|Value what you do best
Some of you might know that I recently entered an engineering school in Montréal. After more than 4 years of not doing any maths, physics or scientific calculus, I was rather anxious about it, afraid to fail because I wasn’t enough.
A few months later, after doing my best and getting good results, I noticed something in my behavior and my thinking : I tend to denigrate myself for not being excellent in some fields, when I'm great at others. We have this tendency to focus on what we’re directly not good at and let it define us. And, at the same time, we tend to devaluate what we do best : « I don’t deserve any credit for being good at writing or coding or doing XYZ, because it is easy ». So we spend our lives thinking that we are failures, when we were born with gifts.
I think that if you were born with a gift, then it’s your duty to recognize it, love it and make it grow (just like a plant). It is your duty because (1) It will always make you happy to do something that you love, even if it’s hard or frustrating, and most of all (2) it’s your contribution to change the world at your scale. Imagine if Pythagoras never learned Maths or if Alan Turing never built the « first computer », how would the world be today ?
Keep grinding and getting out of your comfort zone, keep learning and improving but please, never stop doing what you do best.