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How to Discover and Focus on Your Talents

Everyone has the potential to be exceptional at something. In most cases, it’s something that comes naturally like sports, art, music, or a skill like carpentry.
However, there are some who think they aren’t talented in any way and believe they pale in comparison to more gifted people. Thankfully, it is more likely they simply haven’t discovered their area of excellence yet. There are many reasons why someone may not know what their talents are. Perhaps they haven’t had an opportunity to do it yet or perhaps it’s something they did as a child and have forgotten about.
Regardless, finding your hidden talent is definitely worth the effort as they can enrich your life significantly, either as a hobby or as a career. Read on to learn ways to discover and focus on your talents:

How to Discover Your Talent

When trying to find out what your talent is, sometimes it’s as easy as knowing what you are drawn to and what you care about. For a lot of talented people, their minds are drawn to activities that seem to make sense to them very quickly. Their brains are wired in a way that allows them to see how to do something well with minimal instruction and guidance. While just about anyone can learn how something works and develop an appreciation for it, people with a natural born talent will have an innate deeper level of understanding.
To discover your talent, one of the first things you should do is spend more time focusing on the activities that already interest you. For example, if you have a deep love for music, rent an instrument for a while and take a few lessons. If that doesn’t work, perhaps try a different instrument, or take a few singing lessons. Maybe your talent lies in writing music? It could take a little time and some experimentation but eventually, you’ll be able to figure out why you’ve always felt so drawn to music.
That said, if you’re not initially good at it, that doesn’t mean you should give up either. You could be a late bloomer, or it could be something that you’d still enjoy doing and learning about, even if you aren’t great at it.
Alternatively, instead of focusing on things you’re already good at or interested in, try thinking about what kind of person you and what kind of personality type you have. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are the ways you go about your daily tasks? Often, discovering what makes you a unique person can point you toward where your talents lie.
Going back to the music example, if it turns out you’re not talented at playing or writing music, you may have other skills that could lead to a pursuit in the music business. Perhaps you could be a critic or a producer? Just because you can’t play it doesn’t mean you don’t know good music when you hear it. Perhaps your passion lies in another part of the business that allows you to feel like you’re a key part of it e.g., music studio management or selling instruments.
Upon further reflection, perhaps there was something that you had a strong interest in and talent for when you were a kid that you lost as you grew up. Maybe you didn’t have the time or money for it, maybe it was something that was frowned upon by your peers, or maybe it was something ruined by another person, like a bad teacher. Give it another try and see if you still have a knack for it, even if you have to shake off a little rust. Even if it’s something you’re hesitant about going back to, it’s important to get out of your comfort zone when trying to find your true talent.
In fact, one of the most important things to do when trying to discover your talent is to get out of your comfort zone and keep an open mind. You may find your talent lies in a niche that nobody else has even considered before.

How to Focus on Your Talents

Some people, after discovering what their talent is, tend to take their foot off the gas as if it was a completed task. However, those who are willing to continue to focus their talent and pursue it often live more fulfilling lives.
As said by Kallam Anji Reddy, a renowned Indian entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical industry: “Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” Therefore, you will not only enrich your own life by homing in on your talent, but you will enrich the lives of others, whether it be through serving, entertaining, or inspiring them.
So how do you focus on your talent? Practice and study. If you want to improve, you’re going to have to work hard at it and develop those talents into something. Practice regularly, challenge yourself to do things you’ve never done, and pursue knowledge on the topic to learn how to do more with it. In this way, like those who are considered the best at what they do, you’ll be able to go from someone who was good and become someone who is great.
You don’t have to pursue a career in what you’re talented in to be fulfilled. You’re completely allowed to become great at something just because you love doing it, especially if you already have a stable or promising job. In fact, becoming great at something can cause you to love it even more. If you do decide to make a career out of what you’re good at, that’s all the more reason to work as hard as you can to become great at it to get the most out of it.


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