Here’s Shout‘s guide to embracing your talents – because we’re all good at something, even if we haven’t discovered what it is yet!
When we think of the word ‘talent’, we often think of great singers like Ariana Grande or awesome actors like Vanessa Hudgens. But there’s so many different ways to define what ‘talent’ is. That’s why we’re here to share top tips for working out what your talent is, and how to fully embrace it in your life!
ANYTHING THAT COMES NATURALLY TO YOU IS A TALENT
We all have something we do slightly better than those around us, although we might not think of it as special or as a talent. You might be good at creative crafting projects, or you might have a knack for impersonations and making your friends laugh. Think about what you’re naturally good at (reading lots of books, pretty handwriting, making friends) and think about how to expand on it as a talent.
If you love books, why not try writing a story yourself? If you have lovely handwriting, why not ask for a calligraphy kit for your next birthday? If you’re good at making friends, you’re probably a good leader too! Try to expand on your talents and see where it takes you.
If you can’t think of anything, you might not have discovered your talent yet! Start with what you love and go from there – if you’re a huge music fan, you might be talented at playing an instrument!
DON’T TRY TO BE SUCCESSFUL RIGHT AWAY
With seeing so many people get really successful really fast on social media, it can be tempting to jump feet first into whatever you’re good at with the hope of developing it into a career one day. But that’s not the best approach for a lot of reasons. Raw talent is important, but it takes years to mould it into genuine skill, with lots of hiccups and mistakes along the way. Also, you don’t want to end up burning out and beating yourself up about something that is supposed to be enjoyable. Just try to enjoy what you are good at – don’t rush your progress and spoil all the fun that comes with your skill!
Your talents are a gift – to yourself and to those around you who get to enjoy them! Don’t waste them or compare them to other people’s talents. No one can do what you do, so always remember that you’re special!
DON’T BE EMBARRASSED TO EMBRACE YOUR TALENTS
Putting yourself out there can be really nerve-wracking, especially if you’re afraid someone will laugh or make fun of you for trying something new. But the worst thing you can do is not try at all and give up on your talents before you even give them a chance, especially if it’s something you really want to do and think you’ll be good at. Even if people don’t understand at first, trust yourself enough to know that you’re doing something you enjoy and could really excel at. The more people realise that, the more they’ll understand — and think you’re cool for following your dreams!