Yesterday, while having a friendly conversation at a go-see for events hosts, two fellow auditioners were amazed at the variety of things I do aside from event hosting:

  1. daytime teacher
  2. evening student
  3. freelance writer/editor
  4. marketing specialist
  5. corporate trainer
  6. voice-over talent
  7. Tagalog Tutor

One talented friend said, his mind would blow-up if he has such multiplicity of tasks to do.

Another friend who works overseas honored me when he sent me a Facebook personal message saying that he has seen how I maximize the gifts God has given me, and that he wants me to mentor him when he goes back to the Philippines.

I just really believe in what Jeff Goins call “the portfolio life” wherein you maximize the variety of your God-given given skills by using them for potential multiple income sources.

My firm belief is that every person is gifted with at least one talent (not only one) from which he could grow his potentials.

Artist Leonardo Da Vinci and our very own national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, are known to be good examples of having a “portfolio of talents.”

Yes, I believe that it’s good to have focused energy and concentration at any given single task at hand. That’s why I also am not a fan of “multi-tasking.” But to manage my priorities, I determine first what’s urgent vs. what’s important. This principle is discussed thoroughly in Stephen Covey’s famous book, “7 Habits of Highly-successful People.”

While a few similar things in your upcoming tasks are equally important, focusing on what’s urgent or the one with the closest deadline, is what should be done the soonest possible time.

In addition to that, based on my core values, I figure out what I should do first at any given day, and who fills up my busy calendar of events and activities. My core values serve as my anchor that helps me decide what and to whom I commit my time with.

At this day and age, it’s such a great blessing to have so many sources of helpful information online from which one could learn how to enhance one’s skill set.

Being faithful in the little things you have in your life right now, working on them with sheer passion and excellence, while being guided by the principle of deciding what’s urgent vs. what’s important, based on your core values, could launch you with the platform to have the best place to start in living your portfolio life.

Adrian is a professional Events Host, Writer, Teacher, and Change Catalyst. He's a world-class emcee creating fun, memorable, and meaningful events. As a change catalyst, his mission is to inspire personal development so people could have better lives with brighter future, against all odds. An IELTS- and TESOL-certified English Trainer, he's also a prolific Tagalog Tutor.