The problem with being good at things is that it can provide a safety net that inhibits you from reaching your true potential. Sometimes when you’re good at something, you don’t pursue things you’re great at. You don’t chase after things you’re passionate about because your ‘goodness’ has created a safety net.
- I shouldn’t look for another job because I’m good at this one (even though I don’t really like it).
- I want to learn how to ski, but my parents tell me I’m so good at the piano.
- People have always said I’m a good fiction writer, but I’d like to try poetry.
Do you see how being good at something can actually hold you back from your fullest potential?
I’m amazed at the number of people who suffered a job loss and turned around to start their own company doing work they love. You know what the problem was? They were hiding behind something they were good at that kept them from taking a leap to try something they were passionate about.
Don’t settle for the status quo just because it is safety.
Try something new – today.
Think seriously about the worst case scenario. Most times the worst case scenario isn’t even that likely to happen. But, what if it did? You might spend a few weeks or a few months cleaning up a mess. But, if it works, you might spend a lifetime doing something you love.
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How has being good at something held you back?