I’m sorry for the title of this article, because nobody cares about your talents or your special skills. Nobody wants to know how friendly, humble and generous you are and that you never forget your mother’s birthday. Nobody cares how much effort and time you’ve put in developing yourself to be the great woman or man that you’ve become. The only person who should care about living your life in abundance and doing your thing, is you! For as the rest of the world, who cares? We just want our needs met and our problems solved! Do you maybe, like cooking? Nobody wants to hear how good you are at preparing your favourite meal, or how many hours you can elaborate on your extensive knowledge of new world wines, just prepare us some dinner and fill up the glasses, because we are hungry!
What do you love to do?
Take a piece of paper and make a list of all the things you love to do. It doesn’t matter at this point whether you’re good at it or not. Just write down what you love to do and what gets you out of bed in the morning!
What do you do well?
Make a list of all the stuff people have always praised you for. There must be a few things! The tricky thing here is that these skills go so naturally and effortlessly for you, that you may barely be aware of your own talents. So go ahead and ask your friends and colleagues what you do well, because they’ve seen you do stuff that for them takes lots of effort and struggle!
What solves other people’s problems?
Please remember, we are very hungry. We don’t care about your thing, we just want our needs met. Which problems do you want to help us solve? That doesn’t mean you need to help end a war (although it would be much appreciated), but can you maybe make people laugh? Can you make funny videos, do standup comedy, or is there another way you can help us smile?
To find out more about your unique skills, so you can make a difference in this world and build your work and life around it, have a look at the picture above. Your thing lies in that special zone where what you love to do, what you’re good at and what solves other people’s problems come together. This is in no way the holy grale to finding your purpose in life, but it can help you to become more aware of what matters to you the most. And to act on it, because doing your thing means action, not words! Anything that you love to do and you do well, we’re eager to let you help us out. But remember, we are very hungry!