I've been thinking a lot about talent in the last few weeks, I think it has something to do with my talk that I gave at Stake Conference and also because I've been watching Britain's Got Talent and The Voice.
Growing up, I didn't have a talent. At least I didn't think I did. The only thing I was really good at was reading, I could read a book in no time at all and quote huge chunks back but it wasn't really an example of an eidetic memory, just I was good at remembering what I had read. I'm still good at reading and remembering what I've read, but this is from years of practice and memorising huge chunks of plays to quote in essays and to perform on stage.
As I got older I realised that I enjoyed singing and according to Music Teachers I was quite good at singing. I had dreams of being the next big Superstar, but I knew that I didn't have the look or in reality the ability. As I got older still it was realised that I was also an okay actress and I was taught how I could use that to my best advantage. Still I wasn't good enough to win an Oscar, but I can fool most people into thinking I'm confident and not shy.
As I got older and found employment, it was discovered that I was a people person. I can make people relax, I can get people (most of the time) to do what I want them to do and interacting with them, despite actually being terribly shy is easy for me.
As I got older still it came about that some people realised that I was able to speak fairly eloquently. Yeah, I know that I don't show here on the blog, but trust me if you listen to me talking you'd apparently agree. I still think I sound like a wally putting on a fake posh voice, but I'm often told that I have a voice for radio. I'm pretty certain that this isn't an insult and that they aren't really saying I have the face like the back of end of a bus! ;)
I guess what I'm trying to say is that we don't always see our own talents. Others may point them out to us and we might not agree (I enjoy singing and I enjoy acting but I wouldn't say they were a talent) but we do have something that makes us special, that make us unique, that makes us who we are. What we need to do is work out what our talent is and it can make us happy.
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