How to Find Your Talent?
A thing? Genis? Extraordinary gift? Skills?
We could define talent as a natural ability to do, behave, think or feel in a unique way, as a singular signature.
In this perspective, everyone would then be endowed with talents.
Yes, you read that right! Everyone has talents and you are no exception to the rule!
There are things that you do naturally, maybe even without realizing it, that only you do that way.
Difference Between Talent And Competence
Talent is a natural predisposition which does not mean that it develops without doing anything. Quite the contrary.
To excel in your chosen field it takes practice and deliberate practice. The performances of top athletes bear witness to this.
No one is born a virtuoso. Those who do, own it to the work they do.
So what’s the difference with competence?
Competence is something that you’ll develop over time. On the other hand, there’s a major difference between talent and competence.
You can know how to do something and be efficient in this area… But, it can cost you energy and time.
In my previous activities, I had developed good skills in human resources. However, it was clearly not an activity that made me vibrate, on the contrary. For me, HR = big stress.
Just by evoking the subject, I feel this lump in my stomach linked to the fear of having made a mistake, of having misinterpreted a text, or of having missed a rule of the convention with the possible consequences that that. could have for the company.
On the other hand, we will find coaching, designing websites, there, I am clearly in my element. It is a talent, which I am constantly working to develop, and which gives me good and beautiful energy. There I feel in the full expression of my potentialities with the feeling of bringing the best of myself.
Why Use Your Talent?
Unfortunately, we don’t necessarily have the opportunity to use all of our talents in our job. It also happens that we voluntarily choose to promote the expression of the most rewarding facets in the eyes of society and denigrate others.
However, an unactivated talent is a part of us that is neglected. Which can end up hurting us.
When we strike a balance between expressing all of our talents, then we can fully enjoy it.
Activating your talents allows you:
To feel your wings grow
Feeling in your element gives you momentum. We are carried by a certain spirit and enthusiasm. With the consequence of bringing together the right people around you and your projects.
To persevere to complete the project
We don’t stop at the first hurdle. In fact, we see problems more like challenges that stimulate us.
To find creative solutions
By mobilizing our unique resources we arrive at a unique response that results from our unique way of understanding the situation.
To stand out
When you harness your talents, you don’t even wonder how others are doing. And by being yourself, you inevitably stand out from those who are more inclined to behave strictly according to what is expected of them.
Why is it not Obvious to Identify Your Talent?
The Natural Effect
Talents are therefore natural dispositions and this is what makes identifying talents not so easy. As is natural, we think it is the same for everyone. Since it’s easy and moreover it’s fun and it boosts energy, we think it’s something trivial. All the more so when you consider talent to be an extraordinary skill.
THE LACKS or/and WEAKNESSES of Education?
At the same time, when are identifying talents taught? Well, that’s not on the school curriculum.
In our upbringing, we have been more used to pointing out our shortcomings or “weaknesses”. There are of course exceptions to the rule, it is very dependent.
We have been conditioned to downplay our strengths and focus on our “weaknesses”.
So that’s a bit of a shame. We focused more on things that did not feed our needs when we could have spent that time developing our talents.
How to Identify Your Talent?
Here I offer you 3 avenues that allow you to identify your talents:
Children naturally go for activities that make them happy. They don’t ask what society expects of them.
To do things that do not animate them, very little for them.
Parents know something about it.
What activities did you love to do as a child that made you happy? Do you still practice these activities?
Activities that plunge us into a state of flow, where we are engaged with our whole being and where we lose track of time, often hide the expression of talent.
What are the activities that give you this optimal state of experience?
What Do You Enjoy?
Being talented at something means different things to everyone.
For most, it means being ‘good’ at it.
What does that really mean, though?
Art is so subjective that it’s impossible to say who’s ‘good’ or ‘bad.’
And you can be talented at something from an amateur standpoint without needing or wanting to make it a profession.
What you can learn from this is that being passionate really counts for a lot.
Talent isn’t just about the end result, it’s about the process and the thoughts and feelings you put into something.
Passion is such a huge part of talent, and we often forget that when we’re desperately trying to find something we can do well.
In what contexts do you feel in your element? What are your favorite fields?
Leave a comment below to let us know what is your element