How do you take what you have and make it the best there is? You have to believe in yourself and believe that your God-given gifts can transform your life and the lives of others into what they should be.
In order to become world-class at anything, you have to believe you can become world-class. What is world-class anyway? Chris Gardner, the businessman and focus of the movie The Pursuit of Happiness starring Will Smith, said that being world-class is when your name comes up as the solution to a problem. When people associate you with solving their problem you have become world-class.
To achieve this, you must start with the understanding that you are uniquely qualified to do something special. Then find what that unique ability is and go. Second. Once you understand your gifts and what you have to offer the world, you have to study what you do and make a commitment to become better at it.
It is easy to become complacent when something you do comes easy to you. You may even think you don’t have to sharpen your skills. Let me tell you something. There are several companies that have gone out of business because new, innovative startups came on the scene and took market share from the incumbents.
You have to keep innovating and reinventing yourself to stay relevant, but start with learning all you can about your craft. Then you have to tell everyone what it is that you do and see if you can help someone else be successful. If you’re able to do that, then the people you help will tell others. Those people will tell others.
Then those people will tell others. That is how you start building your reputation and personal brand in your industry by providing value to enough people to get them talking about you. You want to have your name associated with the solution to a problem that a lot of people have as an. I am an adjunct instructor at two universities because I love teaching and I love explaining complex IT related topics to students.
Because of what I teach, I get asked a lot of questions about computers, IT startups, and technology in general. I’ve done interviews for the local news. I’ve been featured in magazines, and I continue to demystify complex topics in this space for my students. I’m not only working on being world class in the classroom, I am working at being world class at my job as an IT manager and in life as a dad and husband.
The question is what is your gift? What is the one thing you have that everyone needs and wants? What is the very thing that if you don’t provide it to the world, the world will continue to? That is the thing that you have to cultivate and put effort into so that you can produce a world-class product or service and become a world-class solution that everyone is aware of.
When you do that, you will have taken the best you have and made it the best there is.