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5 Ways To Identify Your Talents And Utilize Them

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5 Ways To Identify Your Talents And Utilize Them

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.

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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.

2. Discover.

“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.

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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.

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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

Featured photo credit: Question Everything / Nullius in verba / Take nobody’s word for it / Duncan Hull via flickr.com

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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