If you want to live your life by design and not by default, you must take the time to find your natural talents, your innate abilities, and your unique gifts and passions.
Your natural talents are your natural gifts and abilities to be good at something, especially without being taught. They are “what comes most naturally to you and makes you feel authentic.”
Most of the people we celebrate today are living their life by design, they simply discover their natural talents, develop their unique gifts, and deliver them to the world to become a celebrity.
They excel, not necessarily because of their knowledge, education, or experience, but because they made an effort to develop who and what they already are.
I originally wanted to study Medicine in college but was accepted to study Microbiology because I did not score enough in the entrance examination. After my first degree, I traveled to Europe to get a Master’s degree in Science.
It is relatively easy to describe our acquired expertise, but most of us struggle when asked to describe our natural talents. — Tom Rath, StrengthsFinder 2.0
After my graduation, I have had several jobs in the Science and Information Technology (IT) industry. However, my natural ability is in speaking, teaching, training, and coaching.
It is natural for me to inspire, motivate, and help people to discover their natural talents and maximize their potential. After some serious conversation with myself, and decided it is time to live my life by design. I started investing my time, money, and energy into developing my communication skills instead of spending time, money, and energy on what I am not naturally good at. The effort has been paying off ever since.
In StrengthsFinder 2.0, Tom Rath said “the aim of almost any learning program is to help us become what we are not,” this is not far from the truth considering the number of people who hop from one job to the other and the number of times people change their career path in their lifetime.
To live your life by design, you have to find your natural talents and then acquire the necessary knowledge, education and skill to develop your talent, hone your gift, and be the best you.
In his book Finding Your Element, Sir Ken Robinson said, “Human resources are like the earth’s natural resources: they’re often buried beneath the surface and you have to make an effort to discover them.”