We all have them. We may try to dismiss the fact we have talents, hide our knowledge and dismiss our skills but that doesn’t make them go away. In Marcus Buckingham’s book “Go Put Your Strengths to Work,” he tells us that our strengths are our talents, knowledge and skills. However, taking time to actually think about what ours are is where we seem to be failing. Let’s look at each separately and see if we can’t get busy thinking about what our they really are.


I can remember growing up believing I had no talent whatsoever. I felt like a fish out of water most of the time as I would listen to my friends sing beautifully, dance creatively or do some type of art where they took something ugly and made it beautiful.

Our talents are what comes naturally to us. Our talents are what we enjoy most and seem to talk about a great deal. If we want to know our talents, we can ask a few people at work, school, home, etc. and write down the feedback we get from them. Then we can look at the list and see which ones we enjoy the most and go from there.


Basically our knowledge is what we have learned in life either through tough lessons or through education. Knowledge can be acquired on a regular basis. We have control of what we want to learn so we have no excuse to say we don’t know. Let’s make a running list of the things we know to get an idea of what knowledge we do have.

From the book “You Can Do Anything!” by James T. Mangan, he give 14 ways to acquire knowledge. Surely we can find 3-5 ways we can more knowledge on some subjects of interest, on our own talents or our skills.

An article about his book is at: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/04/22/14-ways-to-acquire-knowledge-james-mangan-1936/ Read it and write down some ways you can acquire knowledge this week.


Our skills are the things we have practiced over time combining our talents and knowledge. We have practiced them so much that they almost seem automatic.

There are many skills assessments online we can take to determine our skills; however, I did a little research and found a great site that discusses skills and has some assessments to take at: https://www.careerkey.org/identify-your-skills/index.html


I am starting a book recommended by a new acquaintance. It is called “Let the Elephants Run” by David Usher. It is about creativity. He says stop thinking that everyone was born with a creative mind but yourself. So true. Just as I used to believe I had no talent, no knowledge and no skills, I have since learned I do have some of all of them. And I am creative. I can make things happen. David goes on to say “creativity is 95% work and discipline, and just 5% inspiration.

That is what I had missed. I was lacking the work and discipline part. I expected it to just happen naturally. Wrong. If we want it, we have to work at it. Just like everything in life.

I am ready. Are you?