I know the first thing that would pop up in most people’s minds would be the talent show. I don’t remember the last time I watched an episode but I’m sure those who do continue to be wowed by the vocal talents discovered on the show. But let’s spread the net a little wider, shall we?
We all have something we all love to do; an ability that comes out naturally and effortlessly as compared to others. It’s what makes us unique and yet complimentary to one another. Some people identify and exploit their talents early and enjoy its fruits. It takes time for some others; a third party might notice it first and point it out and then help the bearer to fully bring it out.
Unfortunately, some people condemn themselves of not possessing any gifts because they only consider the ‘glamorous’ and well-celebrated abilities as talents. Thus, they bury their ‘seemingly ordinary’ abilities and watch those who are exploiting theirs, wishing they were like them.
There is another group of people who may not necessarily be naturally talented at something but their passion and determination to be excellent at it pays off and earns them some top-ranking spots. Whether natural or learned, there is something we can do exceptionally well and that is our individual X factor.
You don’t have to be in the creative or entertainment industry to qualify as a talented person. Some people are brilliant in their managerial tasks, the eloquence of some media persons would make you fall in love with a language even if it is your native language. Whatever you find yourself doing, don’t be mediocre at it. Keep sharpening and polishing it and be the very best that you can be.
Not everyone would get the chance to be recognized on global platforms for what they do but opportunities avail themselves for everyone to do something with their abilities. Whether in your office, community or country, you can create a niche for yourself if you put your mind to it. Even if you’re an attendant or waiter, your unique way of serving your clients can set you apart and you may never know who you may be waiting on. A simple service well delivered could leave an impressive mark and lead to unexpected doors opening for you.
You might not be the best in your field at the moment but as long as you live, you have the chance to be better. You have an X factor worth wowing the people around you. You may not be able to harness it all by yourself so don’t deprive yourself of greatness by refusing help from capable people. Don’t let anyone kill your purpose with negative sentiments. You are worth something regardless of your background or circumstance. You are a star in your own right.
If no one would give you a platform, create yours and stand on it! Make yourself influential and indispensable. Make your X factor shine.
© Josephine Amoako 2016