Do What You’re Good at & Love

By: purgatorygolf on February 27th, 2013

From now on, if I post on Wednesday, the subject will probably be motivation, and not golf. Bloggers are supposed to post on Tuesday and Thursday, and 95% of the time I get that accomplished. And sometimes if there is something noteworthy, I’ll write an article on a day other than Tuesday or Thursday.

Today I needed a little pep talk from myself. A reminder, that there are things I’m really good at, like photography. Then there are other things, like Excel spreadsheets, which suck the life out of me. The problem is, I often fall prey to my own arrogance. I think to myself, “I’m smart. I understand these concepts. I can do this, I don’t have to find an expert and pay them!” Famous last words.

When I have to work on a spreadsheet, or even study a new one for that matter, time grinds to a halt. I get knots in my stomach, I clinch my teeth. Yes, I have the intelligence to muscle through it, but not the desire.

In contrast, when I edit a photo, the angels sing. An hour is but a moment. It’s like a meditation, I could be a monk in a cave chanting I am so at peace with the world and myself. And when I’m finished, and look and the image, I’m energized, ready to share it with the world. And to tackle yet another one.

Not so with spreadsheets. After I wrestle one to the ground, the last thing I want to do is jump into another.

So I am reminding myself today. Do what you’re good at, what you love, what raises you up and makes your inner voices sing. The stuff that you know you’re smart enough to do, but hate, get someone who is good at it to help you set it up, so all you have to do is use it. In my case, the dreaded spreadsheets. I still have to review them, but at least I don’t have to build them!

We all have to face things we don’t like. I try to knock one of those nasties off the list first thing every day. Then I reward myself with ‘work’ that I enjoy. I’m so geeky, I even set a timer. After I do something I dread, I’ll set the timer on my phone to 30 minutes of photo editing or writing, because to me that is a joy. Then I go back to things I don’t cherish quite so much.

But today, when I let chasing a spreadsheet design drain me to exhaustion, I had to remind myself, “You may be smart, but you suck at this. Pay somebody else to do it. Go do what you’re really good at, and what you love!”

So I went and created this picture of the sunrise over 15 green to remind myself. Then I decided to share it with all of you, because if I tell the whole world, the pressure is on to keep my word.

2 Responses

  1. Jeffery Passage says:

    Tenna – part of me really like spreadsheets. It’s my life as a CPA. But the other part of my life that really juices me is singing. People don’t believe me when I tell them that I would easily choose singing over golf any day. The point being, I learned music from an early age, took voice lessons when I turned 50, and I’m getting progressively better at singing. Golf has not been as kind to me, despite the money, time, and devotion spent on the game. So, I shall sing!!

    • Tenna Merchent says:

      Thank you for sharing your story. Isn’t it funny the different gifts we are given. Accounting, and musical talent seem so different. But many believe that math and music share a common thread.

      I hope that golf will soon shed a more positive light in your direction.

      I really admire you for taking voice lessons and fine tuning something you enjoy so much.