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November 24, 2018
Remember those days back in grade school when you would compare your talents with others? Many of the other kids could dance, sing, play an instrument, beat box, juggle, or write poetry. Quite possibly you admired the other kids for their talents and didn’t see your own. Everyone has a talent that is unique to them. Maybe when you were a child it wasn’t quite on the surface, but it was there.
First things first, we need to stop comparing ourselves to others. Each and every one of us is different and offer something unique to this world. One thing I have noticed in the blogging community is that talent diversity is applauded and encouraged. This is how the entire world should be, but alas, it’s not. Many believe that the world is unchangeable or hopeless if you will, but I like to think that if we can’t change THE world, we surely can change OUR part of the world.
What are you good at? What comes naturally to you? I only want positive answers here! If you don’t know, ask someone close to you, you may be surprised at what they tell you. I have learned recently that it is a great tool for self awareness to ask your friends and colleagues what they think your greatest and weakest qualities are. This way you can have a better idea of what you need to work on and what you need to celebrate.
Learning what your friends, co-workers, and family think your greatest talents are will not only help you to be more aware of them, but it will also help to raise your self esteem. If you would like to find out your talents on your own, I recommend the book Don’t Waste Your Talent it includes assessments and honing techniques to discover and grow your talents.
When you discover what your talents are, they might be surprising to you. When I first started asking I was pleasantly surprised. I have been told of my perseverance, my open mindedness, my Truth seeking, and my resilience. We need to use our talents to improve the world around us.
Maybe your parents or teachers had told you about your talents of resilience, determination, patience, leadership, empathy, or perseverance. Now that you know about them, learn about them, enhance them, grow them. This could lead you to your calling, if you haven’t already discovered it. Remember that even though some people have similar talents, that doesn’t mean we all use them in the same way.
For instance look at Martin Luther King Jr. He had the ability to motivate and encourage. He was a strong public speaker. He also used his empathy and truth seeking. His message came from a place of love and understanding. While there have been other brilliantly talented public speakers that motivated and encouraged but not from a place of empathy or love.
Make a commitment today to embrace your unique talents and to celebrate them. The way you use and display them is yours and yours alone. I applaud you for using them in this world that needs you to contribute them.
What unique talents do you possess? Let us know in the comment section below.
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