I ponder that question all of the time.
In my life, I wear many hats... from being a father, a husband, a teacher, a painter, a lawnmower, a referee, a president, a coach, and the list goes on and on.
But it makes me WHO I am.
I've learned a LOT from other people, and one of the best pieces of advice that a prominent Division 1 basketball official gave me last summer was this:
It makes so much sense, but can be so confusing if you're not in your niche.
All of those "hats" that I wear... cause me to heed that advice of "Hear, listen, and apply."
When you can do that on a consistent basis... you'll find that you're in your "sweet spot"... your "zone" ... or whatever you want to call it.
Not that everything runs perfectly, but it's pretty neat when it does run "smoothly."
Sometimes the busier I am, the more I can find out WHO I am, and WHAT my niche is.
Who are YOU, and what's YOUR niche?
Recently, I had the chance to "announce" all of the names for our little league sectional baseball tournament. Changing my voice so that it sounded like one of those professional announcers is really tough! Especially when it was for 8 consecutive games over a 5-day period.
Some of the names were extremely difficult to pronounce, and I tried my hardest not to mess any of them up... because each one of those names was important... especially to that child coming up to bat, at that particular moment.
You wouldn't believe how many complements I received from parents and other people who were there ... at how it made those boys feel to hear their name announced.
I'm definitely not going to quit my day job, though, but it was fun while it lasted, and I'm glad I had a chance to apply this little hidden talent, if only for a few days.
Can you hear me now?