I heard about improv as an effective way to develop my “thinking on my feet” skills. In public speaking and in selling my services, I need to be a quick thinker so I could listen better without consciously trying to construct ideas in my mind. So now, I’m looking at an Improv class at my local college and trying to muster the courage to sign up. I could almost see my daughter’s eyes roll up at this point – “Yeah, Mom, of course, you will do this among the many things you have tried and signed up for.” Yes, indeed, I tried many things and I sucked in most of them. However, the point is not being a master of all. It is exploring my capacity to improve further and cultivate my other potentials.
So what major skill or competency are you trying to develop? What limitations are you trying to overcome?
Think of an activity that you could do as a hobby or during your days off work and just do them. There are non-traditional ways by which you could bring out your inner genius. You can also try to overcome weaknesses and personal limitations through them. You can try various things to develop your skills and competencies in a fun and fulfilling fashion. Not everything you need to learn has to be learned in a classroom or formal education. Creative expression, which is a function of your right brain, usually enhances the function of your literal left-brain.
I have met people in the working world who have some unique skills and talent that are out of the ordinary. Consider Daniela, an HR Professional whose extraordinary gift of creative art and entrepreneurial spirit is amazing. While working as a fulltime HR Professional, she finds time to give expression to her work of art and worldly views. She is one shining example of how you may pursue your other interests without losing your regular income.