For many years, I suppressed my dream of being a writer. I made every excuse imaginable to stay in my comfort zone. But before I could break through my self-imposed limitations, I had to listen to my life to know exactly what I was fighting.
How do you get great at something, maybe anything? One of the biggest myths I see people, especially writers, believing about growing in their craft is that it’s all about practice. Sorry, but that’s just not true. There’s more to it than that.
This is the second lesson of an eight-week book study I’m hosting live on The Art of Work. Be sure to join the book study so that you don’t miss next week’s lesson, and join the conversation live! Also, if you don’t have a Facebook account, we will post the replays here the day after.
Many people I talk to ask me how they can make a living doing the work they love to do. They are enthusiastic, skilled at their craft, and passionate about what they do. So they’re normally surprised when I tell them they need more than passion and skills to succeed.
“Become yourself. It happens once in a lifetime.” –Switchfoot
Last week, I was speaking at a conference for young accountants. I know, when you think of Jeff Goins, the first thing that comes to mind is accounting. But there I was, talking to a group of a few hundred people, terrified they were going to ask me a math question.
Anyway, I was sharing with this group why finding your purpose is essential to the journey of success, and someone asked me, “Is it better to focus on your strengths or pay attention to your weaknesses?”
My answer? Neither.