Your Skills Can Make a Great Gift

Today I had the great honor of being the event photographer for someone’s gender reveal party. They counted on me to document one of the most important events of their pregnancy, and I think I delivered.

I’m still young, so it’s still relatively strange to find myself in experiences where I’m the expert. But there are days like this one.

These are the times I realize how great it is to have a useful skill to give to others. I can feel that sense of satisfaction in work at times, but it’s especially gratifying when I can give – for nothing, gratis – from my store of skills and experiences. I may not have much in the way of financial wealth, but giving my talents makes me feel like a rich man. And this – documenting this joyful memory – felt like an even better way to honor the expecting couple than a gift would have.

If you haven’t done it yet, use a budding talent to serve someone you care about. It’s so rewarding, and it may lead to other opportunities to practice and improve (this opportunity came after I photographed a family reunion).

Don’t have a strong useful skill yet? (You probably do – you just might not know it) Find something people need or love that you enjoy doing, and start giving it away.

Photo by Ailbhe Flynn on Unsplash

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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