There were two incidents that invoked great feeling in me, at an age where my orthodonture defined my universe:
- Watching an exceptionally talented seven year old being featured on the Oprah Winfrey show as a master painter
- Watching a show on J.K Rowling and the conditions in which she was able to churn out one of the best-selling fantasy series of all time
It made me believe that human beings are capable of amazing things.
It made me want to be capable of amazing things.
But how do you decide what you’re going to be exceptional at? How do you choose the trade that will eventually define most of your waking hours for the rest of your life? Do you develop hobbies based on actual preference but find careers according to market trends and university recruitment?
A lot of questions with one compound answer.
Do your best – try everything.
People may regard this as a vague disposition, but it is often in the broad spectrum of things we find the niche we are comfortable in. It’s all about exposure (don’t mock it till you try it).
I once read that you shouldn’t follow your passion but rather be passionate in all the things you do. I find this reminiscent of the chicken and the egg query. Surely what we do must be intricately related to something we actually like to make said task enjoyable. Admittedly, there are many channels that people don’t venture into, simply because they have decided they are talented at just one thing.
A person’s raw natural talent need not be confined to one particular area; there can be several outlets. You could be brilliant at writing and teaching, but require an obscene amount of effort to be considered halfway decent with the violin.
But if you work at it hard enough, with enough enthusiasm, you will get the results. I’m certain many people wouldn’t doubt your brilliance, wondering at the seemingly effortless transition from amateur to pretty darn amazing (assuming they didn’t hear you in those early days).
Some tasks necessitate more work than others, and sometimes the required effort can seem so daunting, that the idea is allowed to drift away. It is deemed improbable, impractical and at times impossible.
Well that idea you let pass you by may have been your ticket to fame and fortune. It may have been the stepping stone to getting yourself made. It could have made you really really happy.
Achieving the seemingly impossible does wonders for a person’s sense of self. That added confidence can only result in a world of good; morally, socially and economically.
Because that is ultimately what this (post) is all about; how exploring avenues, and testing your own capabilities can make you cold, hard cash.
Here is The List, where steps are written in order of their execution to yield satisfactory (any) results:
- Define your purpose for living (determine what you like and what want to be great at) Try that thing, in conjunction with other ‘likes’
- Figure out what you are gravitating towards, and put in the effort (this will always mean put in the time…turn off the television/x.box/mobile…and get to work).
- Explore the possible outlets for said passion, through an ever expanding resource (Internet) and consult people who are veterans in the field (or anyone who is older than you with a modicum of common sense)
- Generate ideas, find/build a team, and fly with it (you can also fly solo, but really everyone needs a wingman, and someone to put on the kettle)
There will be a time of experimentation, disillusionment and loss. But there will be more times of triumph, gains and a general sense of well-being.
Taking the time to develop your innate talents will do that to you.
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