Are You Wasting Your Talent?

I have three simple questions for you.  If you answer yes to all three, you should probably continue reading…

  1. Are you happy at work?  
  2. Do you have to psyche yourself into walking through the front door of your job or convince yourself not to leave on a daily basis? 
  3. Last but not least; Do you feel like you are wasting your time by working at your job?

If you have answered yes to all three of these questions, then you, my friend, are wasting your talents and if at all possible you should pack up and leave right now.

I know..it sounds scary, but it’s supposed to, right?  I mean, how else should you feel after hearing someone tell you to QUIT YOUR JOB?  Most of us have been taught to go to school, get good grades, go to college and then everything you want and desire will magically appear.  Honestly, that’s a pile of bs.  

Go ask all the people with master’s degrees who are now working at jobs that have nothing to do with their major, if they’re satisfied with the outcome. Go ask the people who are stuck with a company they hate working for and a boss they hate even more, how they feel about being a slave to their student loans.

I know what the opposition will say; “Oh it’s your fault if you waste your degree” or “you’re just lazy”. To a certain extent, those people are right, but let’s forget about those people. Let’s focus on the people who are really doing their best, but it’s not enough or let’s go one step further. Let’s add in the people who followed every step in the system’s playbook, got to the end zone, scored the touchdown, yet they are still unhappy.  

You see the problem here is not laziness or stupidity.  The problem for anyone who answered yes to those three questions above is; WASTED TALENT.

I Believe I Can Fly

So, are you wasting your talent?  Let’s figure that out.  It’s really simple.

Let’s say you’re a good writer. Now, when I say you’re a good writer I’m talking the people read your stuff and say, “damn this is great” type of good writer.  Everyday life puts this type of person in a position where they are afraid to even think about using their talent to support themselves financially.  They can’t afford to dream.  Sound far-fetched?  If you’re still reading right now, this could have been or still is YOU.

Everyone in this world is good at something.  Finding inner and outer happiness is the result of finding out what that is and giving 100% effort toward a goal of seeing how far you can go with it. Look at a guy like Michael Jordan. The greatest basketball player of all time was cut from his high school basketball team.  

Did he give up? No.  He kept practicing and eventually becomes the star Shooting Guard for The University of North Carolina.  He doesn’t stop there though. Next, he moves up to the NBA playing for the Chicago Bulls. He’s dominating teams and embarrassing anyone who dares to defend him.

Then he gets hurt. Broken foot.  No problem.  He comes back and continues right where he left off, even going on to win 3 championships in a row. Several years later his dad is murdered and in a grudge match with grief and as a tribute to his father, Jordan retires from basketball and tries to play baseball, a sport he played as a kid but was not as efficient in. If you know anything about MJ that did not last long.

He eventually answered his true calling and went back to the NBA and after shaking off a bit of rust, he picked up right where he left off.  So why is this story important to you?

Me, Myself and I’m?

You have a talent.  If you are at work and feel, miserable, unappreciated, or get bored easily, then you need to answer your calling just like Jordan did and at least see what you can do.  You may be surprised. I understand that family and life obligations make it hard for some people to even attempt something like this, but you owe it to yourself to really, truly enjoy at least some part of your life before it’s over.  

You have to start to replace some of those his, hers, they, and them, with more “I’M”.  Now, I’M not saying become a selfish person, just saying that being SELFLESS is SELFISH to YOU.

Think about it, we are not here on this planet for long. Before you know it your hair is gray, you have wrinkles on your forehead and body parts hurt when you get up or sit down.  If you’re good at what you do and honestly put in the effort to accomplish your goals, don’t worry the money will come. Any so-called loved one who attempts to keep you from this goal should you choose to set it, loves themselves more than you.

Don’t spend the rest of your life making someone else’s dreams come true.  You don’t have to take your talents to South Beach (Lebron James Joke), but the sky’s the limit when you’re all in it.

Information Links

Broken Foot Will Keep Bulls’ Jordan Sidelined for Six Weeks

Broken Dreams: ’85-86 Bulls Derailed By Jordan’s Injury

MICHAEL JORDAN DIDN’T MAKE VARSITY—AT FIRST

Father of Michael Jordan, NBA Superstar, Found Dead

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