This is Doris Payne, the alleged internationally known jewel thief whose crimes span a period of over 50 years. She has spent a lifetime stealing jewelry from well known stores in Greece, Britain, France, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, and here in the United States. We can learn some things from her and why I am so adamant about helping people to overcome.
1. You have to stretch and go beyond what you know. Ms. Payne learned how to do one thing good and she learned it when she was in her 20’s. She never learned how to do anything else well. She was forced go to back to what she knew, even though it would land her in jail time and time again. What she learned how to do was steal jewelry.
2. What you are doing is not all that you are capable of. I don’t know the whole story, but perhaps, maybe Ms. Payne did not know that she could do something differently. Maybe, she never sought out the opportunity to do something different. Maybe the thought of going straight was just too hard. Whatever the case, Ms Payne could have done something else. Too bad she did not find out other things that she was capable of doing or perhaps she could have done something else.
3. You should not do everything you’re good at. By all accounts, Ms. Payne was an accomplished thief and she is quite good. She is so good that most of her victims did not know that they had been victimized until she was long gone. How many of us do what we are good at, and may be even trained for, even though we aren’t fulfilled and it does not yield the results we want. That comes from not learning early what our purpose is, and what our passion is.
You may not be an 84 year old jewel thief but ask yourself these questions. Are you going beyond what you know? Are you doing all that you are capable of doing? Are you only performing where your strength lies and what pays the bills rather than what is in your heart to do?