There is some skill that you have that is so natural to you – so much a part of who you are – that you can’t not NOT do it. And if you can leverage this skill and utilize it as much as possible, it will be a game-changer for your life…and for your career.
In our book Your Intentional Difference: One Word Changes Everything, we outline the concept of Intentional Difference. 85% of what we do, most people can do. 10% of what we do, select others can be trained and deployed to do.
That leaves 5%. And this 5% is your Intentional Difference – that contribution you make which no one else can make quite the way you do. It is the thing that fuels you, gives you life and, when you master it, will positively affect your life, career and productivity.
This 5% separates YOU from the rest of the world.
One of the six dimensions that make up your Intentional Difference is your Emergent Skill, which we define as: your “innate ability that finds automatic and repeated expression”.
It’s the thing you were doing before you were aware of it, the thing you may take for granted. The thing that if you do a lot of it will change everything.
Here’s a story from the world of art which illustrates Emergent Skill:
For thirty-five years, Paul Cezanne lived in obscurity, producing masterpieces that he gave away to unsuspecting neighbors. So great was his love for his work that he never gave a thought to receiving recognition.
He owes his fame to a Paris dealer who chanced upon his paintings, gathered some of them, and presented the world of art with the first Cezanne exhibition. The world was astonished to discover the presence of a master.
The master was just as astonished. He arrived at the gallery leaning on the arm of his son and could not contain his amazement when he saw his paintings on display. Turning to his son he said, “Look, they have framed them!”
What is that thing you do – almost unconsciously – that you are known for? That you do with nearly effortless excellence? How can you do more of it?
Excerpt from Experiencing Spirituality by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham (2014, Penguin)
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