This afternoon I had a self evaluation and discussion with one of my managers. After working through each section of my position description and discussing areas of improvement, she asked the question “What talents do you have that would be of benefit to the organisation”? I thought about this before replying “I like to create”. Recently I spent three days working on our AGM report and updating it. I started from scratch and created the whole brochure ready for printing. It was hard work and I loved every minute of it. I would love to do more work of this kind. However, it’s not the first time I have created. I taught myself how to use photoshop and create backgrounds and elements for use in digital scrapbooking. I sold my creations in online stores. I submitted some of my work to a traditional scrapbooking paper and stamp manufacturer who turned some of it into real paper and wooden stamps. I remember my joy the first time I walked into a store and saw my paper on the racks for sale. I didn’t get rich from this. I didn’t even make enough to pay for a decent dinner. However, I gained immense satisfaction from my achievements. Creating things digitally is something I am good at. I created the graphic above when the Tween was younger. I have this one printed and framed. It used to hang on my wall but it has been taken down for a spell but it will be back up there soon enough.
The point of this post is that we all have talents. Many of us hide them away whilst we go about our every day lives and jobs. We suffer through the days thinking that this is all there is to life and we can’t do what we enjoy and put food on the table at the same time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m not saying to quit your job and start selling your art. (You can if you want though). What I am saying is to use your talents each day. If you can earn your living doing what you love then that is wonderful. If you can’t then it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you are talented in, in your spare time.
What is your talent? Is it singing? Dancing? Adding up columns of numbers in your head? Maybe like me, it is about being creative in some way. Whatever it is, nurture it. Don’t hide it.
Have a beautiful day 🙂