A List of Things You Are Great At"Okay, so once I have this list of my gifts and talents, what do I do with it?" I asked Star, curious as to what she would say.
"Well, that's a good question. Let me ask you one in return. If you had a list of the things you were great at, what would you do with it?"
" A list of things I am Great at?"
"I don't know. Celebrate? No. I don't know. I can't even imagine such a list, let alone what I would do with it." I answered.
Okay. Fair enough. How would such a list make you feel?"
"About ten feet tall," I answered. "Or like I had won the local lottery." Hmm. Maybe I wasn't that far off about the therapist's couch. This was gettin' a bit touchy, feelie.
"So why would it make you feel that way? What about your life would be different?" Star asked gently.
"Well," I replied. "I would know more about myself. Something valuable. Useful. Heck, knowing what you are great at would be pretty awesome."
"And what about your life might change?" she asked.
"Well, I might want to do something different ... with my life ... or my job. If I knew what I was great at, I might want to change jobs, go after something I love to do instead of just earning a paycheck."
"See, you do have an idea what you might use the list for ... Take a look at this list of ideas and see if it makes sense to you." Star handed me a piece of paper with ideas.
- Look for work where you can develop and use your gifts and talents.
- Seek out jobs where you get to spend most of your day using your top skills, sensitivities and areas of awareness and knowing.
- Look for jobs that offer you the best growth opportunities as your skill level improves.
- Identify the professions and trades that place a high value on your gifts and talents.
- Evaluate which job lets you spend the most time using your gifts and talents.
- Consider which ones offer you the best "soft benefits" ... paying you to develop your gifts and talents and helping you build your portfolio of skills and experience.
- Identify the top offers by looking at which ones want you to more fully develop your natural abilities.
- Highlight your top gifts and talents in your work history as well as a skills list.
- List your underdeveloped or underused skills in the objectives statement or cover letter to indicate your interest in using them more.
- Pick classes which help you develop your talents, tap into your gifts and gain hands on experience using your natural abilities as well as theoretical knowledge.
- Evaluate schools, college majors, vocational programs, apprenticeships and internships based on which ones will most help you develop your gifts and talents in a useful, practical and employable way.
- Start planning ahead by looking at the services and goods you could provide that will reward you for using your gifts and talents.
- Look for and evaluate business opportunities by how well they match your gifts and talents list, so you choose a business you can excel at.
"Does that make sense to you?" Star asked.
I nodded agreement. It made a lot of sense ... and cents turns into dollars.
"What's next?" I asked