What are your talents? It’s a seemingly simple question, but so many of us struggle to answer it. Yes, there are the fortunate among us who can quickly list that they are good singers, dancers, artists, teachers, or salespeople. For others, it’s difficult.
We often go through life doing things that help us earn a living, and make our mark as contributing adults. But, how often do we see these we do as being an expression of talent?
The truth is, everybody has talent. What is difficult is pinpointing them. Some talents, you have likely been using all along. You just need to reframe the way you’ve been thinking about them. Others are still waiting to be discovered. In any case, here are five ways to reveal your hidden talents.
1. It’s Time to Journal
Maybe it’s cliché, but journaling is a great way to explore the seemingly mundane things about your daily life. You write about the things you’ve done and your thoughts, then out of all that you pull out some great insights. That explorative process is a great way to begin unearthing your hidden talents.
2. Go Back to Your Past
Sometimes, you start off pursuing talents only to drop them as you get older. They aren’t practical. You don’t have time for them. You can’t afford them anymore.
Maybe you were an amazing speller, or you made state in track. You might have even won ‘Young Authors’, or was an art and drama kid. Now, this doesn’t mean you should dust off your running shoes or paint brushes and try to start where you left off. That’s not productive or realistic.
What you can do is take your past talents, and find new things to do with them. You just have to ask yourself:
- How can I renew this gift to help in my career?
- Can I begin pursuing this for my own enrichment?
- How will this make me a better person?
3. Keep Learning
Evelyn Jarvis, head of the content department for Canada-Writers reveals: “There may be no better way to figure out what you are good at than learning new things. Some talents are just as hidden from you as they are anyone else. The solution is easy. Make a commitment to keep learning.”
Here’s some amazing news, there may be no easier time to do that than right now. You can:
- Take a class for credit or continuing education at your local community college or university.
- Sign up for a class at your library or community center.
- Check for classes at your local zoo or museum.
- Attend a Ted Talk
- Take free online courses using MOOC or another option.
If we’re honest about it, most of us do have spare time. It’s just a matter of priorities.
4. Think About the Reasons People Count on You
- I have an idea I’d like to bounce off of you.
- Can you help me get all of this paperwork organized?
- I need your assistance with next week’s party.
- I’m sad and I really need to talk.
- I know I can count on you to get the Morrison account straightened out.
“Most households, workplaces, even social circles have go-to people for certain things,” shares Preston Navarro, CEO of BestWritersCanada. “There’s the salesperson who can always close the tough deals, the friend who is great at providing a reality check, or coworker who can take a disorganized mess and make sense of it.”
What are your go-to areas? Pay attention when people ask you for advice or assistance. There’s a good chance others are seeing things you are missing.
5. Seek Out New Experiences
This is just one more reason to be open to new experiences. When you’re willing to try out new things, you increase the likelihood of your realizing you’re very good at something. Travel to new countries. Ask to be cross-trained in another role at work. Walk through neighborhoods that you’ve never visited before.
At the end of the day, there are three things that help you to reveal your hidden talents. First, always seek out learning and new experience. Next, gain insights from your past. Then, simply pay attention to your daily life. Your most valuable talents could be right in front of you. Follow the action steps here to figure it all out.