It doesn’t mean that what you have to offer – your skills and talents – are worthless. It just means they’re worth less to that particular individual, company or organization. And that’s all right.
It doesn’t mean you give up or work less. It means you have to work harder to find a better match, a more aligned mindset.
I recently had this conversation with an internship candidate. She is studying World Music in college while gaining work experience in another field she loves, marketing. For the most part, prospective employers have dismissed her interest in marketing, failing to square it with her passion for music.
I had this conversation last year with a woman who’d gained graduate degrees in creative writing and business administration. She’d been dismissed again and again by business leaders who couldn’t understand why someone would study what they perceived to be such disparate fields.
I’ll say it again: Not everyone will “get you” or appreciate your skills and talents. Spend less time convincing them you’re worth their attention and more time finding folks who’re curious and who perceive incredible potential in someone with multiple passions and the discipline to pursue them.
This is coming from someone with degrees in chemistry, physics, education, English lit, and business administration. If I waited around until others “got me,” I’d have stopped learning and growing a long time ago.