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Loren Long is an American artist and illustrator who saw his passion and ambitions as a navigation towards what he was indeed meant to be. At the time he was to enter into College, his friends were choosing careers with guarantees of payouts but he, chose to pick art; his gift and passion as a career. He dedicated himself to his work, seeking and honing every available skills to refine his artistic whims & style. After sometimes, his reputation grew. One opportunity led to another and he was invited to create freelance illustrations for several national publications including Forbes and Times. In the midst of all these successes, Long became tired of what he called “keeping the pace of the rat race.” That same down period, he started receiving manuscripts from his Agent for a soon-to-be-published Adult book in need of a cover art. Reading the stories opened his eyes to the fact that all of his previous work experiences and skills gained were pointing him to one direction. In his words, “it was like a light went off in my brain, and I suddenly thought; that’s it, I’m meant to be a storyteller!”
Long went on to become a successful writer and illustrator of picture books, working with notables such as Madonna, former US President, Barak Obama etc… What set him up for this fulfillment was his preparation for change through skills, learning and relearning.
More and more, employers are evaluating candidates first and foremost based on their skills rather than on their previous job titles or formal degrees.
One thing that has left individuals hanging in their career pursuits and endeavors is creative nativity. You hear people say they’ve been working for a number of years and things don’t add up at some point any longer. For some, they get bailed out by their entrepreneurial tendencies & drive, while others just get stuck on a crossroad clueless. Such people climbed their career ladders without preparing for change and innovations that is non profitable.
While focusing on career development is a great idea, you should not forget that entrepreneurial skills should be developed. shouldn’t be just limited to your job alone. Sometimes, our job, passion or career is just a navigation towards what we are meant to become. There’s a way hobbies finetune your consciousness and expectations from life, this is why you give yourself to what interests you…but identifying beforehand the profitable potentials of your job or career then pushes you to know and seek more thereby improving your skills and sharpening your creativity. Creativity means learning skills and building on the foundation of your strength. You need to know that skill is the new money! The time has come where men would be paid based on what they can do & what they have to offer. The more skills you get, the more successful options you have.
Building a career along the path of your interests helps you to channel your energy into a course that you believe in, with that, even when the going gets tough, you are able to push on because you are in it for the passion and joy you get not just for the paycheck. People who have gone on to succeed in any endeavor have been people who built their skills along their interest or passion.
When Steve started Apple, there were many roadblocks, many reasons for him to turn around, made many mistakes and had struggles in his personal life to deal with, but in the face of his passion for Apple, those challenges didn’t stand a chance and now he is the celebrated as a tech giant all over the world.
How many of us have an idea, or a passion and haven’t taken a single step towards doing something, anything about it. Acquiring new skills and building yourself up in line with your interest will make you a success story.