As a business owner, I often feel like I am using every single one of my talents to run and grow Her Corner. And when it’s going well, I feel very proud of everything I’ve accomplished. But sometimes I also feel a little bit guilty about how much fun I’m having.
I have always struggled with loving work so much that I give my business more of my time and talents than I give to my family and friends. Why? Because it feels *awesome* to see it all come together. I am energized and excited by what we’re building. I love feeling like I’m using every single talent I have in the right way at the right moment.
Recently, I found out I was wrong. I was reminded that my business talents are not the only talents I have – and that I need to keep things in perspective.
My come-to-Jesus moment happened, appropriately enough, while listening to the Reverend Lorina Marshall-Blake at a Philadelphia NAWBO event.
She opened up her presentation with a quote from Erma Bombeck:
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
And in that moment, I realized how easy it is to only use the talents I’m recognized for while neglecting the ones that I’m not thanked for, that don’t pay the bills, and that don’t show an immediate return.
For example, I am really good at playing with my kids – creating make believe stories, imagining crazy scenarios, and just being silly. But I don’t do it all that often, even though creating strong relationships and fun memories with my kids will pay dividends in the years and decades to come. So I’ve decided to start using those talents on a more regular basis.
What talents can you use more often to be happier and healthier, whether at home or at work? I’m willing to bet the investment will be worthwhile.