Ken Coleman has a popular podcast about loving what you do and doing what you love. I find the idea of the sweet spot fascinating. He defines it as the crossroads between your talents (what you do best) and your passion (what you love to do most). I strive to help my students find their sweet spot early and then identify a path to reach it. One quick starting points is the 16-personalities quiz. We start there and then it takes countless hours of thinking, reflecting, discussing, and soul searching; and that's only half the battle. The half I can somewhat help with.
The other half is all you. You are the only one that can walk the road set before you, determine if it is worth it. Deep down you know if you want it bad enough. You may not have what it takes yet, and that is ok. If your sweet spot is worth it to you, you will find a way. Your education will fine tune your talents, you have the passion. For putting in the hard work of not giving up on your dream check out this TED talk on grit. There is a book to go along with it, and our library has it. Check it out!
Author and speaker Angela Duckworth defines grit as passion + perseverance. Put another way, caring about something enough to keep trying long enough to make it happen. So let me say it again, you may not have what it takes right now, and that is ok. If your sweet spot is worth it to you, you will find a way. Keep trying, and if that doesn't work, dig deep and try again (and again...). Keep equipping yourself with what you need to get to your sweet spot and do what you love for the rest of your life. Keep plowing. There is no stopping on the road to greatness. There is resting, but not stopping. If you want to know your grit score, check out this handy online quiz and let's talk about it at our next meeting, or leave your comments for discussion below. Get after it! <><