To find our talents, we have to experiment. It is extremely rare to just discover one’s talents straight out of high school. A talent is something that you are naturally good at combined with lots of experience over the years.
Although some people are born with certain talents, like the ability to paint, solve math problems, and create or play music, not all of us are lucky enough to meet our talents in early years. That’s why we have to stop depending on luck and start taking action. Going from one thing to another, wrong or right, we build ourselves as an individuals. Before we show off our talents, we must first find them.
I’ve selected 5 ways to identify your talents and utilize them. Make sure that you find yourself in each of them.
1. Dive into action!
Action is underrated. We think too much. We spend all day thinking about what should be done instead of doing something about it. I wasted almost a year before I started blogging. I wasted a whole year trapped inside of a thinking-phase and trying to discover my talents. What was the outcome? I wasted lots of time. There is no good outcome from over-thinking.
Do stuff, write your ideas in a notebook, and work. It works even in the beginning; just start something. Even if it’s wrong, at least you’ve eliminated one possible talent. Force your thoughts into actions. That’s the only the way you will dive into action; otherwise, the overall time is wasted.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” –Albert Einstein
Never stop questioning! Diving into action and questioning everything are the two quick-start boosters for finding your talents. Be curious. Find what drives your blood and keep pursuing it. If we stagnate in one place and stop asking questions, we will never reach the extraordinary. Take action, do more, and keep questioning! Life is too boring when you know all the answers.
3. Select your talents.
At some point, in one place or another and after frequently taking action, we will discover our talents. Some people are good at public speaking; some are good at selling products, and some are good at blogging. Knowing what you are good at opens a lot of opportunities.
We have to decide in what direction we will head. If it’s public speaking, we can be a representative for a firm. If it’s blogging, we can choose between 10,000 things to write about. We have to dive into action, discover our talents, and select our direction.
4. Keep upgrading.
This concept fits right in with number two. Keep questioning and keep answering those questions to upgrade your knowledge and skills. If we keep asking ourselves questions, but we let the answers slip right through, we will experience overthinking. And as discussed in number one, overthinking will only waste time rather than help us find our talents.
Recently I meet the guy who broke the world record in a marathon. Before he broke the world record, he kept asking himself, “Can someone pass that time?” or “How much more should I push to have a faster pace than the world record?” He kept answering those questions, and eventually, he did pass Patrick Macau’s world record by 15 seconds. He personally said that he wouldn’t stop until he has the world record at a safe place. Upgrading is a must for talent; otherwise, we will keep sinking into quicksand.
5. Reach perfectionism.
It’s been said that perfection doesn’t exist, and it’s true. Perfection to me is being better than the guy you were yesterday! That’s what perfection is, to keep bettering ourselves everyday. Read, motivate, inspire, share your knowledge, and support your talents everyday.
Steve Jobs invented Apple computers and inspired his workers to build new Apple products. Apple continues his work without him, and they will persist in improving their products until the last day of Apple’s existence. The fact is, Steve Jobs did reach his personal perfectionism, and did the best he could until his last breath.
Time is passing by. Take more action, never stop questioning, select your talents, upgrade and reach your personal perfectionism. Be the best version of you!
“Stay hungry, stay foolish” –Steve Jobs