How To Be Talented At Something: 14 Ways To Find Your Talents

Want to know how to be talented at something? Then you’re in the right place.

The term ‘talent’ usually refers to an innate ability that everyone seems to come into the world with. It is true that having a talent can help you succeed in life and it is a good idea to try to discover and develop that potential.

However, try not to put too much emphasis on discovering a unique talent. Many people go through life perfectly happy and able to learn new skills without having any particular ability.

How To Be Talented At Something:

1. Go back to your childhood.

Going back to your childhood and thinking about what you wanted to achieve as a young person is a great way to discover where your skills lie. This is often a time when you had goals that were not limited by what most others consider ‘reality’.

One of the things that holds you back from achieving or discovering your gift is the fear of failure. By going back to your childhood, you will be able to release your fear of failure and limitations.

Think about what you wanted to achieve as a child and what activities you enjoyed doing as a child.

2. Think about what you do when you lose track of time.

One of the most important things you can do is to focus so intensely on what you enjoy doing that you forget everything else for a while. Remember that not all abilities will be apparent right away. You may have to dig a little deeper into your hobby to find out what turns you on.

Think about this: when you are bored at work or school, what do you dream of doing? What would you do if you had an infinite amount of money at your disposal? Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world? How would you spend your days if you didn’t have to work?

These and other questions can help you find out what you excel at and what motivates you.

3. Seek advice from others.

When you’re struggling to see clearly, sometimes it’s a good idea to seek another point of view. Your friends and family members should be able to provide you with some insight into areas where they think you have potential.

The areas in which you want to excel do not always coincide with those in which others think you are gifted. This is good! Just because you don’t have an innate gift for something doesn’t mean you can’t be excellent at it, and having a talent for something doesn’t mean you should pursue it in your life.

4. Experiment with new concepts.

Go out and try new things, especially if you are unsure of your skills. This way you are more likely to discover what you really excel at and what turns you on.

Observe and appreciate other people’s abilities. When looking for your own skills, you should look at other people’s skills. Think about the people you know who are talented and appreciate their abilities.

Get out of the house and look around your neighbourhood. Take courses at your local university, attend lectures or author events at your local library or bookshop, or volunteer at a local school teaching cooking, rock climbing or mentoring.

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5. Give yourself some space.

While getting other people’s opinions is beneficial, you should also give yourself time and space to sort things out for yourself. You don’t want to be completely influenced by the views of others.

Many people discover their gift as a result of a life-changing event that is not planned or anticipated. It is possible that a great musician may attend a concert that sparks his interest in music. So, when you are faced with something that may cause you to change, sit still and take it all in.

Do things on your own. Do things on your own, especially if they are new to you. This will allow you to determine if you have a knack for something, without feeling obliged to perform in front of others in any way.

6. Practice a little.

While skill is essential when it comes to doing things well, practice is the real determinant. It makes no difference how talented you are.

If you don’t practice, you will never be as excellent as you could be at anything. In fact, people who are naturally gifted at something often do worse in the long run because they think they don’t have to work.

Set yourself a specific amount of time each day to work on your skills. For example, if you have a talent for writing, set aside half an hour every morning before work to write. If you have a talent for basketball, get out on the court and practice.

Focus on the areas where you lack skills. Even if you have a skill, it does not guarantee that you will be good at everything.

7. Put an end to negativity.

Negative thinking, whether you are gifted or not, can stifle your talents faster than anything else. Because you won’t think about yourself as much, if you combat negative thoughts, you’ll find it easier to find and develop your gift.

Recognise thinking patterns (1). The first step in overcoming negativity is to become aware of when and what you are doing.

Perhaps you only allow negative thoughts into your head (this process is called filtering), or you tend to over-analyse everything. Pay attention to how you think about yourself, your circumstances and your abilities (for example, do you place too much importance on your abilities?).

Check your thoughts every day. Before you try to change your thinking, you must first become aware of it. Stop and recognise the thought for what it is when you notice yourself slipping into catastrophism.

Self-feelings should be positive or neutral. The key is to switch from negative to positive or neutral thinking.

8. Be respectful of yourself and others.

People have a terrible habit of associating themselves with their talents, and when this fails (as it sometimes does), they feel like failures. Be kind to yourself about your talents to keep yourself sane and happy.

You can use your skills for others. This can make you feel happy because instead of focusing on what your skills can achieve for you, you use them for others.

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9. Set yourself a goal. 

Talented people often reach a plateau in their development. Their abilities have taken them as far as they can go, and they see no point in continuing to develop and expand them. Staying in your comfort zone all the time is a guaranteed way to stagnate in your field.

Challenging yourself is also a great technique to keep yourself humble. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your achievements, but boasting or thinking you can’t make a mistake is a guaranteed way to annoy the people around you or bring you down.

Push yourself to exceed what you have already achieved.

Take your skills to a new level if you feel you have reached a plateau or mastered an element.

10. Diversify your activities.

If you want to develop yourself, it is important that you focus on your skills. However, you should diversify your activities beyond your gift so that you don’t devote all your time and energy to just one thing.

Do activities that have nothing to do with your skills, things you are lousy at, or just things you enjoy. This way you won’t limit yourself and will have a diverse set of experiences to draw from.

Avoid placing your self-worth and your entire existence in the hands of your ability to define it. You can be inspired and focused without letting your skills consume your life.

11. Look for unique ways to use your skills.

There are unexpected ways to use your skills, especially when it comes to jobs that may arise from your abilities. This may be a job you discovered or one you created based on a need you identified.

Look around to discover what skills are required. If you spot a gap in the market, you can start your own business.

12. Find ways to use your skills with your current position.

You don’t have to work in a job that relies solely on your skills. However, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to use them in your job. In fact, using your skills at work is a fantastic strategy for increasing job satisfaction (2).

Take a moment to examine how your skills can help your company. What do you have to offer that could be a unique or innovative solution to a problem?

13. Use your skills outside the workplace.

If you can’t think of a way to apply your skills in your current job (and there usually is one), look for ways to do it in your own time. There are many methods by which you can value your skills while allowing others to enjoy them.

Consider making a video or writing a series of blogs about your skills.

Find others who have similar skills and interact with them, either online or in person. This is another great way to keep your skills humble, but it can also be fun. These people will share your interests and help you find better employment.

14. Become a volunteer in your community.

Turn your skills into helping others and creating community. Think of all the people who have helped you along the way to success and strive to help others in the same way.

Help someone in your profession by acting as a mentor. Offer to help a budding graduate student in your area and help them discover their skills if you’ve already earned the position!

Thank you for reading this article about how to be talented at something and I really hope that you take action my advice.

I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you.