Everyone has gifts–talents that they’ve naturally excelled at since birth. Usually, we find joy in performing activities that involve the use of our gifts. However, somewhere along the way we may decide to abandon our gifts and natural talents in order to pursue jobs that we don’t enjoy and are not skilled at, but we are told that we can make a lot of money. Why?
For example, if you ask a natural born artist why they don’t pursue art, graphic design, media design, writing, illustration, etc. they’ll usually tell you something along the lines of “I don’t want to ruin my passion for art by turning into a job” or “Choosing that as a career path won’t allow me to live the life I want financially”. Both of these statements are understandable, but allow me to provide some food for thought. If you ask most people if they want to be happy in life, they will say yes. As an adult, what you get up and do everyday plays a huge role in your happiness. How do you think you would feel waking up at least 5 days a week to go work at a job you really don’t like for at least 8 hours a day, even if you make a lot of money? Will you be able to advance in this field? It’s difficult to spend time working on your skills for a job that you don’t want to do. You may watch others pass you by for that promotion that you and your family are counting on.
Now imagine choosing a job that you are passionate about. The median salary may not be high but it’s enough to make a descent living. Getting up and going to your job that requires skills that you’ve excelled at since birth and you really enjoy gives you a sense of satisfaction. Imagine that you enjoy your job so much that you don’t mind putting in the extra work to get better at your craft. You continue to climb the ladder and receive promotion after promotion and accolade after accolade. People start to see your natural talents and enthusiasm for your job–you’re becoming a star inside and outside of your office. Your stock is rising. You’re beginning to make more money than you ever thought you would and people are calling you a natural and an expert. All of a sudden you realize people will pay you to travel, lecture, and/or work for them independently on the side. All of this is possible for the person who identifies their gift.
Remember, there are a lot of factors that go into success. It’s not just gifts and happiness. It takes, focus, grit, work, and determination, but choosing a profession that requires skills you naturally excel at and are happy to wake up and do each morning will help you in the long run. The goal is to find a path that feels less like a job and more like a calling.
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