Success and happiness means finding something you enjoy doing and then building your goals around it. For example, I have a friend who said she loved to bake cheesecakes but she was afraid that thinking she could make a living from baking them was silly. Instead, I told her to write it down so we could brainstorm about how she could make money doing something she liked. We came up with a strategy for her to begin setting goals and creating a success plan and she called me a couple of weeks later and told me she’d quit her job.
She said, “I am baking cheesecakes every day and selling the cakes at twelve dollars each to specialty food stores throughout Ohio.” She began making a good living doing what she loved. She was in control of her life and loving it. What if her cheesecake business had failed? That’s okay, because if you love what you are doing, at least you can enjoy the trip. George Burns said it best, “I would rather fail at what I love than succeed at what I hate.”
Identify Your Talents and Nurture Them
Identify what you want to do and go after it. Assess your talents and then think of where they can take you. Write down the things you enjoy doing and how they might be turned into productive, marketable skills. You do have talents, you know. We all have things that we have a knack for and enjoy doing; those are talents. It is simply a matter of identifying them and developing them.
Do you get along well with people? Then you have a talent that can be channeled many ways – public relations, personnel training, etc. Are you good with numbers? Accounting, income tax preparation, bookkeeping, loan management, and banking are all possibilities for you. Are you musically inclined but not a particularly good musician? How about sound engineering? Band promotion? Record marketing? Jingle writing? What do you enjoy doing? How can you do what you enjoy and make a living at it?
Everyone Has Something To Offer
Most people never nurture their talents, skills and abilities. If you don’t they will never serve you. I believe that each of us came here with something to give the world. Each of us has a unique offering. No one else is going to produce your product, write your book, open your academy. And if you don’t bring your gift forward, if you die with it still inside you, then we all suffer from being deprived of your particular genius.
I heard a minister once say that the richest place on the planet is not some diamond mine or an oil field. It is a cemetery, because in the cemetery, we bury the inventions that were never produced, the ideas and dreams that never became reality, the hopes and aspirations that were never acted upon. Most people take their dreams to the grave with them because they are fearful or they don’t feel worthy or they listen to negative inner conversations instead of creating their own circumstances for success and exercising the power to change their lives. But if you tune out those voices, your talents – no matter how basic – will take you many places. You too have something that you brought to the universe. If you decide to develop what you do well and become a master of yourself, if you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you!