Recently, I have been reading a book titled First, Break All the Rules,which is a book I highly recommend anyone in a leadership role or managerial position get their hands on, or for any fellow entrepreneurs out there. The biggest thing I enjoy most about the book is that all the findings are based off of logical research, not what one person did to become successful and wrote a book about it. This post was inspired by the findings within that book that can be applied to life outside of the work place, in any aspect.
Talents are not special. Everyone possesses talents that make them unique from everyone one else. Those talents are enhanced through the acquisition of a particular set of skills, and the precision of those skills is determined by the knowledge in which their foundation is built and progressed.
It is often said that talent is not something that can be taught. That statement is 100% right. Talent is inherent in us. We all have one, or a set of talents that make us unique from everyone else. It is nearly impossible to gain talents that we admire in others, which is why idolizing the unique traits and behaviors of leaders can be dangerous. It sets us up for failure, or at best, being what I like to refer to as the stunt double. The things you do may be miraculous, but no one will fuss nearly as much as they would if the original person had done it.
What allows certain people to stand out with their talents are the unique set of skills they have acquired during their lifetime, through experiences, and even due to their demographic. Those skills are what make talented people so good at what they do. They have an innate ability to do certain tasks, and the skills they have learned only enhances their efficiency, impact, and consistency. What separates these successful people from others is they have identified their talents, have built a unique set of skills to help support their talents, and are continuously refining their skills by increasing their knowledge of these skills.
The success of your career is largely dependent upon whether you are doing what you were meant to do. Are you truly fulfilled by what it is that you do? Do you get a sense of satisfaction from your work that most people wouldn’t? Do you feel you impact others on a daily basis by what you do?
But, as you know, talent can only take you so far. What skills do you have that enhance your ability to do what you do? How do these skills play an important role in your success and enhancing your talent? What other skills could you attain that would enhance your talents even more.
Skills are not something that we can ignore once we have gained them. They must be worked on and improved continuously. All these aspects are forms of knowledge that we use to refine our skills. What have you done lately to improve your skills? Are your skills at a level you are satisfied with in order to be successful? What are others doing right now to refine their skills that you could be doing?
It is important to realize that we all have special talents, and for us to be content and successful in our lives, we must seek to do what we were meant to do, regardless of the scale. That scale is then determined by the skills we have acquired, and the knowledge we consume every day to refine those skills which enhance our talent.