if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you*
(Jesus of Nazerath)
One way to begin describing the value you create is to talk about what can’t happen without you.**
“I can’t do that. I’m still waiting for the one who can.”
Instead of waiting for the one, we can articulate the very unique thing we bring into the world.
Seth Godin writes:
Solving interesting problems is the best work we can do. […] Possibility and responsibility are available to anyone who wants them. That could be us, any of us. Seeing the world as it is, offering people dignity, choosing to make a difference … none of these are fast and easy paths, but we do them anyway.^
When we articulate the unique value we bring into the world, we don’t have to wait for problems to come to us, we begin noticing them, the mountains we need to move.
Robert McKee writes about the difference between inexperienced writers and artists:
Writers that ask questions that begin with “Could…” want finite answers to very complex problems that only the experience of writing can solve. They want to know what’s possible, what’s impossible, what they should pursue and what they should avoid. These are questions from someone who wants to know the limits, before they even begin to explore. In story, all things are possible. Anxious, inexperienced writers stick rigidly to the well trodden, designated route. Artists discover a new path.^^
When we identify our unique kind of mustard seed and plant it, it becomes a verb, and what follows is inevitable.
(*Jesus of Nazerath, from Matthew 17: 20-21)
(*From The Story of Telling: Without You.)
(^From Seth Godin’s blog: Speaking up about what could be better.)
(^^From Robert McKee’s blog: “Could I?” vs. “Should I?”)