Have you wondered why some people sketch nice drawings faster than you do? Or why some people can compose ear-pleasing music without exerting lots of energy and time as you would? Perhaps you find these ‘talented people’ intimidating because they are outstandingly exceptional in whatever they do in comparison to you who have to exert so much energy and time before getting certain things done. Some persons become antagonistic when they notice the skills and achievements of ‘talented people’, while some others get overwhelmed and end up believing they would never outshine these talented individuals.

Talent and passion is what distinguishes these high achievers, for they are passionate in using their special abilities to make a difference. You don’t have to be envious of these ‘talented’ people in view of the fact that there is no one born without a talent. You have a talent like every other talented individual you admire and respect. All you need to do is to identify your talent and develop the talent so you can also be considered to be talented.

How do I know my talent?

The questions below will help you to identify what your talent is. The questions were culled from ‘Think Big’ by Ben Carson.

  • What have I done so well in life?
  • What do I like to do that cause others to complement me?
  • What do I do well with not much energy lost?

Identifying one’s talent is not enough, it needs to be developed and strengthened. Developing talent isn’t an instantaneous practice; it can be a long journey involving vigorous training, practices, obstacles, failure and success. This is where the importance of passion comes in, because passion gives you the strong impulse or inclination to strengthen the talent. It also helps you to remain un-flinched in the pursuit of that talent notwithstanding the magnitude of criticisms you encounter. In the absence of passion, talent remains underdeveloped because passion emboldens and sharpens talents.

What are you passionate about?

Passion is simply a strong emotion you have for something. When an individual refuses to quit a skill or career despite several futile efforts, passion is certainly responsible for their doggedness. Passion is directly allied with enthusiasm, perseverance, doggedness and patience. When you are obsessed with a skill that you don’t care the number of hours spent on developing that skill, you can also call it passion. When you are passionate about a skill, you ceased to care about the hours spent on training, the mockeries you receive after unsuccessful attempts because all that matters to you is that you enjoy doing it.

What is the Economic Value of your talent and passion?

Of what importance is one’s talent if it doesn’t add any value to one’s life? There has to be a connection between passion, talent and economic value. Economic value is the measure of the profit provided by a good or service. Permit me to use an egg to expound the importance of creating an economic value from one’s talent and passion. An egg consists of three segments: an egg yolk, egg white and an egg shell. With the end goal of this article, let assume that an egg yolk represents talent, egg white represents passion, and an egg shell symbolizes economic value.

The egg shell does not only protect the egg, it also adds value to the egg. No one goes to the market to purchase an egg without it shells. In fact, if an egg shell is broken it destroys the market value the egg has. Likewise, your talent and passion wouldn’t be of marketable if it is adding no value to people’s life. This speaks of the importance of discerning how to tailor your passion and talent into a value that is sellable. No one will pay for your talent if it is not adding any value to their life. Knowing your talents and passion is not enough. You have to figure out how they can  be of value to people to the extent that they are willing to trade their money for your talent. The outcome of your talent could vary, it could be in form of entertainment, education, health and so. Many times, we trade money for the artistic talent of a writer, painter or a musician. Likewise, your talents can be traded with money if they add value to people’s lives.  The extent to which your talent adds value to people’s life is the extent to which you will be able to obtain financial freedom.

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