Have you ever had people say some version of this to you? “Wow, you’re really good at ‘so and so’” or “You ought to do ‘such and such’ with that!”
In your attempts to act humbly, you try to downplay it. Maybe you say something along the lines of “Oh, that’s nothing. I can do it in my sleep.”
Seriously, I think you know what I mean…
And that’s unfortunate, because you know what? The “nothing” you can do in your sleep is probably one of the greatest gifts you could ever share with others.
It’s just that you tend to take that gift for granted. So you mistakenly assume that each of the other 7 billion people on the planet has the same skills and gifts you have, too.
And you’d be totally wrong.
You see, like it or not, most of us are so self-centered that we assume the rest of the world perceives things like we do. We presume that others should think, see, hear, and act like we do.
One of the many undesirable consequences of this way of thinking is that we tend to shield our brilliance from the world, because we think everyone else shares that same brilliance. And instead, we tend focus on the things at which we think we’re not so good.
I know it sounds kind of bizarre. You may not agree with me, but I think it’s also selfish.
To be straight about it, I’m afraid that I have been totally wrong. You see, there’s something REALLY IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE that I’ve been hesitant to showcase. Not that I don’t see value in it; it’s just that I never really saw it as a big deal. And I didn’t want it to be taken and used in wrong ways.
Let me put it this way…
If five people tell you that you’re a horse thief (and these are people whom you respect and trust), then there’s only one thing to do: Buy a saddle.
In my own life, there have been countless people (definitely more than five) who have recently been “ganging up” and “harassing” me to share the “things I can do in my sleep.” In essence, they’re rooting for me to share my greatest gifts with the world.
So you might say, after a great deal of resistance, I’ve just bought a “saddle” and that means really big changes in my business. And that means really big things are in store for YOU (if you’re ready and willing to go for a ride)!
But to get “seated” in this saddle and go on this ride, I’m going to need your advice and input. And I’m hoping you’ll ride along with me. Because from what I can tell, it’s going to be a really wild ride! But more on that next time. (I need to take some time to collect my thoughts).
To freedom, contribution, and prosperity,
P.S. I’ll be back with more details in a couple more days. But until then, think seriously about the skills, gifts, talents, and wisdom you might be holding back on, simply because you think it’s “nothing” and no one else cares about it.
If you’re willing, please share it with us in the comments, so I don’t feel like I’m the only one here who does this kind of nonsense!