Do you want to unlock the talents that are hiding away within you?
They’re there – trust me.
America’s You’ve Got Talent
That’s right. You are the star and winner of your own hit TV show. You have got talent, whether you realize it or not.
These talents may not even be that well hidden – some are just disguised through layers of insecurity and a lack of self-confidence.
They are there waiting to be unleashed…
It can be hard to figure out what you’re actually good at, especially when those around you seem to know exactly what they’re doing with their lives!
If you’re struggling to find your talents, we’ve got some great tips to help you out…
First things first, you need to get out and there try new things!
If nothing you do at the moment is screaming out to you as being a worthwhile talent, it’s time to experiment a bit.
We often get so bogged down with our everyday lives that it’s hard to think of something we do that we really, truly excel at.
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and that nothing you do is very exciting or interesting?
The more mundane an activity feels, the more likely you are to feel despondent and uninspired.
Look into local classes – if there’s a community college or learning space near you, there’s bound to be some kind of vocational course you can join.
Try your hand at ceramics, life drawing classes, or a photography workshop.
If you’d rather do something more physical, why not join a local sports team? You don’t need to be in incredible physical shape or have a vast knowledge of the rules of basketball, you just need to be willing to get stuck in.
You never know, you might turn out to have a secret shooting talent and be the next big slam-dunker!
Hit the internet and see what other people are up to. You’ll be amazed at the amount of inspiration you can find on Instagram and Pinterest – it’s not all selfies and foodie photos.
By exploring new hobbies, you’re likely to find something that resonates with you.
Ask Your Loved Ones
It can be really hard to see yourself in a true light, so it’s worth asking those who know you best.
Chat to someone close to you and whom you can trust. Ask them to tell you what they think you’re good at and go from there.
They might tell you things you already know, but you might also be surprised.
Your parents might remember a hobby you had when you were a teenager that you’d forgotten about.
Close friends might remind you that you once wanted to be a singer or a dancer. Friends always see the positive in each other, so you’ll probably find out something new about yourself in the process.
The way other people see you is often more accurate than how you see yourself, so a whole new bunch of ideas might present themselves.
What Do You Enjoy?
Being talented at something means different things to everyone.
For most, it means being ‘good’ at it.
What does that really mean, though?
Art is so subjective that it’s impossible to say who’s ‘good’ or ‘bad.’
And you can be talented at something from an amateur standpoint without needing or wanting to make it a profession.
What you can learn from this is that being passionate really counts for a lot.
Talent isn’t just about the end result, it’s about the process and the thoughts and feelings you put into something.
Passion is such a huge part of talent, and we often forget that when we’re desperately trying to find something we can do well.
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Think Of Your Strengths
Most of us want a hobby or skill that is unrelated to our jobs.
If you spend all day at work making spreadsheets, you’re probably pretty talented at it. Does that mean that you want Excel formulas to be your hidden talent?
No, probably not.
Does it mean you can use this skill set elsewhere and turn it into a passion?
Lift your existing skills and channel them into something else. You might find that your organizational skills in the office make you an incredible event manager.
Being a team leader in a bar job might have actually prepared you for theatre production (amateur or otherwise) – lots of noise, colorful characters, and a knack for getting things done on busy evening shifts?
Try to reframe your current skills and use them to power you into a new hobby. You’ll be surprised by how many great things you can already do!
From there, it’s just a case of finding ways to let that talent shine…
What Can You Do Better Than 99% Of The Population?
This links to playing to your strengths, as well as a different definition of the word ‘talent.’
Some people want a talent that allows them to explore their creative side, or be bolder and more interesting.
Some of us are after a talent that we can make some money from, which is also a totally valid desire.
If you’re trying to capitalize on your existing skills, you need to think about your niche. What are you better at than most people you know?
This is where talking to close friends and family comes into play again. You might not realize it, but some things you do in your daily life will actually be a huge challenge for other people.
Organizing a wedding? For you, it’s a breeze and you’re so comfortable with an earpiece and clipboard that you can’t imagine life without them. For others, dealing with a Bridezilla, floral centerpieces, and the ‘fish or chicken’ dilemma is their worst nightmare.
Think about the things you do that other people can’t, or won’t, and work from there. Find ways to market yourself as a specialist and make that talent of yours work for you!
Listen To Yourself
Think of that thing that makes your heart skip a beat and gives you butterflies.
The thing that makes you ache inside because you need it in your life.
You might be thinking of your partner, or pizza(!), right now, but push past that.
What else is there?
Do you get a sudden tug in your stomach when you hear someone playing the guitar?
Does the thought of writing your own novel leave you feeling excited and nervous and full of hope?
Chase that feeling and find out if it’s something you can really pursue.
It might be that you have one guitar lesson and hate it, or you might be a complete natural. Either way, you’ve followed your heart and explored a new avenue.
Listening to what your soul is craving can be really tricky at times. You’re busy with work and you’re already struggling to juggle friendships, relationships, and that weekly gym class.
Watching Netflix and scrolling mindlessly on your phone tends to take over when you do get spare time, so it’s hard to know what your mind is actually thinking and craving.
The next time you have a day off, sit down, stick on a great album and brainstorm ideas.
Give yourself some breathing room to think and process, and run with whatever thoughts pop up.
If something keeps cropping up, chase it. Really.
Your heart knows what it wants, and that’s a great way to lead to your next hidden talent being uncovered…