The first step in the right direction is a deliberate step towards your destiny. In order to live a fulfilling life you have to know what makes you happy. We realize that we can fascinate you with stories of perseverance, but we want you to have that same triumph in your own life.
In 2014, Wazobia Global Network published a book called “Unleashing Your Talent: Success Secrets of Highly Talented People.” We decided to use excerpts from the book to create a series on finding your talent. We want you to discover the true essence of who you are, by discovering your talent.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
In my conversations with people, I often hear this statement: “This person is talented, or that person has talent.” They often make these statements when they are viewing entertainment programs such as musical performances or movies, art, and sporting events. While it is natural to think of entertainers, artists, and athletes as having talent, or gifts, we must bear in mind that talent is not restricted only to entertainment, fine art, and sports. Writers exhibit talent as well as teachers, chefs, medical workers, electricians, community leaders, social workers, landscapers—the list is endless. All professions require a degree of talent, and we are all talented in one area or another. So just because some of us cannot engage in sporting activities or perform in show business does not mean that we lack talent.
So what exactly is talent? Talent can be defined as a special or creative ability that one is born with or acquires. It could be looked at as a strength—in essence, something that someone is good at. Such abilities empower us to do things in a unique or innovative way.
For example, in the professions mentioned above, it could harness a variety of talents. A writer may have a natural knack for working with words in interesting or poetic ways. A teacher may be skilled at taking very complicated subject matter and breaking it down into nuggets that are easily understandable by students. A chef may be very gifted at combining different spices and flavors to achieve a special delicacy. Medical workers (which can include doctors, nurses, dentists, mental health practitioners, pharmacists, dieticians, paramedics, and many more) may be really good at working with the public and helping people. But what about the electrician? It takes a technical mind to successfully install and maintain electrical equipment, which is a talent within itself. Good community leaders are talented at inspiring their people to action, and good social workers may be blessed with empathetic hearts and minds, which is necessary for this line of work. Lastly, landscapers use their unique abilities to transform plant life into works of art, a task that requires skill, creativity, and—of course—talent.
We all have AT LEAST one talent, but our talents are in different forms and proportion, and they are as unique as individuals themselves.
Benefits of Having Talent
Talent plays a prominent role in our destination in life. Without some degree of talent, the probability of achieving success is very slim. Most long-term successful people are those who maximize the use of their talents. Another benefit is that talent gives your life a direction. Once you know your gifted area, you start channeling your resources and time in that direction, which leaves little or no time for distraction.
Another aspect about talent that is that it can immortalize you. People we look up to as legends and role models are remembered because they maximized their talent and made an impact on their generations in some way.
Last but not least, talent attracts support to you. A brilliant student with a stellar grade point average is likely to qualify for scholarships and many other opportunities more than students whose grades are not as high. Similarly, a researcher is likely to have more access to grants than a non-researcher. Such opportunities are available to many people, but those who are talented in specific areas have greater access to these advantages
Identifying Your Own Talent
We have established that talent is something that everybody has in some form or proportion. So now the question is how do we identify the kind of talent we have as individuals?
We can look within by asking ourselves the following questions:
- What do I enjoy doing?
- What do I like to do often?
- What do people compliment me for?
- What do I do with ease or faster than other things?
- What is unique or special about me?
- What do I believe I am good at doing?
Looking within and asking yourself questions about what you do with ease or that you do constantly will help a great deal in your discovery of who you really are and what talents you have.
If you are still not sure what direction you should be going, join us next Wednesday as we discuss different types of talents.
What did you discover about yourself in your quest to find your talent? Are you already pursuing your dream job or career, tell us about it and inspire other people.