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Letters to YOU: “How can I discover my talents?”

Updated on October 17, 2011

Dear YOU,

Talent is something everyone is born with – it’s not a skill, which can be learnt and shaped to perfection with lots of practise and experience. Skill is just a developed strength. Do you believe that every single individual is unique and talented? How many times have you heard others saying to you that you’re a natural at doing something – be it cooking, singing or simply making people feel better through having meaningful conversations with them? It’s in our nature to be resistant to compliments. We usually tend to ignore people praising our natural abilities. We blush, avoid the topic, turn a compliment into a joke or simply say that others are so much better than us at doing the same thing. People take their talents for granted, often not realising that their natural ability is the hidden talent that can make the difference to life. Talents are not hidden at all – talents are ignored by us. These simple ideas will activate your thinking to discover that unique side of you.

- Explore your passions. What is it that you really LOVE doing? Write down all the things you do without noticing how much time you spend doing them. Ask others what they think your strength and talents are and add them to your list. It’s useful to broaden your options list. Often, others see your potential and talents before you do. However, be careful who you approach. Some people can really make you feel small and useless.

- Make a list of your strength and abilities. Think what it is that you’re really good at and whether you think each point on the list can be taken to another level. How does each point make you feel? Do you feel there is something else you would consider doing with it? Would you want to use it more often? Here are some basic examples of strengths and natural abilities to get you going:

Friendly motivator sense of humour writer

Innovative financially adept articulate committed

Sensitive loyal forgiving empathetic

Creative artistic psychic leader

Imaginative kind mechanically skilled pragmatic

Trouble-shooter intuitive good with animals good cook

Playful nature industrious good with plants wise

Orderly planner good with children cooperative

Energetic patient good teacher logical

Finding patterns reading people's gestures

Getting inside someone's head (over-analysing habit)

Detail-oriented great visual memory conceptualist

Philosophy/higher-thinking

Writing, math, art, design, music

Wit/sarcasms/wordplay

Brain-teasers

- Step out of your comfort zone and discover your weaknesses and fears. Think of the excuses you make not to surface your talents. Is it laziness, boredom or lack of money? What are you afraid of? Are you scared your talent won’t pay you rent? Are you afraid of what others will think of you? Do you feel you’re too old to pursue your real dreams and goals? Identify what’s stopping you from achieving what you really want. In 99% of the cases, it will be the same reason stopping you to discover your talents and maximise your potential. Do something that scares you. Try everything you’ve always wanted to do. It will make you realise quicker whether you’re good at something or not and whether you enjoy something or not.

- Become an explorer with enthusiasm and excitement and no fear. What is it that YOU do that makes YOUR heart dance?

Be healthy, happy and wealthy…. & Remember: "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."

Always by your side,

Tati Irodova

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very good questions for reflection. Thanks. Voted USEFUL.

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      Tatiana Irodova 6 years ago from London, UK

      Many thanks for your comment!

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      Gary Eby 6 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes to the power of self-worth and self-esteem. We can discover our strengths, talents, and abilities. Sometimes painful emotions keep us stuck. Enjoyed your Hug. Good writing. I like to write about emotional recovery and miracles. Peace and Light...Gary.

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