Everyone has a talent, and not just one. A talent is a natural endowment of a person. It is an ability or natural capacity that we have. It can be really hard to identify our brightest talents and they are often in the places we least expect. Here are five tips to discover your talents.
Learn from assessments
There are numerous, scientifically validated assessment tools that can help individuals determine key personality traits, interests, skills, and areas of expertise.
Open your mind to all paths
Because you are likely blind to what some of your talents really are, a good place to start when evaluating your talents is to just open your mind to the possibilities. Talents come in all shapes and sizes and extend into many areas of life.
Find what makes you feel strong
Keep track of how you spend the next two days: What are you doing, feeling or thinking about daily? Write down everything that energizes you and makes you feel strong. It could be a particular physical activity such as meeting up and going dancing with a friend or a mental activity such as finding a solution to a difficult problem. Then when you found a few things you repeatedly do and love, dig deeper and see what part of that particular activity made you feel good.
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.
Now pick one talent and try it on
Write down all the resources (knowledge, skills, etc.) that would help you to perform this talent. Thus you will know about yourself and your abilities much more. Analyze the results and identify the talents written more times.
Write the story of your life
This exercise can help you reveal not only the talents that you have but also talents that you should consider developing. Write about what you were like as a kid, what you liked to do before and after school, what your favorite subjects were. Write about growing up.
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.