16 Proven Methods to Develop Your Niche


    We all want a niche. We want something that people can associate us with when our name is mentioned in a conversation. A niche is a situation or activity specially suited to a person's interests, talents, or nature.
   A niche, simplified, is the unanswered questions between you and your overall purpose. The definition alone can present many questions to help us find our niche. There is some form of niche for everything we think of. So why can't everyone find their niche? Let's find out. Let's take the three characteristics of the definition and break them into action steps.


Fill in the Blank:

    Sometimes the answer could already be there. Is there anything that you are interested in? Is there anything you would be interested in learning to do? Is there anything that you are interested enough in to do for free? If a future career is your goal, you will be doing it for free for a little while.

Carry a notepad: 

    Always have something to take notes with at all times. Maybe something will grab your interest or you have questions about it. About once every few days, maybe sit down and review the notes. If you have a mobile device, you can download great apps for note taking that have voice recognition.  You can usually send these notes directly to your email as well. This can be to your advantage if you are on the go.

Do your research:

    Try to find people in your area that already pursue some of your potential interests. Take them out to lunch. Let them know ahead of time that your intent is to ask them some questions, so they will be ready for it. If they don't have time for lunch, ask them if you can shoot them an email. This  email should be no more than 3 short questions about what they do, what it took to get there, and the pros and cons of it. Sometimes if you see a lot of cons in something, that will eliminate the interest immediately, making the overall decision much easier.


Write a resume to yourself:

    When you look for a job, you would do this. So why not when you are trying to assess what to do with your life. At this current point and time, what would you hire you to do? What are your past jobs? What were the skills you acquired in order to do those jobs? Cross reference the skills and see if any complement the other. Pair your skills into groups. Sometimes groups versus a long list of unrelated words can help speed up the decision process. Break those groups into sub-groups notating what you are currently good at, and what you need to work on, and what you hope to become good at.  

Quit trying to be yourself:

    Don't just be yourself. Aim to find things that add extensions to yourself. It is possible to be who you are, while adding some skills along the way.

Be open minded:

    Sometimes we find one thing we are good at, and then we do that one thing because it is comfortable, giving no regard to the fact that we probably have much more to offer. Sometimes new talents are developed by being pushed into unknown territory. Don't let opportunity get blinded by current desires. There will be things you need to do, and particularly don't want to, in order to progress. When this happens, take advantage and try to learn from it. It is possible you may learn a new talent, or how your existing talent can be applicable to areas you never imagined.

What challenges you?

    Sit back and think what challenges you have faced, and how you have overcame them. Odds are others have had these same challenges, and they are waiting for an answer. It is easy to view developing talents for the taking, but develop them for giving as well.

Are you dangerous?

    Do you have enough knowledge at something to be considered dangerous. If so, maybe you should expand on the knowledge to further complement what you want to achieve.


 Ask others:

    Having a talent that you want recognized by others, requires them to recognize it. If you really want to know what others see in you, ASK. This can be scary, but quite informative. Don't be afraid. It will surprise you what others see as your talents. It might even make you consider working harder towards something they viewed, that you had never seen. If the answers don't align with how you think you should be viewed, ask them why they don't see in you what you figured they would.     
    Robert Michael Fried, best-selling author of Igniting Your True Purpose and Passion, said “the risk is right when it will help you close the disparity or gap between who you are and where you want to go. When your outside view of the world reflects your inner voice, you are well on your way to taking the right risk.” Sometimes we miss those qualities we need to master that will have us perceived as we desire.


Ask yourself:

    It is easy to get derailed by other's opinion. The amazing thing is that the most important opinion of all rarely affects us: It is our own opinion. How do you feel about yourself? What do you feel like you are good at?  What is the reason you could see yourself going for the ideas you have had for so long? These are creating vision and confidence , because when you try something new, you will need both.
In case you missed my post, the Prime Objectivehere is a link to it that furthers dwells into the key motivators.   

Know Yourself:

    If someone is asked what 3 things they like best about their role model, they can tell you instantly. Are you able to answer that question as quickly about yourself ?  The role model  knows how to describe themselves. They had to figure it out in order to get where they are today.

Love it when people call you Names:

    As bad as we hate to admit it, when someone calls us a name or describes us, it is usually current with our persona at the given time. This does not have to only be in negative situations, but positive ones as well. Take heed when someone calls you names, it just might help you answer some questions.

 Here are some things you can implement while on your journey:

Get serious:

    Have an ideal time frame in mind for when you want  to make that big decision. The sooner you figure it out, the sooner you are on your way.

Defy All Logic:

    If you have figured out what you want to do, you have done enough thinking already. Many times in life we don't jump on those golden opportunities because we give logic time to kick in. Despite what we desire to achieve, logic starts telling us all the reasons why we shouldn't. Sometimes if we just got started, despite the logic, the decision would already have been made.

Be the same, but be different:

    In anything, there will be competition. Don't get hung up in the fact that someone else has already thought of your idea. To become a frontrunner, it takes a unique combination of talents to make a person stand out in their niche. Being the best at something that already exists, is a way to add to your niche.

Look towards the future:

    What about now? Concentrate on the now with your actions, but make sure these current actions will be beneficial to your future. In the future, will it be discovered that your skill set is needed? Is it needed now, and will it stand the test of time?

    Sir Ken Robinson, author of Finding Your Element: How To Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life had some interesting insights into what it takes to develop talents. He thinks a lot of it is about opportunity. He says, "Human resources are like the earth’s natural resources: they’re often buried beneath the surface and you have to make an effort to discover them."

Here are some of his latest TED talks:


  1. Great post James!

    It's amazing to me how many people don't really know what they want.

    But the thing is, if they could figure it out, they are one step closer to finding success.

    One of the most widely discussed keys to success talked about by extremely successful people, is to 1st decide what you want!

    If you don't know what you want, who you want to be, or what you want to accomplish...

    How can you possibly achieve it?

    I love all the ideas you have suggested for finding your niche!


    1. Thanks for reading Samantha. I am glad you loved the ideas. We definitely have to know where we are heading in order to get there...no doubt!

  2. Fantastic topic, James -- these are great tips for every one of us to read, regardless of our industry.

    Many of my coaching students get overwhelmed when they first start looking into doing business for themselves, and what I notice is that they struggle because they think they have to be crystal clear about every step of the journey they're starting.

    I always tell them to just put in the time and the identity answers will become clear, but I love the tips you provide here!

    I'll be passing this link along! Thanks for this!

  3. You are welcome +Nina Jonassaint. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks SherryAnne. I am glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading. I am hopefully going to have my new site up next week so this horrible Blogger format can go out the window...lol. #nolimits

  5. Writing those notes down in a planner, making task and keeping them is also very effective.

    1. Very true Cassondra. Taking down knowledge is one thing. Learning how to apply and implement it changes the game. Thanks for reading