How to Find your Talent, Carve a Niche for Yourself and Make it WORK!
Over time I’ve come to observe that one thing about successful people is that they operate in the areas in which they have the greatest strength. They carve a niche for themselves in that particular area and go on to make the best of it.
Successful people tend to ooze confidence. They just know that they are good at what they do and they want to get better.
Now the big question is what is your area of strength?
You see many people tend to think their areas of strength lies in what they studied in the University but over time, it turns out that it is not so….
Take a look at Kemi Adetiba- music/ video director.
Mo Abudu- Media personality
Ali baba- Comedian/ writer
Kiki Omeli- Actress
Tiger Woods- Golf
Mrs Ayodeji Megbope of “No Leftovers”
Bukola – Your hairdresser.
All these ones and so many more are doing so well in their various fields. They are a force to reckon with. And this is because they knew what they wanted and stuck with it. It might not have been profitable at the beginning but it sure is now.
Now there are a number of reasons why people fail to see the beauty in their talents. Permit this long post as we take a look at a few:
Lots of people do not know what their gifts are. If you fall into this category, please ask yourself, “What do I do really well and easily? What do people constantly tell me I’m really good at?” This might take some deep thinking but, trust me, the answer is usually right in your face.
Many others refuse to acknowledge their gifts or even despise it because it comes too naturally, too easy for them. They didn’t struggle to get it, so it must not have that much value. That’s why it’s called a ‘gift’, my brother!
That gift you despise is exactly what I’ve person wishes he has. WAKE UP!
Some simply have the bandwagon mentality. Bloggers trend one day, so they begin to blog, rushing to include “blogger” on their bio on social media. Make-up artists trend another day, so they rush out to buy the newest “BH Cosmetics brushes”… Lots of fashion designers in the gram so they go out and get a machine. “Oh! Everyone is selling something, let me tell too!” Never join the bandwagon! Be different!
For a larger set of people, their talents are not glamorous enough. Some people can sew for “Africa” but their problem is that they cannot imagine being known as a tailor. Some make the sturdiest shoes but would hate to be called a cobbler. They would rather have a 9 to 5 job in a tush environment with an official car and perhaps a nice house too.
For many others, very many at that, it is the fear of “What will people say?”. Taking care of children just makes you happy, it brightens your soul but you reason “What will my mates working in engineering companies think if i start my own creche?”
…and the list goes on and on. No wonder many people are insecure and feel miserable! There is something about doing what you are good at that releases your juices, brings out the best in you and puts a spring in your steps.
I think it makes more sense to find what you naturally excel in – and polish it until it gleams, polish it till you are a pro at it. Instead of spending your time, effort and energy on trying to be merely average? Work on your gift/ talent.
Find your talent, carve a niche for yourself and make it WORK!
Written for Diaryofanaijagirl.com by AYO AL