By: Sara Urquhart Photo by: Justin Hackworth
I firmly believe that we’re most successful when we’re doing
the things that make us feel alive, the things that naturally bring us joy. What’s
something you’ve always loved since you were young? What are the things you
enjoyed most when you were in high school? Often we’re led to believe we’ll be
successful in careers that require training outside our natural gifts, and
neglect our innate ability to throw together a perfect flower arrangement or
lay out a beautiful page of text with ease and grace.
I was recently at a location in my hometown where I planned
a regional dance as a high school student. I remembered how I’d advertised for
the dance, arranged for parking and restrooms, planned for food on a one level
of the venue, and the location of the DJ on another level. As I recalled the
details I’d considered, my husband and I laughed to realize I’m now doing the
very same thing. Alt is on a different level and for a different audience, but
the spirit of the work is the same. Planning events is something that’s always
come naturally to me, and something I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed. Using those
skills has allowed me to develop a career and community I love.
Remember that just because something comes easily to you
doesn’t mean everyone can do it. If a skill is especially easy for you, and you
shine doing it, that could be an indication that it’s something you need to
pursue and develop. When you can put your finger on the thing that is your unique gift, own it and protect it.
Develop working relationships and a business environment that support your
personal strengths. Be true to the genius that makes your