Have you ever wanted to become the Mark Zuckerberg of the social media world or the Christiano Ronaldo of the soccer world?
Mark has set a pace for others to follow in the social media world, as has Ronaldo in the soccer world.
However, can I be honest with you?
Not everyone can build a giant social media platform or become a successful football player. You can, however, optimize your potential to become a pacesetter in your own unique way.
Not because the article is flooded with mistakes and in need of editing, but because it’s captivating and has great flow.
When one of your readers asked, “Where did you learn to write?”, you shook your head and replied, “Nowhere.”
There you go. That’s your talent. You were born with it. Simply put, you’re blessed with it.
It saddens me to realize that you’re not a world-recognized writer. You’re not influencing the world with your magic writings. This is a potential that can fetch you millions of dollars if you optimize it well.
At the onset, most recognized writers and authors didn’t write better than you do now. They went through a series of training to get good at it. Yet, you can be better.
You’re meant to be setting a pace for others to follow. You’re a born leader and blessed with what you need to get to the top.
That’s for writing; the same applies to photography, school, running…the list goes on and on.
Unfortunately, you wane daily, in pursuit of what you’re bad at.
How can you harness that potential to become a pacesetter?
Here is a step-by-step guide that takes you through the process, from identifying your potential to setting and maintaining the pace.
Step 1: Identify your potential
Believe that you have a unique ability at which no one else is better. An ability at which you’re exceptionally good. Then study yourself.
What makes you happy? What feels like fulfillment while you’re doing it? Identify that one thing on which you hardly make a mistake. It’s most likely the easiest to-do on your list.
Did I just hear you say “sleep”? Oh, no! Don’t go there. Get back on track.
What do people admire and envy about you? This requires careful and critical study.
To ease the task, pick up your writing material(s) right now, and answer the following questions:
- What do you love doing?
- Is there an ability for which you’re often commended? If so, what is it?
- What is your dream career?
Have you written down the answers? Next, brainstorm on them and pinpoint the activity at which you have never made a mistake or that you never get tired of doing.
There you go. That’s it. Remember, it may take weeks or even months to arrive at the right answer. Take your time and don’t be in haste. The moment you have the right answer, you’re halfway there.
Step 2: Build your potential (find a mentor)
If you’re not great at the answer you pinpointed, go back to step one.
If you’re confident about your answer (let’s say it’s photography), read about it and learn the basics. Don’t leave any stone unturned.
Study the best cameras and become accustomed to using them. Master the best angles at which to snap a picture and learn how to use other photography tools.
Find and read about the best photographers in the world. What inspired them and why are they regarded as the best?
Then choose one or more of these great photographers to mentor you. Mentorship doesn’t have to be physical; your chosen mentor might not even know he/she is your mentor.
Just follow his/her works, identify the flaws, and improve on them. If you have questions, find your mentor on social media.
If he/she has a website, use tools like Hunter.io to search for e-mail addresses or use a contact form. The contact form is usually under the contacts tab of the mentor’s website.
Feel free to contact him/her, but be sure to send a short and straight-to-the-point e-mail.
Email template sample:
“Hey [Mentor’s name],
Huge fan of your pictures. I’ve been following your posts on Instagram and I love to snap photos so much.
However, I hit a stumbling block today when trying to … and I’d really love you to shed some light.
It would make my year if you could help with this. Either way, stay awesome.
Your mentee forever,
There is a high probability that you’ll get a reply.
Use all available resources to improve your photography skills. If possible, attend a photography school.
Remember, in this instance, we’re assuming your talent is photography. In reality, you must consider your pinpointed answer in step one instead of photography.
Then move on to step three.
Step 3: Pursue your potential
Now you’ve built your potential. It’s no longer just a talent; you’ve learned more about it and it’s time to practice.
However, don’t ditch your current job. Here is where several aspiring entrepreneurs take a wrong turn.
The moment they have perfected a new skill that can earn them cash, they forget about the other skills they have previously acquired.
There’s nothing wrong with managing several businesses or starting your business without quitting your job. If you have another business, you can always multitask or hire a good manager to manage the former and pursue your potential.
At the onset, forget about getting paid. Snap pictures as much as possible. Go around with your instruments and use them any chance you get.
It’s what you’re good at, so keep doing it.
Then be innovative. Do what typical photographers don’t do. Solve problems using your potential. Technology has made business activities a lot easier to complete. Upload your pictures to Instagram for the world to see.
Inform friends and family that you can take professional pictures. Perhaps you can land your first client from there.
Finally, at the earliest possible time, open a studio and start your photography career.
Step 4: Never quit
Steps four and five are intended to help you achieve your goal by, respectively, becoming a pacesetter and maintaining that pace.
A GoodReads author, Roopleen, said: “The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focused on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.”
I never said it would be easy because it won’t be. Let it sink in right now and make sure it keeps ringing a bell. It’s never going to be easy.
If people who aren’t talented can survive in your industry, you can definitely do much better. You must be firm and persistent. No pain, no gain.
Just because you fail doesn’t mean you are a failure. In fact, failures are blessings. Failure is not only a great teacher but also a stepping stone to success.
Become a pacesetter by making your talent your dream. Chase your dream, stay focused, keep trying, and in the end, it’ll be worth it.
Never be afraid to take a stand and try over and over again.
Step 5: Be disciplined
A dream without a goal is just a dream. Set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. More importantly, discipline yourself and follow through to achieve them.
Face your fears and commit to what you do. You can have only two things in life: excuses or results. Stop saying “I’ll try.” Instead, start doing it.
If you need to wake up early and stay up late, discipline your mind and body to follow through. It’s not easy to become a pacesetter.
The world is full of talented people. At least, everybody has a unique potential. However, only a few achieve their goals. This is usually due to discipline (or a lack of it).
After achieving your goal, suppress your pride and don’t be rude. Live by a good code of conduct. You’ve hit your mark but don’t forget how you started.
You’ve earned it but you need to maintain it. Being a world-respected photographer doesn’t make you a superior being. Other people surpass you in many aspects.
The richer and more popular you become, the more discipline you need to stay at the top.
What have I missed and how did you identify and maximize your potential? Share in the comments.