Leo Diaz

Sharing insight on life, productivity, and the pursuit of our creative calling.

Highway Reflections: Two Questions To Start The New Week

I’m spending the next 8 days tucked away in a cabin with the family in the picturesque mountain-scape of Northern Georgia/Southern Tennessee. About 45 minutes south of Chattanooga.

While on the way up here today, between the customary breakfast at Cracker Barrel, an emergency stop for a vomiting nephew, and the Atlanta highway debacle, I thought of two questions to pose for today’s post:

1. What are you good at?

2. And what do you do once you figure that out?

Depending on where you’re at in your individual path, these could be two of the toughest questions you’ll ever have to answer. So, let me give you a little alley-oop.

Are you obnoxiously organized? A good storyteller? The go-to event planner? The queen of advice? Mr. or Ms. Take Charge? Can you wrap your head around complex problems faster than everybody else?

Maybe you stink at coming up with ideas but have a knack for implementing them.

Maybe you’re like John Nash, minus the schizophrenia, and can see patterns in disorganization. Or you’re really good with your hands. Or you’re as charismatic as televangelist.

The point is to spot what you’re good at and find a way to get an emotionally and spiritually enriching return from it as soon as possible.

Action Steps

Find out where everybody in that sphere is gathering and join them. Get in their head. Break bread with them. Learn all that you can. Get and give feedback. Support their craft. Get involved. Interact with this community as often as possible. Cultivate your work.

Then, when you’re ready, let actual earthling eyeballs see your output. Let yourself be critiqued, constructively and deconstructively. Be misunderstood. Chances are you will be anyways.

The magic of knowing what we’re good at and expressing it in the material world is found in the clumsiness we experience while unraveling it.

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I share ideas, insight, and higher reflections on life, business, and the pursuit of our creative calling.

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