“How do I know what I’m good at?”
I’ve been helping friends land freelance jobs for quite a while and some — who have no idea where to begin — commonly ask me that same question. I used to tell them to list the skills they learned from previous jobs, the things that interest them, and somehow find the link that connects the two. And it wasn’t until now that I realized — that that is not how I got to where I am now.
The hard truth is, we all suck at the beginning.
I remember jumping from one job to another with the sole purpose of getting a higher pay — regardless if the job is interesting or not. I remember having to juggle multiple jobs just to make ends meet. I remember accepting a job not having a clue what the position entails — “Yes I know how to use Sugar and Zoho..” (even though I have no idea what the heck are they! Yes lang ng yes!). In other words, I used to do whatever it takes, just to have a little financial freedom. And eventually, by doing all those repetitive/boring/challenging/way-out-of-my-league jobs, I slowly found my niche which led to me where I am today.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that it is okay to be clueless for now. Not knowing what you’re supposed to do is a default status everyone must’ve felt at one point in their lives. Not everyone was born with a talent. We may be born with parents who can give us access to good education or we may not.
What we are born with is the ability to decide. To commit on something. To choose what future we want to have.
You don’t find what you’re good at.
You decide what you want to be good at, you do it, and you never stop doing it.
The only question is, how long will it take you to make that decision?