unstoppable.
Cal NewPort says in his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love”: “If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).”
Resist pressure to achieve other people’s vision of success. Focus on what you are and can be great at doing. As long as you are doing what you are good at, the rest will fall into place.
Your core competence is not random, is the blueprint for your destiny.
Every life is special. You matter.
Your dreams matter.
Dare greatly in the direction of your dreams.
May Sarton once said “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
It’s ultimately up to you to take action in the direction of your dreams, and when you do, you’ll be met halfway — I promise. You won’t be alone.
Thousands, if not millions of people have been on that same journey before.
There is so much you can learn from everyone else who either succeeded or failed.
Follow your curiosity, find out what makes you come alive and create yourself in the process.
Focus your energy on exploring the one thing that brings you the most satisfaction in life and if you can, make it your career.
You don’t have to choose between “doing what you love” and making a good living. You can have both.
If you spend your time doing things you’re not good at, it’ll frustrate you and cause you to feel defeated and unsuccessful.
Einstein became the most celebrated scientist in the world because of his insane focus on the General Theory of Relativity.
William Shakespeare wrote at least 154 love poems and 37 plays, including Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. He loved to write.
These people are better known for their unparalleled contribution in changing the course of the world and history. They made the most of their time when they discovered what they should be doing.
If the career you choose does not correspond with your deepest inclinations, you rarely find the fulfilment you crave.
The real joy of daily work is in what you have to give.
The good news for you is that you know something or better still you are good at something.
You know it, your friends and colleagues know that. You have been ignoring that side of you for far too long.
People have lots of questions and you probably know most of the answers already.
A lot more people can benefit from your ideas, talent or skill. You are probably more smarter than you are being paid for right now.
You don’t need a fancy office to put relevant stuff that means a lot to you online. You are good to show your work right now. And you don’t need permission to start showing your work.
What most people don’t realize is that there aren’t a lot of experts in the world. If you choose to focus on the thing you love to do or give it a little more time, you can become an expert at it.
If you can become an expert at it, you could do it for a living at some point in your life. And the fulfilment that follows is magical.
It won’t happen right at the beginning. You will probably suck at it in the beginning but you will get better with time.
Practice is the key word.
It’s easier to transform your passion into your job than finding a job that matches your what you love to do.
Your art, creation, product, message or what you choose to share can make a huge difference in many people’s lives across the globe.
Don’t hold out on the rest of us!
We need you to contribute. Spend your life building a body of work. We need it. We are waiting for you to show up.
Engage today with urgency and diligence. Begin to plant seeds every day that will yield a harvest later.
Tomorrow is only an unfulfilled wish, so live and work as if today is all you have. If you do, you will be able to lay your head down each night satisfied with your work, and in the end, you will die empty of regret, but full of satisfaction for a life well lived.
Embrace yourself for who you really are and learn to harness your creative potential to change the trajectory of your professional life. Never miss an opportunity to show up.
The biggest hurdle for all of us is to dive into our own potential, and to see our own selves as incredibly beautiful and gifted personalities.
Everybody has a story to tell and a unique and distinct talent to share. Self-expression fulfills. It gives others hope and faith in themselves.
So, please create! When, if not now?
The world needs more authentic creative expression from you, expression from deep within. What you do matters, not what you think, say or plan.
Never miss an opportunity to show up. To participate. To make a move. To share yourself. Give yourself time in your life to wonder what is possible and to make even the slightest moves in that direction. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut or stick with your routine.
Great work, like a healthy financial portfolio, takes time to mature. Your best work will emerge with patient attention, time, and strategic action.
Whether you’re just starting out in your career or trying to get to the next level, your goal should be to master your craft to the point where people can’t help but notice.
Be so good they can’t ignore you!
Credit: Thomas Oppong