What is your talent?
Adults often ask this question, the question that somehow explains the distinction of a kid from all the other kids in the block. After answering, the kid is then asked to showcase the answer to the adults. Common talents before: singing, dancing and doing both. They say that kids mostly learn by imitating and copying. I have to agree because as a kid I used to copy and imitate others to have a talent. It is easier to please the world when you are young. Nothing much is expected from you. So copying and imitating pays a lot. As long as you can copy and imitate adults — who by that time are wiser than you are — then you are good enough and the world smiles at you. You are unique without giving much effort. It is oh -so-simple then.
What is your edge?
After some years and some added maturity the question changes into something else yet it still asks the same essence on how else one is different from all the others. It is the question that asks can you make a difference. How else are you unique? As I grew up things change, copying and imitating are no longer the talents. The issue evolved into something that is deeper than showcasing what you know. You can show people the things that you know and you can do for all you want but are they any good? Do they stand out? Are they your original ideas? Copying and imitating pays no more unlike when you are younger and the world is kinder. So we find ways on how we can stand out from the rest of the group. We try so hard discovering and formulating that thing that would take us to the top. We give so much effort than we used to.
What is your niche?
Now in the corporate world, the same question is asked. It posts the questions what does separate you from others? What is unique in your product? Then again we search for the right answers. We try real hard so we can reach the global market. We think global, we act the part too. But how, how can we be different with all these modern advances that keep on breaking and entering into our lives? True that the only way is for us to embrace it but what if everybody did the same thing, how can we matter and how can we be taller than they are? The answer is not as complex as we think it might be.
The answer is US.
It is us than can make all the differences. Finding our niche is easy because we can find it by looking at our own. It is OUR culture. It is OUR design. It is OUR standards. We are the original. We can stop being second best. We can stop being the copycats. By taking action and owning what is rightfully ours, we can make it. Sure X country can mass produce, they can reproduce all they want but the creativity is never theirs. They can never own it. They can never think about all those complicated curves and lines which make up our produces. And because we own the creativity, we can always think ahead. We can show them what is, the now. They can copy the now all they want and go tell the world about it. But they better be ready about the tomorrow because in that near future it might be too late for them when we sing: Ours is 2010, yours is 2000 late.