Do you know that despite the fact that many people complain about the lack of opportunities to express and engage their productive potential, time and chance happens to us all? This implies everybody has time and chances available to them. God is not unfair to give us talents and then deprive us of opportunities to use or display them. What happens with most of us is that we are never prepared for the chances life offers us such that we don’t even recognise when they occur. But isn’t it funny that when chances happen for others, we see them and wish we were the ones in their shoes.
If there’s one thing that we need to do, it will be to learn to always see ourselves as living solutions. If I believe that I am a package of blessing, a channel of delight for others, then I will position myself for service. If we really have been called to an assignment, it implies that there will always be room for us to be productive because we are here to meet or service some needs. As long as those needs exist, then we are needed.
The challenge with most of us is that we wait for problems to come to our table before we attempt to offer solutions. This is not the way it should be. If we are proactive and begin to recognise our talents, develop them into productive and marketable skills, then we will discover that opportunities have always been at our doors but we couldn’t recognise them, talk-less of taking advantage of them. You know, it is what you watch out for that you will take notice of.
How do you expect to be relevant and recognised if you don’t put in effort to develop yourself? It is not enough to have talents; you must be able to put them to productive use if they are to be appreciated by others. For your talents to be productive you must know what you can do with them and that comes through development and preparation for service. Stop waiting for someone to call you, make yourself visible by the solutions you are ready to offer.
One thing I have found to be very ironical is that people don’t want to put in effort to develop themselves yet they expect others to respect their talents. They get disgruntled because it appears their talents are overlooked. What they don’t understand is that talents are appreciated for the solutions people hope they’ll provide and not merely because they exist. When people identify your talents, they are indirectly telling you to do something about it. It doesn’t mean they are automatically giving you approval for a ready platform because you must be tested before you can be trusted.
Many a successful people often joke about being an overnight success, calling that one long night many years of practice and preparation. There’s nothing called luck for an enduring productive and profitable life. Perhaps we can adopt the acronym LUCK meaning ‘Labouring Under Correct Knowledge’. Productive opportunities are open to everyone because life itself is waiting and desperately searching for solution providers. People who will make things better. And if you want to be counted among such you need to move beyond babysitting your raw talents and get into productive development.
You must of a necessity see yourself as a solution provider. Opportunities get missed because we are not even mindful of the problems that exist. If you look for problems to solve, you will find opportunities for service staring in your face. You only need to get yourself ready to provide answers by investing in development, giving time to practice and putting in so much faith in what you do. It will only be a matter of time before you find yourself in the path of life relevance.
There’s a more fulfilling life for you out there; reach for it!