Even if you don’t see it, we’re all born with the predisposition to accomplish, succeed and overcome any challenges. We do have specific skills, abilities and talents that may be shaped, changed and improved. The number of human talents, skills and abilities are impressive and it may still surprise us how some manage to master their skills and talents, whereas some remain in the common zone.
What is talent all about?
It goes without saying that home environments, genetics, mentoring and coaching have a say in getting success. Paying attention to the role models with strong skills and getting high tutoring and straight instruction is also going to help in your later personal development.
Talent isn’t born, but it’s developed and taken care of. As we’re living in technologically advanced and intelligent times, we also get the tools we need to develop and impress. We’re only limited by our boundaries and there’s no better time for greatness but now.
We should all have the chances, the determination, the talent and the will to outcome our goals. Our inspirations may be so various, from writing to speaking or family. As long as you found your talent and you’re trying your best, you’re one step closer to become a better person.
It has been very clear for years now that talent isn’t born and it takes deliberate practice to achieve something with your talent. Not only you need to identify the specific elements that count for your performance, but you also need to constantly work on them.
Working really hard for improving your talents is the way to go. The best part about living in the modern era is that the opportunities to do it are various and plenty so you should have no reason for not doing your best.
Do you know your talent yet?
Simply going after something in life may set you apart from the crowd and make you all special. Your passion may be the strongest engine for your path, bringing you and the others around you joy. The moment you realized you’re good at something, go ahead and ask yourself if it’s a good thing to let it free or keep it all in.
Here are some great ways to discover your talent:
- Give a thought on what you love. Think about what you’re passion is all about, what thrills you the most in life. What do you like doing the most? What brings you in life the strongest joy?
- Find your creative, personal and artistic abilities. Make a list of the things you like doing or you’d like to do. This way, it’s going to be easier for you to find the abilities that improve your talents.
- Keep on doing what you’re doing well. Now that you know what is it that you excel at, do everything to never go away from that talent.
- Put all the answers together and take a good look at what you like to do the most and what you’re good as it may give you the answer about your talents really are.
How to recognize your abilities
- Take a look in the past
Obviously enough, you’ve tried different things in the past so you do have a history. You’ve been in school, organizations, institutions and maybe churches. There are so many things that you have done by now and in some of them, you did more than fine. Give a thought about which things were easy for you to do?
Make a list of 5 of those things, while scaling them on the rate of your success on a scale of 1-10.
- They’re natural to you
We all come into this world with natural abilities (drawing, singing, making money, imitating, making people laugh, talking, and listening and so on) and some things we do almost instinctively.
Have you noticed how you may add some new views and innovations that aren’t taught by anyone? How you do it easy and often? This happens also with some of the things you’re learning and are easier for you to master.
Take a good look and try to realize the things you’re good at. Make a shortlist of 5 things and use your personal perception to rate them on a scale of 1-10, according to your ability level.
- Do listen to others
We all need an honest and gentle opinion of others from time to time. Natural abilities, gifts and talents are also easy to validate by others. You may need at least three people that are close to you so they’re objective, as they’re not looking to impress you in the first place.
Gather around three people that know for a good time now and can be honest, giving you the naked truth. So, take a leap of faith and ask their honest opinion about you and your abilities.
It’s their turn now to list at least 5 things that they think you’re good at. Don’t forget to tell them to also rate your performance on a scale of 1-10.
- They’re very easy to learn as well
Have you noticed how back in school it was easier for you to learn specific subjects, comparing to others? Travel back in time and think of what it was easier for you to learn. It doesn’t matter if you liked the subjects or not, as it’s more important to know what it was easy for you to learn.
It’s time for that list of 5 things once again and for rating your ability level in each on a scale of 1-10.
Start now. Improve your talent
You need to put all of your efforts into it as it’s not enough to only take knowledge of your talent. You also need to fully develop it.
Here are some fun ways to make the best out of your talent:
1. Tell around about your passion
Have you noticed that when you’re sharing your passion, it is a joy that you experience, more than anything else? Sharing your passion brings you joy and a sense of fulfillment as well.
Do you love reading novels? Find the people who like the same thing as you and join a book club. Take it to the next level and share your passion with people that don’t really go for reading novels. Use your ability to share your passion instead:
- You may dramatize your novel with a cast
- You can tell the story to someone that isn’t able to read the novel
- You may take the most important ideas of your novel and share them with the others within an article, on social media or in a class.
Mostly, you need to find a group that has the same passion as you. You develop better connections with people that share your passions. You may get in touch with new sources and channels while learning new things about your passion too.
Don’t hesitate to create new opportunities to share the joy of your passion with other people. Find new sources and platforms to share and learn about your passion. Create some passion-sharing projects so that it’s easier for you to share. From the industries to businesses and careers, the diversity of ways to share your passion is quite impressive.
2. Nourish your passion
Don’t forget that your passion keeps you going in life, giving you the energy. The more you put into it, the better it grows.
Think of the things you really like doing: listening, smelling, watching, trying new things. Is it the movies that you like? Do you always look for new songs to listen? Do you seek for new connections? It doesn’t matter what it is exactly, as it’s far more important that you’re always doing what you like, feeding your passion. Put your abilities into it as it’s the best investment that you can make.
3. Get the very best out of your most important ability
The more you’re working on your talent, the more it grows. It’s important that you sharpen the fundamental elements of your ability as you use them for sharing your passion. This means continuous study and training and hard work. Even when sharing your passion with others, you may become aware of what you’re talent misses and what are improvements that you can make.
If you like writing books, you’re going to notice when you share your passion that an impressive vocabulary and ease of use for language are important skills for developing your talent.
This is the moment where continuous education kicks in. we’re always learning and it’s never too late to start going to some seminars or to read more books.
You need to put time, money and a lot of energy to turn your talent into that flame that lights up your life.
4. Challenge yourself
Always set new goals that surpass the level of your talent. Let’s say you like running. Try to run a couple of hundred miles more than the day before.
If you like writing, try a subject that is out of your comfort zone. Always explore new areas, but keep it real as well.
5. Know your goals
A set of goals is a good way to develop your talents. Your goals have to be specific and realistic. It’s not enough to say “I’m going to learn how to drive a bus”, but “I’m going to learn how to learn a bus starting this September”.
Last but not least, here’s a final tip to you: people that write down their goals have a higher chance of getting successful. Make a time frame for your goals too. Don’ forget about the barriers and find the right ways to fight them.