The Forum: What Do You Think You Do Best?
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
That was a question posed to me by two prospective investors in Worthwhile magazine.
I was prepared for a lot of questions, but that wasn't one of them. So like a Rorsharch test-taker, I blurted out the first thing that came to mind: 'I'm good at seeing patterns.'
Immediately, the cartoon bubble over my head flashed: 'I can't believe I said that. What a jerk. At best, I sound pretentious; at worst, like I spend my days lying in a hammock.' Truth be told, 'seeing patterns' is probably not the answer I would have given had I had a chance to reflect and consider choices.
Yet, in fact, it's what I consider to be what I do best. And the things that enhance that perhaps-dubious talent -- talking to people, reading, observing and putting it all through a mental blender -- are what have always come naturally to me. It's also what I like.
How many of us downplay or are even embarrassed by what we do best? How many of us fail to consider that what we do naturally is what we should do with our lives?
(Incidentally, they invested.)