Entrepreneur, Manager, Creative Talent: Fine Tune Your Destiny
What's The Score?
I recently listened to a Tony Robbins CD called "Career: Find Your True Gift". I have a history with Mr. Robbins that dates back to the early 1990's. I was visiting my mother in Arizona and just prior to my trip I found Awaken The Giant Within. I bought the book. I got to Arizona and realized I left the book at home. This upset me because I had really gotten invested in the material and I wanted to know...how do I awaken this giant within? I was ready. I was ripe. I was primed for the self discoveries of my life and suddenly...no guidelines. What a rip! I found myself in a large discount warehouse where the same book was on sale, in bulk, for $2. I couldn't believe my luck.
Only my luck was about to change. We went to the casino near Lake Havasu City. During my escapades at the casino, I fell into the bell and whistle drone of slot machines. About the time I ran out of money, I decided now would be a good time to go looking for that giant within. I couldn't find the book. Apparently, I had sat down at a slot machine...feeding it mindlessly, then wandered away, leaving the book behind. I remembered exactly where I had been at the casino, sort of, and I back tracked my steps. My book was never found. I was frustrated but sincerely hoped that whom ever had been the recipient of this great gift had truly found their giant and awakened it. I went back to the discount bookstore and bought my 3rd copy.
Tony and I go way back. I learned from this encounter that sometimes the self-help guru will have advice that will speak right to the heart of the matter for me. In this case, with the new CD, he brought up a very interesting point of consideration.
What Is Your Gift?
The question that was brought forward was this...What is your specific gift?
1. The Talent (Creative input)
2. The Manager (Managing the material)
3. The Entrepreneur (Marketing guru and visionary)
Everybody has talents in these areas. When we are running our own business or managing our self as a business entity, we have a tendency to do all of these categories. Even when we hate one particular aspect of it. Usually the aspect we like the least, is the aspect we end up spending the most time invested in. When the area we most love...is the one that comes easiest and we neglect it because the other areas are sucking the life force out of our very being.
Knowing this doesn't always allow us to make the changes necessary to support our self in a more productive manner. For me, it is obvious that the creative aspect is what gives my life meaning...it is the fire in my belly and the drive in my waking breath. The entrepreneurial and managerial aspects of my business life? Come on, lets get honest...I do them because I have to do them - I don't have any one else. Can I hire someone who is better at being the manager? Sure, if I can afford that - or better to say "When" I can afford that.
What does it do for me to know that my strengths lie in the creative aspect of my business? It helps me to re-prioritize how I want to experience my day. Having this knowledge gives me the choice to say I will be happier if I am writing 3 hours today instead of balancing my check book for that time. I have a better attitude. I am more productive. I am more creative. I am working at a higher performance level because I am present with my purpose.
I am always looking for ways to see my behavior patterns in a new way. I am always seeking ways to self-manage and be more productive. My hearts passion is to always be doing the things I love most. When I run across a tool that helps me trim the fat and get down to what really matters to me, I take that information and allow it to become a part of my daily activity. Before listening to the Tony Robbins CD, I hadn't thought of separating what was necessary to make my life work into what was making it work well. Now that I have the insight. I get to do it differently.
So, who are you? Where are you placing the focus for your destiny?