Career contentment can be good in that we associate it with satisfaction, however it can stunt growth and unfound happiness. Do you find yourself going through the motions in your career? Maybe you are completely satisfied with your career or you may wishing about another line of work. We all have interests and hidden talents and it’s natural to play it safe and not attempt to capitalize on them for fear of failure, when in fact we are only failing ourselves by not doing so.
Detective Jarrett Crippen with the Austin Police Department was wise enough to pay attention to his discovered hidden talents and put his ‘one chance at life’ attitude into action. As a police officer, Crippen learned a lot not only about others, but also about himself. He found that he enjoyed speaking to neighborhood groups and school children and discovered through his placement at the police academy that he enjoyed teaching. Paying attention to these hidden talents as they surfaced pushed him to take the biggest leap of his life. The 15-year police veteran auditioned for and won the Sci-Fi Channel reality show, “Stan Lee’s, Who Wants to be a Superhero?” With a comic book and action figure created and named after Crippen’s superhero character, The Defuser, he tours as his creation, appearing at comic book and sci-fi conventions across the United States and has played a leading role in sci-fi made for TV movie, “Lighting Strikes” starring Kevin Sorbo. While all of this seemed like a dream come true for Crippen, it didn’t stop there. Now, this deep-voiced police officer and self-proclaimed comic book geek travels the country as an emcee and is the requested opening speaker for such celebrities as William Shatner, Stan Lee, Henry Winkler, Lou Ferrigno, and many others.
Crippen’s newly found success has given him the opportunity to build and promote the non-profit that he and his wife, Norma founded; SCARE for a CURE; an Austin extreme and interactive haunted Halloween adventure that has raised over $75,000 for local cancer charities, including the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.
Do some personal interest and talent searching and rather than suppressing the findings, recognize and capitalize upon them. These things may or may not be related to your current job, but whatever they are, acknowledge them and don’t take them for granted or downplay their value. Think of things that people have said they wish they could do when they see you do them; others see our talents before we do. Pay attention to things that may not have previously been an interest to you, but rather a talent you stumbled upon in some unrelated way.
Life is full of beneficial and life changing parlays, but they must start with you. The take away: Discover. Cultivate. Capitalize. Grow.