SIX STEPS TO TO FINDING YOUR TRUE TALENTS
What sets you apart from everyone else is your unique personality with all the special talents and strengths that you possess. YOU are the biggest asset that you could ever have. The first step to embrace your uniqueness is being aware that you are special. You are like nobody else in this world. Nobody else has had the same experiences as you. No one has exactly the same characteristics and shares the same values. Nobody has learned all the various skills you learned. Discovering your talents and strengths means becoming more aware of who you really are.
STEP 1.) HOW DO YOU SPEND YOU TIME – Try writing down your thoughts every day for a week. Record your observations, instincts, feelings and revelations. Let your thoughts flow onto the page. Then come back after a week and re-read what you wrote. Your journal will begin to reveal patterns in your character that represent areas of interest, honest feelings, awareness of skills, and a natural connection to certain people, places and things. Stream of conscious writing can be the most effective way to identify your talents. If you notice a lot of your thoughts circle back to one main idea, this could be your strongest talent or deepest desire. Use what you’ve discovered to create a list of your strengths and align them with a list of goals.
STEP 2.) LIST YOUR HOBBIES – Typically, what you’re drawn to it is a natural talent. Think about what you love to do most when you have free time. What activities do you find so captivating that you sometimes forget to eat or sleep? Your obsessions could be the things that help you identify your deepest passions. Even if your hobby is watching movies, you may have a talent for storytelling or analyzing narratives. Even film critics have to start somewhere. You might think talents are only something you love doing, but sometimes our talents are the things you don’t even think about. Your talent is simply something you do better than most. If there is anything that comes natural to you that doesn’t seem so natural to others, it’s a talent. This is why it’s important to take a long hard look at what you’re actually good at.
STEP 3.) HOW DO YOU SPEND YOU MONEY – Your core values are closely linked with what you spend your money and time on. Take note of what you spend your money on and look closer at what this can tell you about yourself. For example, I spend my money on artwork and paintings. That is a strong natural characteristic of mine, a talent that drives everything I do, how I think and how I spend my time. If you like spending money on going out with friends, is it that you like bringing people together? Is it that you like getting attention and expressing yourself? Or maybe is it because you value deepening your pre-existing friendships? Why do you do what you do? What is behind it? The key is to keep digging deeper in order to get to the core essence of your talent patterns.
STEP 4.) ASK YOUR QUESTIONS – One of the best ways to figure out what hidden talents you have is to talk to people who know you. We tend to overlook our skills and often miss out on what makes us great. Having an outside perspective can be highly valuable and revealing. Friends, family, and other trusted advisors have the unique vantage point of observing you in a way that you can’t observe yourself. Ask what they think makes you unique and what they think you excel at. Be sure to talk to people that know you well but also people who barely know you. Getting all perspectives can tell you even more about yourself. You might be surprised by what you find out. Often, how you see yourself is very different to how others see you. The problem with talents and strengths is that they are so normal to you that you tend to dismiss them. You are so used to them that you take them for granted and don’t realize that they exist and that they are your biggest asset.
STEP 5.) WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT – Finally, take a moment for self-reflection and ask yourself: “What do I think are my greatest strengths?” Be proud—list things that you normally wouldn’t say about yourself and brag a little bit. Now, take a look at all this information you've put together. What themes or trends do you notice? How does it feel to look at all of those lists, chock full of talents and skills? What have you learned about what you are good at? Maybe you’ve found that your eye for detail, crazy clean desk, and ability to always make people feel comfortable and motivated means that you’re destined for success in company leadership. Or that your love of fashion, articulate long emails, and witty sense of humor merit exploring the blogging world.
STEP 6.) THE SHADOW KNOWS – After you complete your in-depth research, you should be able to determine which career is a good match for you. Try not to get too frustrated if you can't make a decision by this point. You may not have enough information yet. Continue to do more research until you can comfortably choose the best career for you. You will want to learn what working in the field is really like before you actually work in it. The best way to do this is to talk to people who do. Don't be shy about going direct and reaching out to any organization that interest you to see if there is someone currently working in your career field of interest who would be interested in hosting a job shadower. Gaining exposure and first-hand experience through job shadowing (as well as internships) can make the difference between assuming what a potential career would be like and experiencing it first-hand by working on-site.
Ruby, don’t feel pressured to get the answer exactly right in this moment—instead, allow yourself to just explore possibilities. And take a deep breath of relief! You’ve now armed yourself with a map of your talents and skills, and you can start really thinking about what to do with them next.
Hopefully this was Helpful Ruby
1. Try out different activities/positions if you're not sure what you'd like to do! You can even ask the people around you what things they've seen you excel at to get ideas. You can explore different clubs/organizations at school, or look around in your community for organizations or non-profits that you can join and learn from.
2. Talk to others about your passions, and find those who have similar interests when possible, they can be a great resource for developing your talents. Share what you're interested in, even if you don't think it ties directly to a career. To me, having a talent is as much about being able to accomplish something as it is about being able to talk about it.
