Success is not what people always think it is. As a result, success can be an elusive target to hit. Many people want to be successful, but they aren’t willing to do what it requires.
Success is not a one and done thing. It takes a combination of things working together over time to produce the desired result.
Here is a process for what will get you to achieve your goal of success.
It is important to determine what it is that you do well. But sometimes we don’t discover what it is we do well until later in life.
A talent is really discovered through how what you do meets others’ needs. When you find the intersection between what you like to do and what others need, then you have found your talent.
I didn’t realize that I liked to write until I started this blog more than two years ago. I liked writing, but I didn’t realize that I had a talent for writing until I found how others were ministered to by my writing.
You can find the same thing in your life if you are willing to make the investment of time on behalf of others.
2. Hard work
Hard work is the process through which you rub off the rough edges of your talent. It is only through using it with effort that you become “talented.”
Your latent talent becomes refined into a skill when you apply it through hard work. Only through that applied effort will you get to the point of feeling you have developed a skill.
I found that I was a good writer when I worked at it. By consistently showing up to write 3-4 days a week I found that I truly had a skill.
You can do the same thing if you are willing to put in the time over the long haul to refine your talent into a skill.
It takes time and effort to hone a skill into a craft. Talent plus hard work plus persistence makes a craft—and a successful person.
Your success will be determined by how much you can apply what you do well to the point that you can consistently bless others into a way that ministers to them.
I realized I found I had a craft when I saw people consistently getting something out of my writing. It wasn’t just a talent or a skill; it was now a craft.
You can do the same thing if you are willing to discover your talent, work hard to refine it, and use it for the benefit of others.
A life lived out in service to others will provide the kind of meaningful and lasting success worth having—and worth working for.
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