How to Develop Your Talents and Abilities

We are all good at something. Some can write, others can sing, some can manage, and others can sell. When you understand what you are interested in and what you are good at, you can make fulfilling career choices and discover your major definite purpose.

What do you like? Chances are, if you enjoy it, you’re good at it. Make a list of all the things you like doing. If you are so far removed from enjoyment that you can’t think of anything, ask yourself what you used to like in the past.

Spend at least fifteen minutes putting together your list. Write down anything that you enjoy, even if it doesn’t seem relevant.

What did you want to do? Most of us spend our childhoods imagining what we’ll do when we grow up. People would ask us what we wanted to be, and we’d tell them. What was your answer? Are you doing that now? Why or why not?

Try something new. Make a list of things you may be interested in trying. Do you think you’d enjoy designing websites? How about learning how to draw? Don’t rule anything out.

Once you make your list, pick one or two items to focus on and start reading books or learning more about the subject. You don’t need to commit to them as a career choice, but the possibility is always there if you end up enjoying it.

Nurture your gifts. Some people become aware of their gifts at a young age. Others don’t realize what they are good at until they are adults. It doesn’t matter which group you fit in.

Always make space in your day to nurture your gifts. Do you enjoy languages? Spend time studying one each day. Are you a natural writer? Do some writing. When you take the time to use your talents they get stronger.

Take classes. You don’t need to become a full time student in order to take classes pertaining to your gifts and talents. Check your local adult education center or see if you can take classes part time at a university or community college. If you decide you want to make a career change but would need extra training, find a school that will best meet your needs.

Observe others. When you watch others who have similar gifts as you, you will benefit from their experience. Observing can help you learn new techniques and increase your knowledge base. It can also help you gain confidence while developing your talents and abilities. But don’t just observe. Experiment with the new techniques so they can become your own.

Napoleon Hill introduced the concept of a major definite purpose in his classic Think and Grow Rich. Your major definite purpose represents the main or central mission of your life at this moment. It is what you would call your life’s work. It attempts to answer the questions “why am I here?” and “what am I going to do with the rest of my life?”

Our major definite purpose often lies at the intersection of our passion, our talents and abilities, and our interests.