For many years I couldn’t identify the IT factor.
That’s the one thing people talk about that you can’t live without and for which you’ll do anything to be successful.
I had a lot of interests and modest talents, but no one focus I obsessed about, let alone believed would allow me to create income.
Teachers and family had told me since 2nd grade that I was an exceptional writer. I just didn’t have the confidence to imagine becoming an author, as in PAID author.
Instead, I applied my talents to my jobs and eventual business, but never allowed myself to imagine developing my them to sell directly.
And, I relegated my time to other priorities and left my discretionary time for writing and design projects. In other words, ‘just a hobby’ status.
Maybe you can relate?
Three things changed all that.
- First, I joined a writing group and began exposing myself to other people’s criticism and feedback. I committed to learning how to be a better writer, took writing classes, and then began exploring how I could offer a writing product someone would buy.
- Second, the internet. Specifically e-books and online publishing, including blogs, Amazon books and the many freelance writing opportunities they provided. Kaboom… in 5 short years the world transformed for creatives.
- Third, I started this blog because I believed there were many more creative people like me, especially Baby Boomers, who had spent their lives NOT doing what their native talent and potential passion could have inspired them to do.
So, if you’re wondering what talents you might have left on the sideline with the subtitle
‘Someday I’ll do …..” I offer some clues to help you discover, nourish and develop them into
an entrepreneurial adventure to love.
- Time, it flies! You sat down to write a short letter or blog post, or maybe editing your photos or making a few sketches. Before you know it, 2 p.m. has passed and you missed lunch. So what!
- Pleasure. That sense of being in the right place, doing the right thing at a particular moment. The nagging to-do list might try to invade your mind, but the drug of pleasure keeps you on course just a little bit longer… or maybe all day? Imagine feeling like this every day.
- Peace. Stresses melt away, doubt takes a long trip without you and you are in a zone where nothing can spoil your moment. You own yourself, your mission and your goals without strife.
- Perfecting is Fun. Editing, tweaking, researching, clarifying…it’s all a game that fills you with enthusiasm. Learning to be better is the highlight of your week. Seriously…you’ll know it when you feel it.
- Energy Explosion! Who needs caffeine? Your energy builds as the project develops. You could work through dinner if it weren’t for your bum needing a break. Or the house getting dark around you.
- Idea Frenzy. It happens. You’ve found a great project idea, which spawns a dozen more ideas and next thing you know, you’re chasing rabbits and catching none. Write those things down and come back another day (more on this later).
- Tribe Magnetism. As a creative person without a purpose I often felt like an outsider, alone in my unique perception of the world. What happened when I made a commitment to my talents, began exposing them to scrutiny and supporting other ‘creatives’? I started finding my tribe and that began a swell of energy and a sigh of relief that I am still unique, but not alone. Creating is a solitary process, yet we need people to share our ideas and energy, people who understand the drive to create as well as the frustration of obstacles and distractions. I found the more I embraced myself as a ‘writer’ the easier it was to find people who wanted to support me.
If you found one or more activities that fit with a few of these clues, I invite you to explore further to see just how far and what direction would be right for you now. The mystery of how to be yourself, embrace your talents and ‘make your mark’ on the world could be lurking closer than you think.
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