Bliss is great, but great talent may be better
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
What do you do if your passion is music and you're good enough to play with bands like the Beach Boys -- but you're not good enough to ever be more than a backing guitarist?
For many people, getting on a national stage would be more than enough validation for pursuing their passion. But Patrick M. Kelly decided that while he would never be more than a very good guitarist, he could be a great lawyer. Validation came in the form of a senior partnership with an international firm and president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, among other distinctions.
Kelly, who tells his story in the new book, Masters of Success by Ivan Misner and Don Morgan, believes that following your strengths is more important than following your bliss. How to identify your strongest talents? Kelly suggests looking for patterns -- possibly even obscure or unconventional threads -- as you ask yourself three questions:
* What three accomplishments am I proudest of in my life?
* What three things have other people praised me for doing?
* What specific abilities allowed me to do all of these things?
For Kelly, bliss didn't have to take too much of a backseat: 'I followed my strengths -- and I still get to sit in with the Beach Boys.'