I recently spent a lot of time asking the question, what makes rock stars more successful than other people? From all the research I conducted I boiled it down to some basics, they usually have a God-given talent and they spend all their free time honing their craft. I would go even further and say that they also have tons of passion and an unwavering desire to be discovered. When I look at the average person I notice that most of them lack passion, desire and focus but all of them have God-given talent.
The problem then lies, in my opinion, with not being able to identify their unique talent. Usually this is because they feel that the things that come naturally to them aren’t so special. Maybe nobody told them they had a special skill. It could also be that they couldn’t find a way to make money with that particular talent fast enough. So instead they went to college to learn something that would pay the bills. How many times have we heard the stories of parents telling their children that they should give up on their dreams lest they become “starving artists”?
I do believe that we are always exactly where we are supposed to be at any given time. I wanted to be a rock star but what I lacked was talent. It was not my lot in life to sing or even play an instrument as I tried several and never found practice to be fun or enjoyable. My parents laughed at us and my mother ultimately told me to take typing so I would always have something to fall back on.
It may have taken several years in many different jobs and industries to figure out what my natural talents are, but luckily I was able to see a common thread. I now ask my clients to look back at their different jobs and see if they can see a pattern. Is there something that they were always asked to do because they were so naturally good at it? Do people come to them with questions about a certain thing over and over again? What were some of the things that they would stay up late into the night doing just because it was rewarding to them? Usually answering these questions will unlock their true passions and God-given talents. This is where they should be putting their energy.
I will guarantee that anyone who first finds what it is that they were meant to do, then spends every chance they get honing their skills around that one thing will be super successful. Because when you are working on something that you truly love and you throw yourself into it completely you will be discovered!
If you are interested in getting some ideas of how to Plan 2016 Like a Rock Star, check out my video here!