Oftentimes when writing my blog, it starts with an idea. That idea usually stems from some sort of inspired thought then I sit down and let my fingers and the keyboard do the talking.
It feels good when I’m on to something. It feels good when I know that I’ve got something important to say and it right there in my mind. Its times like those that I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned or written with everyone.
Recently though, I stumbled upon a blog that talked about entrepreneurs and all the mistakes they make when they’re just starting out. I won’t lie, it stung. It sucked to think that everything I was doing was for nothing.
All my excitement, all my inspiration and every moment that I sat up thinking about how I could reach more people with my concept. It felt like no one cared.
It felt like I had nothing to offer.
Call it dramatic but I sank into a bit of a depression after that. Trust me, you don’t want to be near a creative individual who feels like there’s no point to creating. It’s not a very pretty sight.
I felt like my world had come crashing down. I wanted to take down my blog, ditch my ideas, and just say forget it. Maybe I could pour myself into my full-time job and somehow make it worth it? After all, what kind of value am I bringing to people anyway?
But that’s not my dream and it’s not the way I see my life going. I had to do something.
I was still pondering on this problem on the drive to work a few days later. That article really had me bugged. I kept thinking “why would anyone listen to what I have to say when there are a lot of inspiring and motivational books, videos, and websites out there?”
But none of those other books, videos, or websites has anything to do with me.
That’s when it hit me. The very thing that I talk about most on my website, the very reason I started my blog to begin with was right there all along! ME!
I have my own way of doing things and no one else can do it like I do.
See, it all has to do with value and the amount you place in something changes the way other people see it. For example, anyone can be hired to do a job. The job isn’t very valuable, and neither is the person doing it. But if you get someone with the right attitude and drive, and desire to do more and take initiative. That person brings value, not only to that job but the company and the individual becomes someone that the employer doesn’t want to lose.
That principle applies to more than just work. What if you want to start a YouTube channel about something that you’re passionate about? How do you add value and set yourself apart? After all, there are hundreds of other people on YouTube talking about the same thing. What makes you different?
That’s the kind of value I’m talking about. When that realization hit me, I remembered the reason that I was doing all of this. It’s because I know I am valuable and I want to bring something to the world that people want to be a part of.
Maybe you have a viewpoint that others hadn’t considered. Maybe you’ve got tips and tricks that no one else is using. Maybe your personal experience helps you to see what your talking about from a brand-new perspective and that has value to your audience because they can’t get that information anywhere else. You’re the only one talking about it the way you are.
The same goes for me. If I didn’t think very much of myself or the things that interest me that make me the person I am, my website and all my creative efforts wouldn’t exist.
When it comes to Ampersand Squared as a concept and as a brand that I’m developing, I am as valuable as they come. No one else could do this but me because it’s my vision. I have a lot more value than I was giving myself credit for and from here on out, I can’t discredit myself like that. One key to adding value? Stop thinking that you have none.
I’m more than good enough! I bring value by using my own experiences and insight to show others that they themselves have a value that they may not know that they have. Jim Rhone taught us to work harder on ourselves than we do on our jobs. Why? Because it’s not the job that makes the difference. It’s you. You and me that bring value to our work, to our creations, businesses, inventions, our passions and so on.
Just like me, your value lies in the things that you love. When you put your heart and soul into something, other people will see that. You begin to connect with like-minded people and they will be inspired because something you’ve done will have resonated with them. That’s how you add value. Bring something to the table that no one else can bring. Easier said than done? Maybe.
So, you work on your faults. You improve. You practice. You gain the confidence in yourself and in what you are presenting because you know you’ve got everything in you to make your thing or things shine like no other.
On the other side of it, your interests and passions and hobbies are the value that’s lying dormant within you until you discover it and use its power to accelerate your life.
Take me for example. When I was a kid I loved to draw and color in coloring books. I loved that the colors were my choice and I could do anything so long as it looked good when I was done. The only limit was my imagination and, because my mother encouraged creativity, there was no limiting my imagination, believe me. Even then, I recall getting mad or upset when I’d accidentally color outside the lines. I was picky about what colors I chose and when I’d mess up, I’d be extra careful after that so as not to color outside the lines again. Let’s face it. As a kid, I was superficial. I was very talented and I wanted things to look good.
But see, it starts with recognizing that there is something there to begin with. Having a talent adds value to your life. There is someone out there in the world right now who feels like they don’t have any special talents. Thoughts like that are what make people think that they are worthless because they feel that they have no…..value. Exactly.
So, when I was old enough to wear makeup, those same fundamentals that I had learned in art were still there but had to be applied in a new way. I wasn’t just drawing and painting on paper anymore, now it was my face. See that talent and that value was already there but I still had to practice and try and fail and develop the skills to know what I was doing. I’m still growing and learning as I experiment and try new techniques and products.
The point is that your hobbies and your talents all make you valuable. But, it is your personal development and growth as an individual that continually further your success.
That’s what Ampersand Squared is all about, remember? Your interests and passions are represented by the ampersand. Take one or all of them and use them to make yourself into a better person. Add value to your passions and they will raise you to a higher power. That’s Ampersand Squared.
Hey, there’s an ampersand in all of us. Never forget the value of yours.