You’ve probably looked around your circle of friends and fellow professionals and realized that pretty much everyone you know has a talent. If you’re unsure whether you have a talent or strength, I’ve got good news for you!
If you’re alive and breathing, then you’ve got a talent. What you might not know is that talent is a direct function of how much time you spend engaged in an activity. There are people who can pick up a sport the first time they play it, and who can play the violin like a professional at the age of five, but they are few and far between.
For the most part, every talented peak performing athlete – or anyone who has achieved an unparalleled level of mastery at his or her craft – has likely spent more time doing it than anyone else.
Even the superstars we know and love didn’t become great overnight. Michael Jordan didn’t pick up a basketball the very first time and play the way that he did while in the NBA. Tiger Woods didn’t wake up one morning and start winning PGA Golf tournaments.
These masters and all of the others, in any field that you can imagine, spent a lot of focused time honing their craft to get to the highest level.
What does this have to do with your talent or strength? It’s simple. What most people consider talent is usually more a function of something you’ve invested the most time in doing.
Let’s think about that for a minute. What do you spend the most time doing? You might laugh, but what if someone’s favorite pastime is watching TV? What could their talent or strength be?
Consider these ideas:
* Perhaps that person who knows everything about what’s on TV or what’s in the theaters is a movie buff. With this intuitive knowledge about what’s on television or on screen, this person could easily start a highly informative blog about what’s on TV or start a movie/TV show critique website.
* Maybe this person knows so much about movies and how they are made that he could work on creating an original movie!
You see, the list goes on and on, and chances are, you have strengths that you don’t even recognize or consider to be strengths.
If you are great at listening to others, that can be a helpful clue as to what one of your strengths are. Have people ever complimented you about something you did?
* Have others looked at you in amazement over something that you did, no matter how small or insignificant it seemed to you at the time? If you’re thinking back to the time you burped the ABC’s, then it’s time to hire an agent since yes, there are professional “burpers” too!
On a more serious note, even if you haven’t elicited shock and awe from people this doesn’t mean that you don’t possess a significant strength or talent worthy of being recognized for. After all, wouldn’t it be silly if everyone else in the NBA quit because they weren’t as good as Michael Jordan?
Don’t worry if it takes some time for you to discover your talents.
Another effective method for figuring out what your good at is sitting down and writing out all of the different things that you do throughout the day. Try and zero in on what you spend the greatest amount of time doing and you’ll be on the fast track towards finding your hidden talent.
Discovering your hidden talents can open up new dimensions in your life and bring you a fulfillment and zest for life that you never realized was possible!