Talents, Skills, and Being Extraordinary!
People seem to use the words talents and skills interchangeably, almost as if they had the same meaning.
I believe that talents and skills are different.
Talents encompass your strengths, your brilliance, and your genius.
And by genius, I mean in its original form found in the word – genie which mean magic … specifically, your magic!
Talents also include your God-given gifts and when you’re aligned and utilizing your talents in your work … it doesn’t feel like work.
Skills are a little different, skills are the things that you work on, learn, develop, and continue to work so that you can become an extraordinary lawyer, parent, teacher, leader, etc.
It is in the blending of your talents and skills that 2 of the 4 ingredients for greatness are found.
Michael Jordan was probably one of the most naturally gifted basketball players who ever played the game. One of the components that made him so extraordinary was his commitment to constantly sharpen his skills.
Even after winning 6 NBA Championships, if he missed foul shots during a game he would go out on the court after the arena was empty … and practice free throws.
So that got me thinking …
3 Questions To Ask Yourself:
- Are you conscious and aware of your natural strengths, gifts, and talents?
- Are you utilizing them in your work?
- What are you working on (reading, learning, growing) today that is enriching your skills as a leader, as a sales person, as a teacher. etc?
Every single person on this earth has a unique set of talents and gifts. Identifying them and incorporating them into your work/life will bring you happiness and set you on a course towards discovering your purpose.
Additionally, if you continue to develop your skills by learning, growing, and constantly increasing your skill base … you will be on a path to being extraordinary!
So are you on your path to being extraordinary?