Monica Cost

Who has it? Well it actually depends on what you’re looking for stuff for. There’s the right stuff for photography, acting, superstardom, finance, consulting, law, singing, leading an organization, playing sports, etc. The goal is to recognize what you have the right stuff for.

I believe most of us are multi-talented; possessing more than one applicable gift. For the purpose of this article, it’s easy to identify notable people who’ve found it. How do you know them? How can you recognize people with the “right stuff” and more importantly, how do you know when you have it?

It is easy to identify people like Beyonce, Oprah, Bill Gates, Michael Vick, Will Smith, Melanie Hobson, Martha Stewart, John Grisham, Janet Robinson and Demi Moore  as having identified and applied the right stuff. While some of them may have identified their “stuff” earlier than others, others of them had to try a few things before finding it.

I am not familiar with all of the their stories, however I would guess that some of them stumbled upon their passion and others were called upon by people who saw something in them. Having conversed with so many people who envy the accomplished, I thought it might be helpful to spend some time talking about identifying the right stuff.

It’s more than skill. Just because you’re great at math doesn’t mean you have the right stuff for finance. Just because you like to sing, certainly does not mean you have the right stuff to be a professional singer. Just because you envision yourself running a company, doesn’t mean you have the right stuff to do it. It’s passion, the identification of values, the creation of a vision, a willingness to sacrifice, a level of humility, confidence, support, presentation, commitment, and consistency.

The goal is to understand your skill set, interests, what you’re good at and what people come to you for. The merging of these things creates an incredible synergy and an opportunity to apply your “right stuff” for high levels of success. Some of the obstacles you face may be confidence, finances, commitment, personal issues, the level of sacrifice you are willing or can make, and/or time. These are very real and they may slow your process of finding your calling. However, with the proper planning, most of these can be overcome.

My point is, it’s fine to admire someone who you respect. I’m just not a fan of envy. Don’t use other people’s journeys and how they identified and applied the “right stuff” to define your path.

You have the right stuff baby!

Monica Cost is communications strategist, brand manager and respected corporate and motivational speaker. She is the President and Founder of Evidently Assured, a communications and brand management firm.  Email her at:  [email protected] Follow her via Twitter: @monicacost and