3. What you end up doing as a career may not be exactly what your talent is. For example, I absolutely love art, but ended up studying business. I struggled for some time because art felt natural to me when I was doing it, but business didn't give me the same feeling. However, once I decided to focus on marketing, I saw how the creativity I gained from art allowed me to work with others and think differently when developing campaigns or creative work. I didn't end up becoming an artist as I had imagined before, but found an industry where I could apply the skills I enjoyed.
At the end of the day, don't worry too much about finding exactly what your talent is asap. Talents can take time to develop, and you may be interested in something you haven't been exposed to yet. Keep exploring and good luck!!
what a great and difficult question. I think many people ask this question even after a 20 year career wondering if they should be doing something else and what their REAL talent is. I know that although I'm passionate about what I do, I'm still searching to identify where my real talent is and if I should pursue something different.
If you have a talent like being really good at a particular sport or at singing or writing, then it's easier to answer that question and you should definitely pursue it. But if you are average in sports/arts etc like so many of us, it becomes more difficult.
I would advise you not to stress about it and trust that you will find your talent one day (I know this isn't very helpful, but otherwise you risk getting stuck in the pursuit and possibly missing out on experiences that might help you instead). For now, I would say don't let it come in your way of starting a career. Look at what you are interested in and get different types of work experience and approach experiences with an open mind. Do something on the side of work, explore different online courses, think about what you really enjoy (what sparks enthusiasm in you?). Search for motivational videos on YouTube (e.g. TED-talks). Lots of things will eventually cross your path (learning opportunities, meetings, books, interviews, articles etc) that will help you along your way and you'll get there.
So long as your question is to find out what you can be best at, it is good start to ponder upon. But in no ways, it should suggest anything on your potential of achieving anything going out of your comfort zone. I would also like you to read through the book "IKIGAI - The Japanese secret of happy and long life Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles" , this does provide a good perspective . Talent and Aspirations [accomplishments] are always point in time. You can work through expanding them. When in doubt, listen to your heart - Things that gives you maximum fulfillment, things you are passionate about and somewhere you can align to naturally. You can always double check with the folks who can provide candid feedback [with your best interest in mind].
Riley recommends the following next steps:
So make a list of what you love to do - and pick out what makes you love to do it.
I think you can ask your friend or family, since they may know more about your personality, and I will suggest you to ask for feedback when you finish some task or activity, then it's good for you to know your strength and weakness. I know it's not easy to find but you can try to ask for feedback.
Be curious about everything, maybe you will find that you are very interested in somethings.
Become a doer, try to do and learn every things about your interested.
Ask your friends and family.
Don't push yourself too hard, so many people find their talent after changed one or two jobs.
Enjoy what you are doing and find your passion is much more important than find your talent.
I hope it will help you.
In addition, career counseling might be a good option too.
Just know, many people change their careers mid-way.
So make a list of what you love to do - and pick out what makes you love to do it.
Think about the things you enjoy doing.
Think about how to improve them since you enjoy them.
Get real good at it if you can.
That should be your talent .
And now.. think about how best you can apply your talent to improve the world.
Good luck and do know that you have talents.
As someone still looking for "my talent" I can safely say we may be looking in the wrong areas to identify it. My brain is constantly going, I have a hard time shutting it off. This means I jump hobby to hobby, activity to activity, interest to interest almost on a daily/weekly basis. I always struggled trying to be like everyone else and find my special talent or niche. I have determined several things, A) its ok to be a jack of all trades master of none, do what makes you happy when you feel like doing it. B) Be eclectic, having a variety of things to discuss, even failures makes you a more interesting person! C) I think we get caught up trying to make our talent a physical thing ie lifting weights, playing an instrument, being the best at a task. I would recommend looking within yourself. I have been told many times that my ability to communicate with people is special, that the jobs I have always held are jobs that "help" people. I have been told I have a great sense of humor, that I am also a hard worker. Those things may not seem like much but there are people out there in the world that do not possess these qualities. So rather than juggling potatoes in a bucket of water...… look inside yourself there are things you may already be doing that set you apart and that you can build on! Along the way you may meet like minded people who can introduce you to their joys/passions and you may find something you are talented at that way. Never stop searching and learning!
Here are some considerations to figure out your talent:
1. What do you do well? In school, I was great in science and math. I also enjoyed literature and history and did exceptionally well in those courses. I now understand that I am more analytical than most people; I find that numbers can help tell a story.
2. How do you spend your spare time on weekends? What are your past times? When I was very young, I had a lot of difficulty with reading. But, when I learned, I would go to the library several times a week. All my spare time was spent reading. Eventually, this would lead to an interest in and a talent for writing.
3. What perspective do others provide? What do your teachers, guidance counselors tell you? I never thought I was analytical because my entire family was involved in STEM careers while I was in marketing. However, all my leaders and co-workers would remark that I was very strong analytically. As I progressed in my career, I've come to see how this talent has helped me with my career.