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TALENTS, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

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.

TALENTS

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.

KNOWLEDGE

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.

SKILLS

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

WE CAN DO THIS!

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?

 

It is so easy for us to stay busy in life without really learning much about ourselves. For many years I pretty much listened to what others thought about me and accepted that as truth. I was told I was shy so I acted shy. I was told I was quiet so I stayed quiet. I was told many other things negative about myself so I began to believe what others said to be true.

One reason people shy away from really getting to know themselves is because they tend to believe what other people think about them as truth. However, that is far from the truth. Others don’t know us as we know ourselves. And, even better, others don’t know us as God does. We and others are blinded by our own biases and perceptions whereas God sees the truth.

So how does this relate to shying away from knowing and developing our strengths? Many reasons but here are a few:

  1. We shy away because we think we are already as good as we are going to get or we are comfortable where we are. We don’t want to change.
  2. We shy away because we don’t think we can be any different or we are afraid we will fail if we try. We don’t want to fail.
  3. We shy away because it requires effort and research to learn more about us and to develop the strengths we have. We don’t want to do the work.

These reasons are legitimate but they are simply excuses. Many of us have experienced these excuses and continue to experience them as we live in our world doing whatever we want without knowing the full capabilities we really have.

Maybe it’s time we took a “real” look at ourselves. Maybe it’s time we did some real digging and soul searching to learn about what we enjoy doing, what we are good at and how we can use that to help others. Maybe it’s time we stop shying away from our strengths and use them to make a difference.

I am ready. Are you?

It’s been over 14 years since I read the book by Marcus Buckingham about developing strengths. Rather than using that 14 years to fine tune my strengths and develop them with a plan an purpose, I have haphazardly done a little here and a little there working on some strengths but no documentation of what worked and didn’t work.

This blog is going to be about what I am doing to purposefully develop my strengths. It doesn’t matter (to you) what my strengths are but what I do want to pass along is what is working and not working so it may be helpful to you and encourage you to discover your strengths and develop them.

Why am I doing this? Because I want to live a life that is fulfilling knowing at the end of my time on earth I have used the skills and talents God gave me to add value and help others.

Why am I sharing this? Because I want to reach out to others to encourage them to follow along, ask questions and join me in this journey of self-improvement. For now it is about developing what we are already good at and enjoy doing.

Let’s work together and make a difference!

First Steps:

Write down what you believe are your strengths and what you are good at.

Find an article on why strengths are important to our development and our purpose in life.

List one thing to do to develop your strength.