Everyone has the ability to be competent at anything they set their mind to understand. I have a strong belief that we are all capable and intelligent. All we have to do is make an effort. Now not all of us will be great at what we set out to study but at a minimum if we work hard and persist we can all at least be ‘entry level’. You may not want to be a doctor or an artist, we all have a disposition and talent for different things. That is what makes us all so unique and allows for some of us to be prodigies. But underneath it all is the will and the dedication to be the best you can be.
Being unemployed has made me take a look at myself and what I want to do next with my career. Luckily I have a supporting husband who has time and again told me not to apply for a job I don’t want. I usually listen except for the days when we get bills in the mail. But I have had time to asses what is important to me and what is not. For instance, going back to a 9-5 sitting in a boring grey or brown maze of cubes is not on my list of priorities. Unfortunately I have a bachelors in Finance and most common jobs in that field require me to sit in an extremely boring environment. I don’t want a boring environment. I could handle a finance job if it were in a creative environment but not in a stale one. And that is hard to find.
I have spent time thinking about going back to my creative roots. Growing up with an artist for a father let me see into the politics and sacrifices there are in the industry when you’re an artist, even a good one like my pops. And with no training, I’m not a good artist. I love photography and making stationery. I even started a store on etsy to sell my handmade greeting cards. It’s certainly fun and lets me vent my creativity but it’s not lucrative. And I’m vain enough to admit that money is important to me. Finance major remember? So I have had time to focus on my next love, writing. Again, I don’t think I’m a good writer but I feel I’m a competent one.
With no training or experience I think I have potential. Even being the positive person I am I don’t often say that about myself. So I have found something I enjoy and something I might have some potential in. Now it is time to set my mind to it and study the craft to enhance my skills. Hopefully moving myself from competent to good, maybe one day being great. If I ever get published I will consider myself a success.
In the eyes of someone who always tries to look on the bright side of things, if your like me and you are looking for something new in your life trust your heart. You have the ability to do what you want. It may take a lot of blood, sweat and tears but if you persist, you’ll make it.
Don’t be competent, be profound.