Did you know that you’re a person of unlimited yet hidden talents? You’re positively brimming with gifts and abilities, it’s just that you haven’t discovered them yet. You have at least one incredible talent that lies completely beyond your awareness. You might even have more than one. There are so many things you’ve never tried, or even considered, that it’s practically guaranteed that you don’t even know what your greatest talent might be.
Imagine how much fuller your life could be if you were able to find a few of these hidden talents. You don’t know what you’re missing!
Discover your talents and learn more about yourself with these strategies:
Follow your interests
It’s interesting that the things you’re interested in can lead the path to find your talents and purpose. All you have to do is get off your butt and pursue these interests and see where they take you.
Whether you have a nagging urge to learn computer coding, a fascination with guitar riffs, or flower arranging, follow those breadcrumbs and see where they lead.
Make a list of all the interests you’ve never actually tried. Start with those that have been long-time whims of fancy and make plans to finally do them. Just pick one and give it a try. See what happens.
List your strengths
What are you good at? What can you naturally do that others seem to struggle with? What are strengths you’ve developed over the years? Given all of those strengths, what else do you think you’d be good at? This can be an effective way to identify talents you’ve never considered.
Others can see your talents clearly:
Ask for advice
Your friends and family know plenty of things about you that you don’t know about yourself. Ask them what they believe your strengths and talents are, and how they think you can put them to good use. Be prepared to be surprised – this can be incredibly revealing and can motivate you to push yourself in a new direction.
What do you like to talk about?
What do you like to chinwag about with your friends? Is there a topic that you always seem to mention every time you hang out? Do you like to share the latest TedTalk with your friends? Are you always telling them how you’d like to visit a faraway island someday? What are the dreams you share together?
Do You Admire Picasso or Stephen King?
What talents do you most admire in others?
For example, if you are a huge fan of art, maybe you have a hidden artistic or creative talent. Do you love reading? Try your hand at writing some short stories, or give blogging a go.
Take an aptitude test
An intelligence test measures intelligence. An achievement test measures how much you know. An aptitude test determines what you would be good at. In a sense, it’s a test that will reveal your talents. There are plenty of aptitude tests you can take online. Take one and see what you discover, such as the Myers-Briggs type indicator.
Maybe You’re Surrounded by Your Talents:
Review your movie, book, and music collection
What kinds of movies do you like? Where do your reading interests lie? What type of music inspires you? Is there one idea that ties your media collection together? How can you leverage this interest?
Keep an open mind
Most of us made up our minds about ourselves a long time ago. Or rather, others made up their minds about who we are and what innate talents we possess. Maybe your art teacher held up your painting with a look of disdain. Perhaps your cookery teacher laughed at your scones. That doesn’t mean they were right. Be open to discovering talents you never knew you had. It’s hard to discover anything with a closed mind.
How many talents do you currently know that you possess? What if you don’t even know about half of them? What if there are several amazing talents you don’t know about?
Given how limited everyone’s experience is, there’s no possible way you’ve found all your talents!
Have you ever been surfing? Tried playing the tuba? Tried making Baked Alaska? Tried your hand at oil painting? Attempted to write a horror novel?
Maybe it’s time to finally follow your interests and see where they lead you.
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And there’s more…
Understanding who you are, what type of personality you are, is part of the journey to discovering your hidden talents. To discover more, take a look at Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type: Understanding Personality Type – The original book behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test – Isabel Briggs Myers & Peter B Myers:
To deep dive into finding your hidden talents, take a look at this fantastic practical guide, which contains all the tools, techniques and resources you need to discover the depth of your abilities and how to unlock your potential. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life – Ken Robinson:
If you have hidden fears or blocks behind the idea of discovering your hidden talents and creativity, then look no further. Written by the incredible Elizabeth Gilbert, this book will shatter the illusion that only others have talent, and show you how easy it is to discover your own creative ability. Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert:
As you go on the journey to discover your hidden talents, it’s a good idea to keep a record of your insights and progress along the way. Take a look at my blog about the power of journaling here: Why You Need a Journal (ruthybaker.com)
Why not take the Myer-Briggs Personality Test and discover more about who you are in this free resource? https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
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