Gibson Guitars recently announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because of an overwhelming amount of debt. Most of the debt came from launching into electronics which was a huge fail and lowered its earnings while increasing the debt. Gibson’s niche is guitars and other musical instruments and they’ve done well at that for over 100 years. But for some reason they decided to add to their product mix and try something different. It ended up being a poor decision for them.
Sometimes branching into new territories can pay off. We may develop a new skill set, discover that we enjoy a new hobby or find fulfillment. However, many times, by dabbling into something new, we spread ourselves too thin and take away valuable time and energy from our primary purpose.
Being authentic to who we are and owning that is really important. Realizing that we can’t be all things to all people is a valuable lesson. We have to focus on those things that are truly unique to us and that allow us to thrive. We are all created with specific callings that we must develop and cultivate. Dabbling into other areas at the expense of our calling/purpose can be detrimental.
Here are a few keys to embracing and being authentically you:
- Know who you are.
- Know your passion and what gives you energy.
- Know your distractions and avoid them if you can.
- Know your strengths and unique skill set.
- Know your value and settle for nothing less.
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~Coletta Jones Patterson
Coletta is an author, life coach, business executive and weekly blogger. Connect with Coletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.