We all have natural abilities: things we’re particularly good at. Some have an ease with music, others with drawing or writing, mathematics, athletic activities, etc.
Talents are meant to be shared, and it’s a sad thing when they go wasted, or even worse, when they’re misused.
We should do our best with the abilities we have and work at making a valuable contribution to the world with them. Yet, many of us, if we’re honest, haven’t been doing the most with our talents.
Here are a few recommendations to remedy this:
- Identify your talents. What are you good at? What comes easily to you? Sometimes, we take for granted what comes easily to us, and assume that, if something is easy to us, it must be easy to others. Not so. Take time to identify your natural abilities.
- Develop your talents. Having talent is not enough. You must make the decision to develop them and commit to follow through. Talents shine the brightest when they are polished through focused and consistent work. Take responsibility for the development of your talents.
- Focus on your talents. Don’t be jealous of someone else’s talents; coveting someone else’s talents doesn’t help yours flourish. Celebrate other people’s talents, and share yours so others can enjoy what you have to offer.
- Keep a sober attitude about your talents. This is in contrast with the previous point. Don’t let your talents give you a big head. Stay humble and teachable. Pride precedes the fall. As you stay teachable, you will find teachers and mentors who will accelerate your growth.
- Don’t give up on your talents. As you develop your talents and share them with the world, you’ll face challenges, some of which may discourage you and cause you to doubt yourself, and you may be tempted to give up. Don’t. Persevere. Great rewards await on the other side of challenges.
- Surround yourself with people who nurture your talents. There are many people who, consciously or unconsciously, stifle your talents. They drain you, distract you, and discourage you. As much as you can, stay away from them. Seek the company of people who nurture you, encourage you, empower you to grow.
I’ve met many people – too many people – who live with regrets because they feel they could have done way more with their talents. You may not have done as much as you could in the past, but you can change that today. Make the decision to share your talents.
Questions: What are some of the things you’ve done to make sure your talents are put to good use? You can leave a comment below.