When I started my blog, I knew that I enjoyed writing and I wanted to put my story "out there". Gradually, I began to post it on social media and get positive feedback from others. Slowly, my confidence started to build, and I decided to partake in both the Kindle Book Challenge, and 30 Day Blog and Linkedin Challenge through I AM WOMAN (link at the bottom of this page for more information). Both took a large amount of courage because, despite the positive comments I'd gotten on my blog in the past, including a few "you should write a book"s, I've generally been pretty convinced that if I show my writing to *real* writers (as in those who are published and have experience beyond a blog they produce themselves), it'll look totally rubbish compared to what they do.
The point of this blog, though, is not to tout my "success" at all. I just wanted to give that background as an example of a hidden talent I've found (I still feel weird calling it a talent but I'm trying!), utilizing it once you've discovered it, and how good it can feel to do so.
So how do you discover your hidden talent?
- Examine the things you like to do in your spare time. (Eliminate things like "go out drinking with friends" unless you really feel your hidden talent involves beer in some way- and I'm not kidding on that ... I have friends that have become brew masters!). Are there any that you feel you are decent at, or that just really stick out as something you enjoy more than the rest? Note - I say decent because we often under estimate our own abilities.
- Ask your friends what your talents are. If you could have another career, or do volunteer work somewhere, what do they think you should do? What others see in you can tell you a lot because they're looking at it more objectively, with less of the negativities that can often alter our self-perceptions.
- If you could do or be anything, what would you d/be and why? Often our passions are a good indicator of where our abilities lie. After all, how many of us love to do only things we're terrible at?
- Look at the types of things you post and read on social media (or anywhere for the reading part). Do you see any themes? For instance if you always post things about animals, perhaps your hidden talent has something to do with working with animals. If you always share things about how to treat others, perhaps you'd be good working with those going through a difficult time.
This blog is written as part of the I AM WOMAN 30 Day Blog and LinkedIn Challenge.