Your gift is the thing that you do the absolute best with the least amount of effort
That is your gift. Your gift is the thing that you do the absolute best with the least amount of effort.
Steve Harvey encourages people to take life risks and jump
Harvey’s Jump was recommended by someone I got talking to on the beach. I was telling him about my decision to leave my job in London for a sunnier destination. He said I was living the dream that most people can only think about and recommended Steve Harvey’s latest book. In Jump, Steve Harvey encourages people to take life risks and jump into something different that may lead you to be happier than your current situation. In chapter two, There Are No Straight Line In Nature, Harvey writes:
Your gift is the thing that you do the absolute best with the least amount of effort. This is your gift.
Of course, it got me reflecting on what my gift is. Often other people see qualities in me that I do not see myself, so I did some more soul searching. In the Pursuit of Happyness post, I wrote about my move and when I arrived in Nevis, I wrote about the reason for my decision to live on this little rock for a while. Whilst I feel lucky, the decision was the reaction to a series of bereavements that left me in emotional turmoil and unsure about my direction in life. Have a read of the series:
Rather than continue of a route of self-destruction and confusion, my approach to my confusion about future, is to quit things that are no longer good for me. It’s as if Harvey is speaking about my life in his latest book. He talks about people who are afraid to quit their job or who dream of living in the sun. He goes on to say that even if people stay in the same position and are comfortable, they are only existing and not living. People work in jobs and yet are still broke. Others worry about leaving employment so that they have good credit, yet can’t afford to buy the things that will make them happy.
I would be lying if I said I don’t think that everyone who dislikes their job, career, course, location or relationship – should quit and pursue their dreams. I did it and it has been one of the best decisions I have made. Before I resigned, I had no idea what I wanted to do, a few weeks after; I had a handful of business ideas that I wanted to develop. Just by resigning, it gave me clarity and freed up some brain space; all before I’d even left my job. Before my last day at work, I used my network of colleagues to do some research for what will be ‘Hair POP’ (watch this space people).
The Richest Man in Babylon
Most people say they want to ‘Do A Dom’ (as my mom calls my move, we are still working on an acronym 🙂 ) however, the fear of finances stop them from jumping. I’m not rich in money but I am rich in happiness. I read The Richest Man In Babylon and it taught me so much about how to manage my finances and to work for towards what I want. Here are a few things I learned:
- Don’t be tempted by your desires to get quick rich.
- Control your expenditures and don’t have more desires than your earnings can gratify.
- Invest into something that will make you a return.
- Learn from those in the trade you want to pursue.
- Study carefully before parting with money that you are going to invest, and ensure you can reclaim it.
- Most of all, fatten your finances and save at least a tenth of all earnings.
This book taught me that a person who won their riches never kept it because they did not work hard for it. There was a guy who won the lottery and spent all of the money.
Clason says, the more wisdom we know, the more we can earn. He advised people to learn their craft and work hard in order to be richly rewarded, to be more persistent in our efforts to get results.
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