We all have innate talents that set us apart from the crowd, special characteristics that make us who we are and chart our path in life. Whether your talent is whether you sing well, swim well, are full of creative business ideas, or are the perfect listener, you must develop and celebrate what makes you unique. Knowing that you have talents and the confidence to share them will help you reach your potential and feel more fulfilled in life. If you want to learn how to feel confident about the things that make you special, see step 1.
Recognize your talents
- Understand that everyone has talent. Some people initially know what their talent is, but other times it can be difficult to call certain things talent. But any activity that you do with ease and skill, any activity that you naturally feel in, can be a talent. George Lucas once said: “Everyone has talent, you just have to not sit around and you will find out what you are talented at.” So what is your talent?
- Perhaps your talent lies in physical strength. You can be a talented hiker, cyclist, rope jumper or acrobat. Maybe you are a talented yo-yo player, a great surfer, or always win the local pie-eating championships.
- Perhaps your talent is intellectual or acting, such as writing great poetry, filming Youtube videos, performing in public, winning math competitions, or doing crossword puzzles.
- Or perhaps you are talented at communicating with other people. Are you a social person with 1,500 Facebook friends and 50 likes under every post? Perhaps you are the person all your friends turn to for advice when they are sad, or you know how to tell funny jokes that make your whole family roll on the floor laughing.
- A good way to determine what kind of talent you have not fully revealed in yourself is to think about what you enjoyed as a child. Children tend to spend their time doing what they feel natural in and what they like. What made you happy then? What could you do for hours without getting tired of this activity?
- Plus, how do you spend your free time now? What can you do for hours and not feel tired? Chances are, the activities in which you naturally feel, overlap with your talents. Cooking, repairing a car, winning video games, or even meditating can all be talents.
Understand that just as you do not have the talents of all other people, so they do not have your talents. Your friend may be great at drawing, but she doesn't have your gift for telling exciting stories. Or maybe your older brother is the captain of the football team and has excellent grades, but he is not as sensitive as you towards other people, or he does not have such a great sense of style
- Don't be shy about your talent! Even if he is considered strange among your friends, then you are guaranteed to find another group of people who will find your talent adorable and special. Step outside your normal social circle if no one around you appreciates your talent. Find online forums for people with similar interests.
- Perhaps you've been told that your talent is foolish, or worse, you should be ashamed of it. Our parents, friends, and society can put a lot of pressure on us, making us who we are not. Don't let other people's expectations limit you.
Developing your Talents
- Practice your talent. Your strength to be the best at something is within you, but that doesn't mean you can be excellent at what you do without practice. The world's most talented musicians practiced for hours every day, exploring their limits. This also applies to other types of talents; you have an innate ability to develop it, but you will not know how great your talent is without practice, practice and more practice. Once you start researching your talent, confidence in your capabilities will soon emerge.
- Use your talent as often as possible. Don't let your talent run out. For example, if you're a talented comedian, go open mic night a couple of times a week to practice. On days when you are not performing, hone your jokes or practice on your friends or family.
- Give yourself the freedom to spend your time on talent. You might want to revisit your schedule to make more room for the activities you enjoy. Start making talents a high priority in your life.
- Read books and blogs, watch movies, and listen to related podcasts.
- Participate in online discussions and join clubs that are related to your talents.
- Go to a conference or class about your talents.
- The relationship between mentor and protege is beneficial to both parties. The protege gains bonuses from mentor experience and leadership, while the mentor feels the satisfaction of sharing his hard-earned knowledge and getting a fresh perspective on a problem from a newbie.
- It's not always easy to find a good mentor, but you can always find a role model for yourself. If you can't find someone to take care of you, you can always look at someone you know from books or online lectures. Feel free to email or chat with this person on Twitter!
- Draw conclusions from your mistakes so that you do not repeat them again in the future. As the undoubtedly talented Thomas Edison said of his most famous invention: “I couldn't be defeated 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention of 1,000 steps. “
- Don't be afraid to ask for advice and help while you develop your talent.
Feel proud of your talents
- Share your talents with others. One of the best things about your talents is that you can use them to please other people. Think about ways in which you can share your talents and make the world a better place. Share mimes with friends, family, and people you've never seen before to get the most out of the talents you were born with.
- Think about the pleasure you get when other people share their talents. Your favorite songs, movies, dishes and jokes would never have appeared in your life if their creators hadn't decided to share their talents with the world.
- Even if you cannot share your talent, there is always an option where you can surprise other people with your talent. For example, if you are a talented meditator, you can create a meditation group or simply tell people how they can take advantage of meditation.
- Consider tutoring, teaching in the classroom, or starting a study group.
- You can also write a book, or start a blog or online forum.
- Some people do not like to turn their talent into an activity for which they will be paid. Building a career as a singer or actor, for example, takes incredible effort and is usually not an easy journey. If you have a job and you see your talent as an activity that brings you pleasure, do it in your free time, there is no shame in it.
- However, you will be happy in your job if it allows you to use one of your talents. If you're a creative person, try to find a way to get creative at work, even if you've put off your drawings for the weekend. If you are a great listener and a problem-solver, then why not use these talents at work, even if you don't want to be a therapist.
- Sports activities such as soccer, netball, swimming and athletics counts as a skill, plus it keeps you healthy and fit.
- Try yourself in new activities. You never know, you might be perfect for what you think you are terrible at!
- Develop your talents, and the more often you do it, the better you will be at it!
- Do what you love and love what you do!
- Don't let others stop you from doing what you want. Do you really want to do something? Start doing it.