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5 Ways To Identify Your Talents And Utilize Them

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 July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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