Stick A Toe in First

I’ve talked to you this week about many things that are good for most people and help them. Some things in life are right for you, and some things in life are bad for you. And, only you know what is good or bad for you. And, you cannot understand that unless you try something that is meant to be good and verifying the results.

There is an 80/20 rule in life, where good things are good for the majority of people, and yet there’s a small portion of the population, for one reason or another that may have an opposite effect. I have friends and family who gets sick every time they take a flu shot. So they do not take those shots. I know some people who have aversions to other things, so they just don’t do them, and that is good for them. 

It is essential to know what works for you and what does not. Then you have to work with those things that work well for you. The thing to remember is that if you’re not sure if something will work for you or not, you have to try it. You don’t do this by diving in head first. You start by sticking in a toe. If whatever your testing feels good and seems to work for you, try a little more. If the thing that you tried gives you adverse effects, then you may want to back away from it. Either way is all right as long as it is your way.

There are many ways to do most things. If one way does not work well for you, you may want to look at alternatives and try another approach. Most importantly do not give up on who you want to be and where you want to go. With everything that is out in the marketplace today, and the ability to reach just about anywhere through the Internet, there are far more ways to get something done than we can imagine.

The biggest thing you should do for yourself is to hone your abilities to research. If you know how to find information, you can find whatever you want or need. Not only that, you will probably find whatever you want or need from multiple resources: multiple sellers, on numerous sites. When you research for things, do not stop at the first item, research what would be best for you.

If you ever need a tip on researching or help trying to find what you’re looking for, please send me a line. You can always get me through the comments section.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.

Know Thyself

It is essential that we actually find out what we need to do in life, and to do this we need to research. We need to research not only what is out there that we could do. We need to research ourselves. Sound a little strange? You would be surprised.

When my oldest son was younger, he wanted to be a lawyer. He wanted to study at Harvard Law. And, he was very gifted intellectually and more than able to do so. Up until about his junior year, he was set to be a solicitor as they would say in England. Then something very unexpected happened. Taking the SAT for the first time, he did very well in English, very well. And, surprisingly he almost aced the math portion.

He was so surprised at how easy math was for him that he decided he would retake the SAT again next year and just ace it. And he did. He is now a tenured professor at a prestigious school on the West Coast teaching the various forms of mathematics and calculus and doing pure research.

The change in mindset would not have happened if he had not by chance done well on an SAT and decided to explore those possibilities. Until then, it was a hidden talent. My question to you today is, what hidden skills do you have?

You may have talents you know nothing about. That’s why they call them hidden. How do you find out about them? You have to do a little research on you. You need to take a few assessments, try new things, and maybe try a few lessons online or at your local community college.

Do not over-invest or spend money you do not have to start with. Yet try things. If you’re really interested in something, ask if you can shadow someone doing it for a day. If you’re curious about something, find somebody who does that job, can take that person out for some coffee and talk to them for 20 min. Do not look at just the things that are fun for you about the job, also explore those things that may not be so fun for you. It is crucial that you know all the facets that go into any gem of a job.

Thanks for being with me and hopefully will meet again tomorrow.