No, I’m not talking about a Christmas gift. It’s the talent or skill that’s obvious to everyone else except you.
Sitting on a goldmine
In addition to musicians, I have a lot of friends who are speakers and entrepreneurs. Every once in a while, I’ll see or hear something that makes me think “She’s sitting on a goldmine and doesn’t even know it.”
The problem is that the person isn’t seeing the possibilities. Let me give you some examples:
1) The singer who doesn’t have the strongest vocals but dang! The girl can write! In fact, her songs scream “Hit.” Do you have any idea how much she can make if she licenses and sells her tunes? Ka-ching!
2) The former athlete turned writer who has a few books but isn’t making much money. Hello! This is the makings of a million-dollar coaching and speaking business. Her topics are in demand right now in 2 specific arenas.
3) The music teacher and the coach who need more clients and a steady stream of income. I thought of 2-3 ways to do this that they never considered. They were clinging to the old way of doing things.
The truth is that you don’t know what you don’t know. We all have blind spots.
What gifts do you bring?
In the Christmas tune, “The Little Drummer Boy,” the boy knew that others had some amazing gifts to bring to the newborn baby Jesus. All he had was a song to play on his drum.
He didn’t give up because the others had more impressive-looking gifts. Let’s face it: It’s tough to beat gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The drummer boy didn’t think about what he didn’t have. Instead, he decided to share the gift he already possessed.
Imagine if he waited until he could design a portable drum kit with cymbals, had better skills, or waited until he had other musicians to join him. Yes, the song would have been more interesting but he would have missed the opportunity.
Sometimes what you think is small and insignificant is exactly what you need to put out there. You don’t need to wait until everything is perfect. You might just need to re-frame things or package your talent or services a bit differently.
After drumming helped me heal from a freak accident, I began seeing ways to use drumming to help others. My bank account was completely depleted, however. I then received a scholarship to Remo Percussion’s Health Rhythms training program. Thanks to generous benefactors and a local drum shop, I was able to purchase the gear in the above photo. I now offer therapeutic drumming to kids and adults and I share my story and the joy of drumming with others. What gift do you need to share?
Wishing you the magic of Christmas and many blessings! If you need any help finding your gifts or expanding your reach, click here and let’s connect!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area. She’s a percussionist and drum therapist, mentor, coach, inspirational speaker, and podcast host. Dori is the owner of Rock the Next Stage, Next Stage Entertainment, and Next Stage Drumming. Dori is also the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. Dori also drums with the rockin’ band at New Horizons Fellowship in Apex, NC and will be rockin’ out on Christmas Eve. Come join us!