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Have you ever struggled with when you should produce media rather than always consuming it? I know I have.
It is so important to not only fill yourself up with information so you know what you are talking about when you address the masses, but you also have to know where others are coming from, so you can find your unique voice in the crowd of other resources on YOUR topic. But, at some point you have to put your fingers to a keyboard and start typing. Whether that’s writing for you or something else, your talents are crying to come out.
So, when is it time to display your talents, rather than continuing to just read about it?
Here are five signs that it might be time to produce:
1. Are you constantly thinking about one topic?
If you are, there’s a big chance that this topic might be your “genius”? Does it wake you up early and keep you up late? Do you eat, sleep and breathe it? Does it take you over? Are you chomping at the bit to share your opinions on the matter? If so, this is a huge sign that it’s time to produce.
2. Have you thought that you could do it better?
Do you read other’s articles and can’t wait to write your own version just because you know that you could write it better? Apply this in your area of genius, whether it be writing or putting together cars. If you can do it better, it’s time to show your talents off. There’s nothing wrong with being the best at it. Stop limiting yourself because you’re embarrassed to show everyone else what you have to offer. It’s time to get to work.
3. Do you have a talent in one specific area?
You can’t be good at everything, but there’s that one thing that sticks out that you are definitely the best at. Others come to you for your advice in this area. People describe it as your speciality, you pride yourself at having undeniable knowledge in this area of expertise and it’s almost uncanny at how it seems to come naturally to you. Start centering what you do around this area. It will only make you better once you start centering what you do around your strengths.
4. Is coaching others a passion of yours?
When you share information, there is at least a small part of you that tells others because you want your voice to be heard. You feel that your opinion could be a “game-changer”, AND THAT’S OK. It’s ok for your voice to be heard. I used to not be so sure of this because I didn’t want to come across as a “Know-it-all”. But, if you know you are part of the solution, then by all means share what you have to say. The world will be better for it and in the process your voice will make you a better leader. People will start listening and in return will be “followers” of your brand.
5. Do you “own” your topic?
Do feel an overwhelming sense of confidence when you share your opinions on this subject? This might be the most important question, because if you don’t have confidence in it, why will anyone want to read it? I don’t want to read a book full of “Maybe’s”. I want to read a book full of assurance and confidence. And YES, it is ok to have confidence! Does your “book” read of confidence or a lot of unknowns?
What are you ready to produce? You can leave a comment below in the comment section.