Many people that I’ve come across have ascertained what they want in their teen years and have gone forth with the appropriate studies and settled into some sort of permanent job. A good few more, like myself, haven’t had a firm idea on what they wanted to be when they grew up, some of those now earning an income through pursuits very different to what they studied.
I am not geared for academic studies. I find it far too boring. All my skills have been learnt hands-on, either on my own or through courses that offered practical application. Because of this manner of learning, outside of an institutioned box, I have consistently improved my skills quite easily simply through the process of using them. In other words, when I get to experience something that I’ve never tried before, I go at it full tilt by default because that’s the way I unconsciously programmed myself to learn.
Another factor in my continuous learning spree is that I am constantly seeking new avenues of excitement. When my programming learning started to plateau, I went into acting. During that phase, I expanded my massage and healing skills, and so on and so forth.
Over the last twenty odd years, from the age of around ten or so, I have acquired a variety of talents that can be effectively traded for money. The old saying “Jack of all trades, master of none” has been flung my way a few times and, for a long time, I let myself believe it. The truth is very different. While there are still some skills that I’m actively working on, I have mastered many of my others. My programming, massage and healing, writing and acting skills, for example, are extremely masterful and the best in the business. Okay, okay, both my writing and acting are geared for specific variants of the business, both industries being rather diverse. I still reign in the niches that I’ve chosen to wedge myself in.
So what is this post about besides tooting my own horn?
Nothing really. I just wanted to toot my horn and, in so doing, remind you that you’re perfectly welcome to toot your own back. Never allow yourself to be undervalued. And that step starts with recognising your value. The whole concept of modesty is for the birds (and even they turn their beaks up at it!). If you’re good at what you do and you know it, there’s no reason not to let the world know it, too.