How to find your talents and utilize them.


How to identify your talent

One of the most heart-wrenching statements I could ever hear an individual utter is, ''I have no talent.'' There is no such thing! Every individual that is living, or has lived upon this earth; was created with at least one talent. I would agree that some talents are easily identified, but this doesn't mean that those whose talents aren't obvious are without one.

How can you tell if you have a talent?

The first thing that you should know is you are already talented. You were born with your gift(s). If you're one of those whose talents aren't obvious; you have some work to do. Your talent is trapped within you.  Your job is to unearth it, polish it, and serve it. Let's start here:

  • What is it that you do that makes others go, wow?
  • What do you usually do to make yourself feel better when you want to escape the pressures of life? Some people like to draw, paint, write, sing, dance, etc. What is your sense of peace?
  • What do you get the most, well done, good job, keep up the good work, and congratulations for?

  • What is it that makes you truly happy?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What is it that you can't stop talking about?
  • When you were a child, what were you usually known for? Did you enjoy being in the kitchen? Did you enjoy being around cars? Did you enjoy disassembling and reassembling things? Did you enjoy being around your grandparents? Did you enjoy being around other children? What's that one thing that you spent the majority of your time doing during your childhood? What is it that your parents would normally break your concentration from when it's time for bed, time to eat, time for a shower, etc?
  • What is it that captivates so much of your attention that nothing else seems to matter?
  • If you've ever participated in a role play at school, church, work, etc, what role were you selected to play? Why were you given that specific role?  Be honest with yourself. The right answer to any of these questions could be the gateway to finding your talent(s).

Daily activities can also help to identify your talent(s).

Pay close attention to your daily activities. Listen to what those around you are saying. What are they always relying on you for? Why is it that they have so much confidence that you are the right person to get it done? At church, I'm usually called on to pray. What is it that you're best known for when you are at home, church, school, work, etc? Compile a list of the things that you take great pride in doing.

  • Are you good at organizing things around the house?
  • Are you good at decorating?
  • Are you good at resolving disputes?
  • Do you make people laugh?
  • Are you good at cheering others up?
  • Do people always call on you for advice?
  • Do you work well with others?
  • Are you good at managing resources?
  • Are you good at keeping deadlines?
  • Are you the go-to person when an issue arises at home or work?
  • Are you always looking out for others, especially those that are in need?
  • Are you always checking up on others?

  Your talent could be hidden in the day-to-day activities that you have been doing for the majority of your life, but you haven't been taking notice of them. All those little acts of kindness for example:
  •  Helping a younger sibling with their homework.
  • Watering the plants each day.
  • Caring for the animals.
  • Applying your friends' makeup.
  • Combing someone's hair.
  • Preparing daily meals.
  • Helping someone to get dressed.
  • Babysitting 
  • Reading stories to children.
  • Keeping the environment clean.
  • Being kind to strangers.
  • Caring for a sick person.
  • Feeding the homeless.
  • Volunteering for an outreach program.

Don't undermine the little things that you are good at. God knows our unique abilities. He knows what we are capable of doing. Not all of us will be great singers, dancers, athletes, artists, etc. Serve your talent! There is room in the world for it. Whenever I'm writing I never think about any famous writer. I'm never intimidated by their success because there is room in the world for me. Never stop searching for your talent. Sometimes you must go back to basics. Your childhood!

How I found my talent?

I can still remember my fascination with books when I was a child.  I was known to be a bookworm. For the majority of my childhood, I wanted to become a nurse until someone asked me if I could handle blood, and I became terrified. I lost interest during the latter years of high school and switched to an accountant. After graduating high school I worked for a few years.

 During that time I pursued business studies with the hope of becoming an accountant, but I became an author instead. In 2017, I  started a new job with a friend I met in 2015, Makonnen. He was always writing motivational quotes. We would review each other's work and share our thoughts. In 2018, I thought about writing a book. He told me about Amazon, I did my research and signed up for KDP.

The gift of writing wasn't presented to me on a silver platter, I had to work for it and work on it. If you should compare my work now to back then. You'd see how far I've come and how much I've grown. You must be willing to work on your craft. Only then it will get better.  Maybe you have an idea of what your talent could be but you aren't seeing any opportunities to showcase it. I would encourage you to not limit your talent to your geographic location. If the opportunities are not there to get it exposed. Then consider other options of making your talent known. Do your research, read the success stories of others, utilize social media, etc. Don't bury your talent. 

Your career choice isn't always aligned with your talent!

 We were taught that education is the key to success and our passport through life is to go to school, get an education and get a well-paid job. There isn't anything wrong with obtaining a university or college degree. But education isn't the key to success; many educated people are unemployed because they're overqualified. Many educated people are broke. Your talent is the key to your success. 

The world needs your talent. They are willing to pay for your talent. They are willing to come to you for it. When you go to a restaurant you go there for the food. If you go to an apple tree. It's the fruit that you need; chances are you won't even notice the leaves or the bark. When you go to a concert you don't just pay to see a singer. You want to hear and see their performance. The world requires your talent. Many of us were taught how to build someone else's dream and not ours. Your talent isn't always tied to your career choice. Had I become an accountant or a nurse; not even I would have known that there was an author in me.

I hope that you'll find your talent(s) and maximize it to its full potential. You have a talent. Don't stop searching until you find it. Good luck!

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