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Your existing skills can take you farther than you think

Most of us have heard the saying, "Cleanliness is next to godliness."

That's a sentiment I value, but another virtue has inspired me to revise that saying. As far as I'm concerned, what's next to godliness is resourcefulness. My mother taught me that lesson at an early age. She would always say, "Boy, I've done so much, with so little for so long, that I can do anything with nothing."

My mom had to be resourceful. She grew up dirt poor in rural Louisiana. Each day she and my uncle walked several miles to school, just to suffer the indignities of being spat on and ridiculed by other students. But she was determined to succeed in life and she used everything at her disposal to do so.

See also: Try Something New, Keep Your Mind Sharp.

If you feel as if you don't have enough resources or support, here is what I suggest:

  1. Assess yourself. Your skills may not be anything out of the ordinary, but you can do miraculous things with what you've got. Maybe it's your parenting skills, or your compassion. It may be your curiosity, your imagination or unique style of fashion. Even if it seems to be no big deal, the lesson here is we all have unique abilities and talents.
  2. Look to someone you admire. If you're having a hard time recognizing your gifts, look to someone else you know who's been resourceful. You may be surprised by how your own strengths rise to the surface by watching someone else.
  3. Trust your own ingenuity. Once you recognize your underused strengths make use of them. Don't be afraid to use them.
  4. Where there's a will, there's a way. Keep in mind those things that allowed you to attain earlier goals. Believe in yourself and in the infinite abundance of resources already at your disposal.

If you do a thorough inventory of what you have on hand, and realize that skills, talents and expertise are transferrable, you might just come to realize you have plenty of resources to draw on.

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