Most people tend to fall into two main categories.
There are a lot of people out there who really try to play up their strengths. They do this for a number of reasons, whether it be to feel more confident in themselves, or whether they are simply looking to impress others.
On the other hand, there are also a vast amount of individuals who desperately try to undervalue their talents. This also can be for a number of reasons. One reason can simply be they’re trying to be humble and don’t necessarily want the attention that comes with having certain skills.
However, within this second group, there are many people who simply feel not truly good enough. That particular group is the one I feel like I should focus on today.
There’s a difference between just shrugging people off when they tell you you’re good at something and actually feeling like you are not good at anything.
That second part is what’s problematic. And trust me, I know this sounds cliche and most people don’t really want to hear it, but looking around lately it is something that must be said. Everyone has something they’re good at, whether it be big or small.
There are people out there who will vehemently disagree with this statement. These are the exact people this message is targeting. The people who will want to shrug this off and say they suck at everything and therefore “this can’t be true” are the same people who just don’t feel like they’re good enough at anything to be a productive member of society. Trust me, I get where these individuals are coming from. I also have had countless moments throughout my life, especially within the last year where I find myself saying, and even worse, thinking the same thing.
However, it simply isn’t true no matter how many times you tell yourself it is. I have a tweet that I’ve had bookmarked almost since my twitter account’s creation a few years ago. The tweet shows a kid on stage doing tricks with a yo-yo. He was spectacular.
Some people would say that’s not a real talent. Some people would say “who cares if you can play with a children’s toy.” However, it is a talent.
Not all people will be star athletes. We aren’t all cut out to make it on the big stage in Hollywood. That’s okay. It doesn’t mean you aren’t skilled or you don’t have traits which are valuable in the world. It simply means you have your own unique set of skills, whether it be whistling Mariah Carey lyrics or just being a stand-up individual.
So stop selling yourself short, because all of you out there are great. You just got to realize it for yourselves.