Can you imagine how your life would change if you could solve that riddle? Where is this “place” and what “time” has everyone been referring to?
After a day of way too much brainstorming and a few too many philosophical wanderings, my conclusion is that the time is always and the place is everywhere.
- Opportunity never stops, it just evolves. Our job is to see it and pursue it.
- No matter where you live, what you do or who you want to be… your chances are greater when you focus on and pursue your desires. The alternative is to sit idle… become stagnant.
- Opportunities present themselves in many forms. When we are open to those many forms, it is easier to recognize them when they come our way. Leave the preconceived notions of a “perfect opportunity” behind.
- Disappointment is your friend… it forces you to move on. These moments of truth can become your best chances to recognize and embrace a new opportunity… so stay open! The more time you dedicate to focusing on the bad – the less time you focus on point #2.
Strengths and Clarity
I’ve been exploring some concepts lately around career development and potential as they correspond to a person embracing their strengths. For reasons that I will eventually discuss, the topic is at the center of a pretty exciting project that I’ve been engaged with.
As someone who has dedicated their professional career to talent acquisition, the concept of strength alignment definitely perks my interest. It makes me consider a few things:
- How many people who are outwardly miserable dedicate to professions that fall outside of their passions/strengths?
- How could a person’s life improve if they were given a path to capitalize on their main strengths?
- How many high achievers have you met who did not fully embrace their inner talents?
Whether you are hiring someone or advancing your own career… exploring how long-term success and personal strengths operate together seems like an important topic to consider – really important!
It might seem all fluffy and idealistic to think that we can all achieve more and accomplish our dreams… but is it? Perhaps our reluctance has everything to do with our inner fear of rejection – the risk of striving for something and falling short… the potential embarrassment we will face by failing to accomplish our dreams. Perhaps it has to do with the perceived complexity of identifying what we are good at and figuring out how we can funnel those talents in a constructive direction.
Just remember, dreams are like Play-Doh – they can morph and change as much as you want them to. Natural talents, on the other hand, are a part of who we are… starting with these key elements, we are able to build a huge array of potential dreams and desires.
Build a dream, pursue that dream, fail, build another dream, add water, repeat. The likelihood of you living in a van down by the river is pretty low… so, take some risks.
Talent Meets Opportunity
I had a point… so, let me get back to it.
Timing is one part, but talent/strength alignment is the other. The likelihood of a person recognizing an opportunity goes way up when they are dedicating to something that they are skilled at or passionate about. I’ve seen this in my own life and I see it in the careers of the many people I encounter.
I don’t know what the true answers or conclusions are to all of these mental wanderings… I suppose that it’s just some food for thought. Perhaps it will spur something that leads you to something greater – perhaps it won’t.
I’d love to know what you think about the topic.
How do you see talent manifest itself… cause major change… impact a person’s life? Do you think that people tend to do what they are good at or what they find a job in? How can we change all this and open doors?
Photo Credit, Michel Filion