In the dictionary, talent is defined as our natural ability to be good at something. Passion, is something you desirably love to do and spend a lot of time doing. Skill, is an ability acquired after lots of practice and hard work. And hard work is really what differentiate the three.
For me, talent is the seed that makes us who we are. Talent is what first motivated me to spend hours and days to sharpen a pastime I enjoy doing. It built my foundation. If you think you don’t have any talent, think twice. I believe that everyone is born not with one talent but many. Although in some cases, it could be difficult to identify something as our talent.
I have met lots of people, teens and adults, who are puzzled, finding what their passion and talents may be, or are struggling to be confident with it. In this blogpost, I want to share a few things that I can wrap up about discovering your talent and how to be confident with it.
RECOGNIZE YOUR TALENT
Remember that everything you do can be a talent, even if you think it may be silly or embarrassing. What matters is how you feel about it; Are you happy when you’re doing it?
If you are still in the midst of confusion of what your talent may be, you probably just have not quite realized it yet. Think about what you enjoy doing and what you can easily do ever since you were just a kid. This was what helped me find mine.
To tell you my story, I was moving from one hobby to another several times before settling on building Thyme & Caramel. Every time I was exploring my hobby, I kept asking myself if this is what I want to do for my future and as a career. As months gone by, I often got bored and eventually moved on to another hobby, until I started Thyme & Caramel. They are still my hobbies, however, they're not what I’m willing to do on a daily basis as a profession.
Let me tell you that it is okay to explore and play with your talents as it might lead you to discover your next one. Before you know it, you will be surprised on how many talents you are gifted with.
This is the foundation of how you can gain your confidence to showcase your talent to the world: Embrace it, instead of looking at other’s talents and underestimate yours. Everyone is unique. YOU are unique!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
To build your confidence, it does not stop at just knowing what your talents are. It is important to practice our talents as much as we can, to explore the possibilities lying ahead of us. Consider joining seminars or workshops to increase your knowledge. The more you practice, the more confident you become. Practice makes perfect eyy!
Today, we live in a digital world which offers heaps of learning materials and inspirations to help develop your passion. My personal ‘bff’ is called Google. Your knowledge around what you are good at will help you gain the confidence you need. You might also find other people who has got the same passion and are already at a good point, it is your chance to take their success story as your inspiration.
SHARING YOUR STORY
When you are happy with what you are doing, I believe you have no reason not to be confident with your talent. The next step is for you to express your talent and share what you know about it with others.
Here’s what you need to know, sharing has a magic of its own. You don’t need to be an expert to be able to share your story, you can share it right away. Why? Because the more you share, the more you learn from it. The people you share your story with may get inspired after hearing it, but along the way, you will also find people who encourage you and offer the help you may need. Start with your closest ones, your family, your friends, and then gradually increase your audience.
A platform like social media (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube) can be a great platform to showcase our work and share our passion with other people. It still takes time, for sure, to grow your audience in those channels, but if you truly love what you do, everything will fall into place in just the right time during the right season. For if we don’t become weary in doing good, we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.
I really enjoy what I’m doing now with my vegan cakery in Bali, so I decided to expand myself by sharing my knowledge in workshops for kids. I teach them to craft buttercream florals and get a hands on experience to decorate their own cupcakes, which can activate their creativity.
The journey of a thousand miles start with a single step, so if you’ve been thinking of taking that step, maybe today is the day. There is just no perfect moment and the longer you wait the bigger the chance you lose your opportunity. Take that moment and make it perfect. :)
Now it is your time to share your story in discovering your talent. Share with me and I would love to listen to all of them!