How to identify your talent?
For many, including myself, it is not so easy to identify one’s talent or passion.
When I attended the university I sang in a ska-punk band, just for fun.
I had started to organize festivals and concerts locally to create opportunities for me to play.
I discovered by chance that I liked organizing events.
I remember the moment when they paid me for organizing my first festival: I couldn’t believe I could even make money! Arriving in Milan I continued on this path, working as an event organizer in one of the biggest music festivals in Italy.
How to identify your talent and passions
Despite these experiences, when I wondered what I liked doing, I had a hard time giving myself an answer. After the work at the Festival, the question was relentless: “What can I do now? I have no talent whatsoever! ” It seems absurd, but I didn’t realize that in reality, I was already making my passions pay for years.
Without these answers, I felt traveling without a navigator and without a goal in mind. It is difficult to go somewhere if you don’t know where to go unless you decide to be guided by the case.
“There is no favorable wind for the sailor who does not know where to go”
The first step towards happiness
The potential of each person is the sum of his talents and identifying them is the first step towards happiness.
According to Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, “authentic happiness derives from identifying and cultivating one’s own potential and from using them daily in work, in love, in recreational activities”.
Seligman argues that we all have potential that makes us unique and that once recognized can be used in the service of something greater to produce happiness and gratification.
It is a very interesting concept that Ikigai explains: the Japanese term to indicate the reason to be, as where passion, competence, vocation and mission meet.
Simple Tiny Shifts is born with the mission of allowing you to identify your potential or talent to find happiness and fulfillment through daily planning.
Happiness in life is not an event postponed over time and linked to the achievement of a future goal, but lies in the here and now, that is, in the sum of daily happiness and in the joy of the path we are taking.
Generally we associate talent with an extraordinary gift of birth and something related to sport, art and music.
Talent means “natural aptitude or ability”. Strange to say, but it is not so easy to identify them when we do it naturally.
How many times have we become angry because someone was not able to do what was extremely simple for us?
The naturalness with which we do a certain activity makes us think it is innate to everyone, but it is not.
This awareness is the first turning point.
We often focus constantly on our weakness and do not give the right value to our strengths.
It’s a bit like playing poker and not knowing you have winning cards in your hand.
We don’t have to create our own talent, we already have it: we just need to identify it and make it grow.
Identifying your talent is one of the first real “simple tiny shift”.
Today’s simple tiny shift is to fill in the “What you are good at” section of the “Ikigai” scheme.
We note everything we are good at, starting from the simplest activities and those that we believe, erroneously, are trivial.
The list is endless:
- listen to others
- make people laugh
- make others feel at ease
- having ease in organizing events
- knowing how to write
- know how to organize a trip
- easily find solutions to the unexpected
- inventing recipes with the ingredients available
- be good at creative and manual activities …
Fill out this section of the “Ikigai” scheme with the same attitude you would use during a brainstorming session.
Whenever you think of an activity in which you feel particularly good, write it there.
You will be surprised how many talents you have and above all, you will have focused your Ikigai.
What happens next?
Once we have identified our talents, some of us will face the fear of failure, blocking the comparison, procrastination, and loss of motivation.
But as always: let’s take a small step at a time.