Have you heard this typical parental or teacher’s phrase before? “He has so much potential, if only he would apply and focus…” blah, blah. I was inundated by these statements throughout grade and high school. Seems that everyone had an opinion of what I should do and what I was capable of. Of course, I was a bit of a rebel and did not “agree with” or act on their assertions. I admit to lack of direction and focus for many years, something I still struggle with to this day. This is for a lack of talent or poor work ethic – quite the contrary actually – but perhaps a desire to accomplish in many areas instead of focusing on one or two.
I ask you one simple question: Do you have any talents? Of course you do! Everyone is born with some level of natural talent, an inherent ability to do something better than others. This talent may or not be recognized or realized; too often talent seen by others is unrecognizable to the self. Talent manifests itself in myriad ways: Athletics, academics, creativity, and yes, business savvy. Homepreneurs and entrepreneurs have a special set of talents including: Creativity, tenacity, charm, intelligence, and much more. The ability to manage all aspects of a business while dealing with life issues such as family, etc. puts the Homepreneur on a special pedestal.
The big issue for you – simply stated – is have you found that talent? If not, some suggestions for you. The first is read this excellent article below by Mike Michalowicz, one that very much resonated with me The second is to take a look at http://wealthwisdomandsuccess.com/ for inspiration and resources. Life is short, too short to waste years discovering what others have known for a long time. Find that hidden talent and make it your passion. Fame and fortune are nice, but self-satisfaction is far more fulfilling. (while you doing so, please drag me along)
5 Ways To Find Your Hidden Talents
By Mike Michalowicz
According to the dictionary, a talent is a natural endowment of a person. It is an ability or natural capacity that we have, which may range from our creativity to our athletic abilities. We all have them, but we are not always so good at identifying what they are. Sometimes they can be right in front of us, and we miss them.
If you can determine what your talents are, you can tap into an amazing resource that can help you in every aspect of your life, including your business. Whether you are searching for the perfect type of business to open or you want to find ways to grow the one you have, you may find the answer in your personal talents.
Ways to Discover
Ask 10 people what their talents are and you are bound to get a variety of responses, many of which will include that they simply don’t know. How can that be, you ask? Because people are often too close to what is going on for them to notice their natural abilities. So these gems go unnoticed and untapped, for years!
Finding your talent is actually much easier than you may realize. Here are 5 simple ways to find your hidden talents:
1. Listen to others. Those around you usually know what your talents are, even when you don’t. If you think about it, people have likely been telling you that you are good at something for a long time. You just weren’t listening. Now is the time to listen.
2. Determine what is easy. Are there things that you find really easy or obvious to do, while others may struggle or muddle their way through? If you have things that you find super easy, you believe that they should be just as easy, or obvious, for others, but that’s not how it plays out. In this scenario, they struggle while you stand there feeling like it was a cake walk!
3. What you enjoy most. Your talents may be demonstrating itself in other ways. Are there magazine topics that you just can’t get enough of? Are there shows you love? Think about what it is that you love to do most when you have free time. If you are drawn toward it, it is a natural talent.
4. Shut up already. Is there a specific subject that you love to talk about, often to the point that your friends want to shoot you? Consider the subject, perhaps it may be one of your hidden talents or is connected to one.
5. Just ask. Ask everyone you know that will give you an honest assessment about what they think your talents are. Ask them to ignore your bad habits and have them share the one or two things that they think you are hands down most talented at. Ask a lot of people who know you, but always ask them one-on-one. Compile the results and there is your hidden talent.
When you know what your talents are, you feel more in tune with your life. You can also use those talents to excel in the business world. Whether you leverage those talents in your product or service, or you use them to network and make quality connections, they are important to know. When you capitalize on your talents, it no longer feels like work, it just feels like living. And anything that makes business and life more enjoyable is bound to be a good thing.
Mike Michalowicz is an entrepreneur, 3 times over – building 3 multi-million dollar companies over 15 years. He is the author of the “business cult classic” (per Entrepreneur Magazine) The Toilet Paper Entrepeneur, a small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and President of Obsidian Launch a behavioral marketing firm.