Wish you could leave your boring 9-5 job but have no idea what to do next? If you want to do something entirely different, one way is to discover your own talent. It’s not impossible to do something that you enjoy for a living. All you need to do to is start somewhere. Here are 3 simple ways to discover your talent:
1) Have an open mind
Do you have limiting beliefs that confine you within four walls? Find out what they are and let them go. Never say ‘I can’t’ without even trying. Sometimes it is the hardest things that can help us grow as a person. Get rid of your fears and try to be more open. You might end up liking something you never considered before. Maybe you have always wanted to try scuba diving but don’t think it’s for you because you know you will panic underwater. Perhaps your dream is to teach English abroad but you think it is impossible because you’re not a native speaker of the language and you don’t think you have the skills to do it. Don’t abandon your hopes and dreams just because of a few setbacks. You never know what you are capable of until you try.
“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” ― Erica Jong
2) Try something new
When was the last time you tried something new? If you only stick to what you know, you will never discover new skills. Try pottery classes, jewellery-making, or painting if you’re into art. Learn how make pastries if you like baking. Make your own YouTube videos if you are interested in becoming a vlogger. You can always learn the technical side of things. All you need to do is research. The choices are endless and there’s almost nothing you cannot learn from the internet. Stop saying ‘I will try that someday’ because that day may never come. Get a friend to join you if you don’t want to try it alone. That way, you get to bond and learn something new.
“You are unique. You have different talents and abilities. You don’t have to always follow in the footsteps of others. And most important, you should always remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing and have a responsibility to develop the talents you have been given.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
3) Do what you do best
Don’t let your talent go to waste. Try spending more time on something that you’re already good at instead of just focusing on your day job. You can even do it on the side if you want some extra income. Nourish your skills by practicing and gaining more knowledge. If you’re good at writing, then write more and look for potential clients. If you’re good at painting, try selling your art. If you’re an excellent baker, ask your family and friends if they’re interested in ordering from you. Who knows? You might end up building an empire by doing what you’re really good at!
“Every artist was first an amateur.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.