According to MindTools, everyone has a talent that we can develop into something professional (MindTools.com, 2010). Maybe your parents weren’t one of those that promoted talents. Maybe your parents pushed you too hard to develop your talents. They might have even pushed too hard for you to develop talents that you either didn’t have or didn’t want to develop.
As a student in middle school, I learned that I had a decent talent for drawing. There were just a handful of people at my school who could draw as well or better than I could – it was a fairly small school. When I was in high school, there were slightly more people who could draw better than myself. I lost confidence in my ability, and the talent began to wither over time. Today, I still only see my drawing talent as mediocre.
I didn’t lose my talent for drawing. In fact, I still use it from time to time, and my drawings look better than those I made in school. The problem is that I lost sight of my desires. I allowed someone else’s concepts to affect how I felt about myself. There were more people who were better than I was. When I realized this, I began to lose self-confidence in my talent. As a result, my esteem of myself as an artist dropped. While my actual ability didn’t suffer, the scale used to measure this talent began to grow rapidly. As the scale grew, all of the excess growth was placed on the higher end. Now, today, I see myself as being at a lower spot on that scale than I did in middle school.
Most of us have that moment in our youth when we ramble off various things that we want to be when we grow up. It starts with authority figures (fire fighters, police officers, etc.). As we grow older, we begin to realize that there is more to a career than the romance of someone with authority. We begin to find more interest in our talents. I wanted to become a comic book artist. In retrospect, that goal was a little lofty for me. Nevertheless, when we develop a talent, goals become more and more attainable. As our skill with our talents increases, we become more capable of performing other related tasks. I might not have become a comic book artist, but perhaps I could have been a video game artist.
Watch for the second article of this series when I compare talents with other interests.
Finding Career Direction – Career Development from MindTools.com. Retrieved Sep. 3, 2010, from Website: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_97.htm
- Learn how to draw Mind Maps – MindMaps, Note Taking Skills and Techniques, and Reviews of Mind Mapping Software from MindTools.com (mindtools.com)
- Prioritization – Making best use of your time and resources – Time Management Skills from MindTools.com (mindtools.com)