Why It Is Important to Understand Your Natural Talents and Abilities

Posted by The Discover Your Talent Program on Nov 20, 2019 11:11:12 AM

Natural talents and abilities are what an individual does innately well. If you work against them, work becomes laborious. If you work with them, you are far more engaged and fulfilled.

Another way to describe them is that natural abilities are what a person is "uncommonly good at.” They are not acquired through training or experience and are very stable over a lifetime from the age of 14 on. 

KEY: It’s important to add here that natural abilities and talents have been researched and studied for almost a century with over one million individuals and continue to be validated today by dedicated professionals around the United States.

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Your natural talents and abilities include:

  • How you learn and process new information most easily
  • How you solve problems and make decisions most efficiently
  • How you communicate with others most effectively
  • What school and work environments will make you feel most comfortable and productive
  • What drives your interests and fascinations
  • And much more….

Why Are Natural Abilities So Important?

Natural abilities are important when making education, career and life planning decisions because they strongly influence how you will perform in school and in the workplace as well as the satisfaction you experience in your career.

When you know what you are naturally good at—not just what interests you have or what you or someone else thinks you should be doing as a career—it will be much easier to find your rightful place in college and the work world after.

Yes, skills are important and knowledge, too, of course. Both are acquired over time with experience and training. However, it takes a tremendous amount of effort to do something well for which a person is not naturally suited.

You will achieve fewer results and far less satisfaction doing work that doesn’t align with your natural talents, which leads to longer, more frustrating hours with fewer rewards.

You will experience greater fulfillment and balance in your life when you have identified your natural abilities and learned how to put them to use—both in your professional life and in your personal life as well.

Every Career Field Demands Specific Patterns of Abilities and Talents

Whether you are interested in:

  • Medicine
  • Technology
  • Business
  • Science
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • The Arts
  • Or countless other fields

The work you enjoy and will most likely be successful at involves roles, responsibilities and tasks that require specific patterns of abilities or talents.

What Natural Abilities and Talents Are Not

Inborn talents and abilities are altogether different from the traits and characteristics that other “career assessments” measure.

Inborn talents and abilities are NOT your:

  • Skills
  • Attitude
  • Intelligence
  • Personality
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Intelligence
  • School-based Learning
  • Interests
  • Motivation
  • Wisdom
  • Resilience

While these aspects and dimensions of each individual are all extremely important considerations in education and career choices, in our experience one’s natural, hard-wired abilities are foundational to them all. Importantly, your innate talents and abilities are too often overlooked during this critical turning point in your life.

And this may very well be the root cause of the statistics published recently about the majority of people in the United States and around the world not being satisfied or feeling they are not using the best of themselves in the work they do every day.

The Gallup 2017 State of the American Workplace Study:

* Only 33 percent of adults in the U.S. are “engaged at work.”

* While 67 percent are “not engaged or are simply disengaged.”

Source: Gallup Inc., State of the American Workplace, 2017, Third Edition.

The Gallup 2018 Great Jobs Report:

* Only 13% of American workers, managers and leaders feel that they are in “Great Jobs.”

* Only 4% of the world's workers, managers and leaders feel that they are in "Great Jobs."

Source: Gallup Inc., Global Great Jobs Report, 2018

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Could Discovering Your Greatest Talents Change Your Life Sooner Rather than Later?

Most people do not know what their greatest talents are, or their talents are not what they think they are. This quote from Peter Drucker is an apt summary of the point:

“Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they are not good at—and even then more people are wrong than right. And yet, a person can perform only from strength.”

“Managing Oneself”
Harvard Business Review
Peter F. Drucker
January 2005

Could discovering your greatest talents change your life sooner rather than later?

Actually, yes…especially as a high school student, and if you are motivated enough to use this new knowledge to assess your education choices and career options, not just now, but in the future as well, because abilities remain fairly stable after the age of 14.

Discover your natural abilities & talents using The Discover Your Talent Program! 

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