At ten years old I began writing everyday in my journal. I started making guest appearances as a speaker when I was thirteen. I discovered my love of makeup art at the age of sixteen. As a twenty year old college student, I landed my first leading role, as an actress, in a musical. By the age of twenty-five I had written the first single for an album that was nominated for a Grammy. All the while, I maintained a career in human services. At twenty-seven years old, when was asked what I did best, I had NO ANSWER. Unbelievable! Right? How can someone that has tried her hand at all those things not have a handle on any one of them? Is it necessary to chose one thing? Is it possible to be good at all of them?
I am sure you have heard of the phrase “a jack of all trades, but a master of none.” The connotation is you shouldn’t try to do a bunch of things good, when you can do one thing great. I ascribed to that notion until I quit doing everything I loved to pursue the one thing I liked a lot. I spent five years just concentrating on writing songs. I grew to love creating music. To this day, I can go to sleep with a thought and wake up with a song. It sounds like writing songs was my “thing.” Well it wasn’t. I missed being a makeup artist. I missed writing about my life experiences. I was completely confused about what I was supposed to be doing with my life when I realized that everything I loved to do had a place in my life. I was given certain talents as pieces of a puzzle that complete who I am. In my search to discover the “thing” I did best, I uncovered many things that I do well.
As you move forward with this series to discover the thing you do best, start with things you do well. Make a list of the things that you’ve always wanted to try, the things you’ve started and never finished, and of course the thing you do most.