Discovering your talents

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As a follow-up from a previous article on Creating value self-employed as means of exchange to secure the economic resources we all need, let’s now talk about how to find these innate talents that we have to convert, some way or the other, into something tangible so they can be used to provide value for others.

Absolutely all of us possess certain abilities that stand out above other people. Some have the gift of communication, some are wonderful organizers, some create harmony wherever they go, some are leaders, etc. When you know what’s your best ability then you have a good foundation to build your life upon, and this is what we are set to discover now. Concerning the other abilities we’re not very good at, it is not worth it trying too hard to develop them.

Why don’t we work with these less developed abilities to improve them? Because it doesn’t make sense. There are millions of people in the world that will be better at these talents than we ever will be, and no matter how hard we try, we will never develop them to the level of those who have it by nature.

To be the best version of ourselves and to perform extraordinarily, we should do what we are good at by default. So your first task is to discover what are your strengths, and then find that place-occupation-activity-situation where to apply them.

How to discover our talents

The Gallup Institute is recognized worldwide for its famous list of 34 talents. Based on studies of millions of people, they managed to come up with a list of 34 qualities that a person possesses, to a greater or lesser extent. The list consists of things like communication, empathy, leadership, objectivity, organization, analysis, etc., etc. From this list, there will be some 4 or 5 things that you will be especially good at, and the goal for you is to find them.The list of talents is shown below.

How to use the list?

The first thing you have to do is to carefully read each talent definition. Then, look into yourself, in your character, in your personality, how is it applicable to you and if it really applies. Are you really extra generous? Are you prudent? Are you competitive? This exercise is not about a yes or no answer, it’s about giving each talent an appropriate value as we believe it’s in us.

Read thoroughly and mark each item from 1 to 5, with 1 being underdeveloped, and 5 being a truly innate and highly developed talent.

  1. Achiever. People who always need to be doing something, they are hyperactive in a positive way.
  2. Activator. Extremely good at initiating and starting things up. “Let’s go there!” Eager to take action.
  3. Adaptability. Flexibility is the talent of those who live the here-and-now, welcoming unforeseen events with ease. They’re OK with the idea that things can go differently from the plan. They adapt to the unexpected.
  4. Analytical. They approach life rationally and objectively, they love facts, they want proof that things progress, they’re the logical ones, sometimes distanced from their emotions.
  5. Arranger. The one who organizes, the orchestra conductor. he/she knows how to handle several variables at the same time and to orchestrate them to maximize results. He/she works in multi-task mode.
  6. Belief. Strong awareness of values and convictions. He/she sees the world through these values, and he/she is “All-for” defending them. Integrity and congruence.
  7. Command. Assumes leadership in all situations. They give orders and instructions. For them confrontation is not a problem but the first step in solving a problem.
  8. Communication. They know how to convey the message by making it irresistible. They’re not happy with stating the facts. They know how to cheer, to captivate. A good communicator.
  9. Competition. Those who know the competition level of everyone else. Their incentive is to be the best and they need others to compete with. This is the energy required for their motivation.
  10. Connectedness. To feel part of something bigger, united to others and the universe. To be aware of the global picture. Respect for interactions.
  11. Context. It is someone who takes the past as a reference and addresses a situation based on that. The past is useful to understand the present. To know where you come from is to understand where you are now and what to do next.
  12. Deliberative. Cautious and watchful. They pay special attention to where they stand. Serious, cautious people, taking their time to check everything.
  13. Developer. This is people who see the potential of others and who can provide support based on these potentials. A talent developer.
  14. Discipline. The universe in which this person evolves must be predictable. They need structure to build the world. They’re detail oriented and specific. They break down projects into sub-parts and sub-goals.
  15. Empathy. Ability to be in someone else’s shoes and to feel what they feel.
  16. Fairness. Justice and equality. For this type it is very important to be fair and to make fair decisions.
  17. Focus. Once a decision is made, they don’t quit. They stay focused in one goal until they get it.
  18. Futuristic. The visionary. They see what’s going to happen before everyone else does. They detect trends early on. Their vision of the future is as strong as the present time. A pioneer.
  19. Harmony . They generate harmony around them.
  20. Ideation. Creative. Playful, they skillfully generate of ideas. Brainstorming: what if … and what then attitude… They see the world with an open mind. Creativity.
  21. Includer. Integration. This talent concerns knowing how to integrate people within a group and to make them feel welcomed, creating a sense of belonging.
  22. Individualization. Inclusiveness. “To take someone else’s measurements”. They detect what’s special in others and treats them accordingly.
  23. Input. Informational input. They like information, the more the better. They collect and document. “This may be useful someday”.
  24. Intellection. Intellectuality. Taste for intellectual activity. To dig out, deeper.
  25. Learner. Avid learner. Learns for the sake of learning, without seeking to become and expert in any particular field.
  26. Maximizer. They know where the gold seam is and how to make the best of a system or a situation. They improve what already works well and make room for new margins.
  27. Restorative. Passion to repair what’s broken. Good at finding out what’s wrong and how to solve it.
  28. Positivity. A person with contagious enthusiasm. They see the glass is half full.
  29. Relator. This person nurtures and maintains relationships, creating a high level of confidence and loyalty.
  30. Responsibility. They possess a strong sense of responsibility. They are committed to their word and their deeds. Honesty and loyalty. Reputation is all.
  31. Self-Assurance. Person convinced that they will always prevail. Conviction and self-confidence. Criticism doesn’t bring them down. Resistance.
  32. Significance. Difference and originality. For this person it is important to stand out, they need to be heard, looked at, admired. They want to be different. An eccentric.
  33. Strategic. They anticipate things and choose the best starting point.
  34. Woo. (Winning others over) Persuasion power. People talented to promptly convince others to join them in their cause. They captivate and seduce, they know how to “sell” things… (without care for what’s next).

Once you have done this exercise look at how many 5’s or 4’s you scored. That’s your first list of strengths. Do you agree with them? Do you think anything is missing or one should not be that high in the list? Look into you again.

The next step is to ask people who know us, to anonymously evaluate us as described above, you can pass them the list and ask them to score your talents in the list. Then, average the the score of each item, or compare it directly with your score. Do they match? Are you surprised by the results? Do you have hidden talents that everyone sees and you haven’t noticed? Or, on the other hand, do you think you have a talent that nobody sees?

Summary

The objective of this exercise is to determine 5 or 6 (or could be less) of your strongest points, make the list and think how you are using them in your life. Are you taking advantage of your strengths at work, at home, with your family, in your hobbies? If so, congratulations! for sure you’re doing great. If not, what can you do to match what you do with your talents?

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