Yes, one of my “aha” moments and I call it blessed.
Some years ago, I went for a job interview at a top corporation and the interviewer who wanted to know more about my expertise, asked: “How come your skills are so diverse? How do you merge law with technology? Oh, you are a jack of all trades.”
I looked at her and was about to give her a piece of my mind. I really wanted to tell her where to shove it but then, I didn’t want to lose my salvation 🙂 (and boy, I needed the job) and calmly said, “no I’m not. I’m just a quick learner with an inquisitive mind; someone who is not afraid to learn new things and put them to good use.”
That was an a ha moment for me because I realized how blessed I was (and I am) to be able to multitask, focus, utilize my skills and expertise to help others achieve great things.
I’m not blowing my trumpet (well, I can boast in the Lord) but I’m thankful to God that I’m not insecure. I realized that I had just encountered someone who had not met a child of God born for signs and wonders. The world expects you to be one way, one direction and to be complacent, but that definitely isn’t me.
That situation became the tipping point for me. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The Tipping Point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. – Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
I said to myself: “Hey, I’ve got something good going on here. I will not take for granted the gifts the Lord has bestowed upon me. They are unique and I must use them. I am blessed to teach and coach people on how to take the next step and improve their lives.”
A big change occurred as a result of that small event.
It was a divine moment for me – a wake up call. In this case, my desire and commitment to be me intensified. It had definitely crossed the threshold of complacency and tipped over to total emancipation, not just for me but for others too.
Why am I sharing this?
I’m telling you because things people think are negative about your professional life or think you overdo, perhaps that’s where your God-given power, great idea or the key to unlocking your freedom is.
Think about it.
Someone thought she could define me because of my diverse expertise (law, digital business, publishing..). Perhaps she saw it as a negative point but she didn’t know this:
Diversity of intellectual playgrounds breeds confidence instead of fear of the unknown. It also breeds empathy with the broadest range of human conditions and appreciation of the broadest range of human accomplishments. – Tim Ferris, Author of The Four Hour Work Week
Maybe you have been disappointed in your career or professional life a few times, you believe the naysayers and you’re just about to give up.
Listen: You know your worth and the experience and skills you have acquired. Put them to good use. Don’t allow someone’s perception of you to derail you, make you hide your talents and tie yourself to a corner.
Perhaps this is the time for you to use your skills and expertise and consult for corporations or government. Can you do that? Of course you can. It starts with believing that you can do it and with the right information and God on your side, you will succeed. Knowledge is power.
You have an idea. You have reached this point. Now, what are you going to do about it? Let it disappear into thin air for someone else to do and you later wish you did it?