November 12, 2021


What’s your gift?  The thing you can do better than anyone else.  The thing you can’t help but do, even though it’s not what you get paid for?

Perhaps you feel guilty about wanting to be paid for using your gift on behalf of others.  Perhaps the people you’ve met so far don’t value it, so you assume nobody will.

It seems to me that for the moment at least, life is about finding a balance between exercising ones talents, and making enough money to live on, and there are at least two ways to achieve this.

  1. You can earn money in a field that doesn’t involve your gift, and exercise your gift outside it, when and where you can.
  2. You can invest time thinking about what your gift really is, who lacks it, and who needs it most right now – to the extent that they will be more than happy to pay you for it.

Option 2 is always worth trying, because the worst that can happen is that you’re back to option 1, but the potential upside is that you get paid handsomely by people who appreciate your gift – perhaps even handsomely enough that you can give some of it away to those less fortunate.

Leverage doesn’t have to be selfish.

Thanks to the cool women at this morning’s Like Hearted Leaders for prompting this thought.