At age 11, I was watching local TV news. I loved watching just to see what kind of camera angles they would use. I watched because I loved the sounds of incredible and exciting news music jingles. Nothing was better than a good breaking news moment or severe weather coverage. I was just that weird kid who was interested in TV news and weather forecasting to the point that I pursued it all the way to college. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and to this day am still doing my best to contribute good media products to society.
Simple process, right!? Actually, I just told you a more condensed version of the longer and more exhaustive story.
The truth is, between my times learning the ropes in broadcast news, my interests changed and so did my dreams. I had to go back and remember multiple things from my childhood. I lost interest in hard-hitting news coverage and began to get into more writing of fictional and non-fictional work as I published short stories and started blogs.
Early one morning, at about 2AM, I heard a voice: “Have you ever considered cartoons!?” Needless to say, my response was, “Wait, God, no way, cartoons!? Me!” That was my response for a day until I gave it deeper thought. Little did I realize that it would take me into places and positions I never would’ve thought possible.
But that’s the problem! We say “NO” because maybe someone else in the past told us that it wasn’t “realistic” or it “didn’t make enough money.” Someone in your past, maybe an aunt or uncle, maybe your own Mother or Father, tried to tell you in a loving way that you might not be cut out for whatever it was you were trying to pursue. In fact, maybe you were afraid and decided to give up and loose hope because you were afraid of what people might think. You were afraid people would laugh hysterically to the point of shedding tears over you being a great cook, musician, writer, cartoonist, minister or entrepreneur.
In the economy we are facing and in the times that we are living, I say its time to start now! Start asking yourself something I asked before I got into ministry: “what can I do to share my talents and gifts with the world.”
Really ask yourself, “what did I always do as a kid that I still enjoy now? Is there something I’ve always wanted to do from when I was a kid, a teen or a college student that I am not doing now?” Seriously consider what you are good at and start writing them down. List everything. You might find yourself onto something, a new start-up or business, a ministry opportunity, a new tech giant or whatever big you can dream up and implement successfully!