Although she’s had an active and fulfilling life, Betty Liedtke found herself questioning her worth and value in the marketplace when, in her mid-50s, she tried—and failed—to identify her own special and unique qualities.
She became doubly frustrated as she attempted to make the transition from popular Toastmasters speaker to paid professional speaker, and from weekly newspaper columnist to author of a full-length motivational memoir. Her two-year quest to find her own special gifts and unique qualifications led to the discovery that what is most special and unique about each of our gifts and talents we don’t even realize we have. They feel so common and ordinary to us that we don’t recognize their existence or value.
Betty now helps other people find their buried treasure and use their gifts to enrich themselves and the world.
About Betty Liedtke
Shortly after her second child was born, Betty Liedtke developed breast cancer, followed by severe heart damage from chemotherapy. These experiences taught her firsthand the importance of attitude, determination, and a sense of humor in dealing with anything life throws at us.
Betty is a writer, professional speaker, and Certified Dream Coach®. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster, a member of eWomenNetwork, and a graduate of the prestigious Loft MasterTrack program from the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
She is also the founder and CEO of “Find Your Buried Treasure,” a company whose mission is to help people discover their strength, stretch beyond their ability, and achieve their greatest dreams. One of her strongest convictions is that nothing is impossible if we want it badly enough and are willing to do the work to achieve it.
Betty suggests using the following steps as a Treasure Map to Find Your Buried Treasure:
1. Look at everything you do in your life, and ask yourself these questions about each of them.
- Do I love it?
- Am I good at it?
- Is it rewarding in some way (financially or otherwise)?
2. Identify anything you can do to help you answer “Yes!” to all three questions—and do it.
3. Pay attention to the things people compliment you on, seek your advice about, or admire and appreciate about you—these are great clues.
4. Ask yourself: “What would I dare to try if I knew I couldn’t fail?”
- Now imagine what steps you’d have to take and what work you’d have to do in order to make that happen.
- Take the first step.
Betty’s Quote for the Day
“How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.” ~Robert Brault