Talents across the streets of Africa seems to be loosing grip of generating their desired result of being successful.
The truth is “You don’t have right to follow your passion alone if your passion does not pay your bill” – Tessy Aniesi.
Ignore the advice on selling. It comes from people who have made a living selling the idea of themselves. There’s some merit to it in certain circumstances, but it doesn’t always apply, it might not work for you, and it won’t necessarily make your life any happier. Pay your bills in whatever way you can tolerate, and spend your extra time doing what makes you happy. Most people don’t do what they love for a living, or love what they do for a living. If you can fill your life with your passions, be glad that you found something that is rewarding to you.
And, if you’re good at it, and lucky, then maybe you can make a living off it, but it could be very likely that you won’t. So you’ll have to ask yourself: “What makes me happy?” And if you have real talent for something, selling the notion of yourself isn’t always the end-all-be-all of success. Did Einstein have to devote a lot of his energy to selling the idea that he was smart? No, he was right, and people had to recognize it. Did Robin Williams have to go around telling people that he was funny? No, he just had to be funny, and be lucky enough to be noticed. Quality can sell itself, and salesmanship can’t make quality happen. Nevertheless, successful creative people do often have to grind unprofitably for years, and they have to network in their field to be noticed.
– Brent Krohn