Do You Have Multiple talents?
I’ve said it to people. I’ve had people say it me…You’re a waste of talent. It’s the kind of statement that might make you think. Nobody wants to be a waste. When I think of waste, I think of poor choices, laziness, and ungratefulness.
I’d be OK with not being a waste. But, the paradox is that it’s also a compliment. It means that you have talent to begin with. Talent that others recognize. But, how do you know if you’re a waste of talent?
Because I don’t believe it’s as black and white as not using a skill or gift. It’s not always a simple case of Good Will Hunting – closet genius mopping the floors of Harvard. Use of our gifts has their time and place, and not using them isn’t necessarily a waste. Think saving, not wasting.
Waste often implies misuse. You leave all the lights on in your house, then you’re wasting, when you should be conserving. Best way to conserve your talent is to use it when you’re getting PAID.
Yup, creatives should get paid. The exception is practicing, learning, working for a cause, and doing it for fun, of course. But, saying yes EVERY time a friend asks for a favor is misuse of a valuable gift, unless you’re married to said friend.
1. Our work doesn’t feel like work, it feels like play.
2. Our work sometimes feels “easy”, but trust me, it’s only easy from our perspective. If it were easy to the general population, then people wouldn’t ask you for so many favors.
Think stretching your dollar. Are you one of those people who goes to the mall with $100 and comes home with 2 things? Meanwhile your shopping buddy made out with 3 giant bags of merchandise for the same amount of money? And not just junk, but quality goods he/she found on sale?
Some people just know how to make the most of what they have.That in itself is a talent! (one I wish I had). Deep inside I want to make the most of my money, but I don’t want to do the work. When it comes to talent, it’s deeper than that. It’s not just laziness. It’s fear.
Maybe deep inside you want to learn all you can about your craft, even master it, but you hold back on stretching yourself that far. It feels more comfortable to rely on natural talent. It’s comfortable, and it’s a waste. You’ll always feel like something’s missing. You’ll look at your peers walkin’ around with ‘giant bags’ of refined skills and talent and wish you made out as good as they did.
Maybe you have multiple gifts. Maybe you’re not a one passion kinda person. If this is the case, then the first two kinds of “waste” that I mentioned don’t even apply to you.
The thought of stretching just one little gift to the maximum potential might even sound like torture to you. When combined, those interests create something unique and very valuable.