You may be saying, “You don’t know me. I don’t have anything I’m good at.” You can say that until you’re blue in the face, and I’ll never believe it. Why? It’s simple. I’ve been there and done that. I’d say at one point in our lives everyone has felt like they’re not good at anything. It’s time to get over that negative self-talk and move on to finding that talent that is buried within you. There are several ways to find out what your expertise is. Of course, if your opinion is that you can’t do anything, don’t rely on yourself for impartial judgment on that. You are, however, a good place to start. Will you be good at everything you try…of course not! No one is good at everything. You can find what you are good at though. Maybe you love the theater. You may have a life-time dream of being an actor/actress.
The problem is…you can’t act. Acting is a talent. You either have it or you don’t. Sometimes you can take every class or training course there is in a subject, and know that you’ll never be more than mediocre at it. Does that mean you still can’t work doing something you love? NO—you just have to look at the alternatives. Maybe you’re a good organizer and planner. Maybe that dream you have of being an actor/actress gives you a vision. Instead of wasting money on acting lessons, you can train to be a director. If you like to like writing, maybe you can write scripts. Maybe you’re a master builder and you can build stage sets. I’m sure you understand what I’m trying to tell you. Take what you’re good at and work it into something you feel passionate about. Then, you’ll enjoy your work. You’ll be better at it, and feel better about yourself. This book will help you discover what your talents are and teach you how to take those talents and monetize on them. Make money doing something you love.
• What are you good at?
Life doesn’t come with instructions. There’s no genie that’s going to pop out of a bottle and tell you what you’re good at. You have to figure that out for yourself. Often it’s a process of trial and error. Ironically, we find out what we’re good at many times by eliminating what we’re not good at. We learn from our mistakes as much as we learn from our successes.
It’s up to you to take the first step.
You have to decide that you know you’re good at something and start down the road to determining exactly what that something is. You have some skill that you’re passionate about that you can turn into profit. It’s time you set out to find it.
To begin the process of determining what you’re good at, write everything down. Get a piece of paper and a pen and start writing down anything you do well. The key here is to not forget the little things. Everyone knows if they’re good at big things, like the singing example used earlier, but the little things are often neglected. Are you a good listener? Do you work well with people? Are you an organizer? Are you good with numbers? Do you like planning things like parties? Are you compassionate toward others? Do you have a hobby you’re good at? Maybe you’re good with languages. The list is practically endless.
Maybe there’s something on your current job that you’ve been told you’re good at. Does your supervisor ask you to head committees? Have you never been short on your drawer if you’re a cashier? Is everything cleaner when you do it? Maybe you’re good at seeing the overall picture and spotting errors quickly in print or lists of numbers. I’m sure you’ve been told by your supervisor or a fellow employee that you’re good at something, even if you didn’t believe it at the time, write it down. In this particular step in the process, it doesn’t matter if it’s something you’re passionate about. Just tell if you’re good at it. Don’t shortchange yourself! Little things matter.
Don’t just assume you can’t answer this question immediately that you’re not good at anything. If you can’t identify things you’re good at, write a list of everything you do each day, on and off the job. They go back and look at each one and if you don’t have a problem doing it, then you’re good at it so write it to the list. Ask someone you feel is a trusted friend for ideas. Often your friends know you better than you know yourself. Hey, I figure if my friends know me for who I am and love me anyway, I have to have a few good points, right? You do too. Let them help you get the list started.