When people face transition in their careers they often try to do something new merely because they’ve heard from someone that it was good. Imagine Peter’s friend is an owner of a petrol station and runs this business successfully with a high level of income. Seeing this example Peter decides to go the same way and opens a petrol station as well. But his business failed, because he simply took a business model without any emotional involvement.
What we keep forgetting is that all of us were born with certain talents. These talents are a kind of our magic qualities, which allow us to do some things brilliantly and often effortlessly. We take them for granted, paying not too much attention and trying instead to develop some other qualities. The irony is that we often invest time, money and efforts into developing “wrong” qualities, which are actually our weaknesses and not our strengths.
How do we make our hidden talents work?
I would use my own example here. I’ve always known that I am good at hosting events and building networks but I have never thought about this skill as something useful and relevant. Only later, embarking on my career transition, I’ve realised that my ability to create and maintain networks and create events is my huge advantage and strength. The whole thing started with the realisation that if this is a talent of mine and I am capable of doing it with ease and joy then I can leverage it. It was all about figuring out how to make it work and what are the exact advantages of this quality. Like this for instance Premium Business Network, a platform for entrepreneurs willing to boost their career and scale their business, was born.
Another quality which I didn’t think was valuable was my ability to be sensitive and alert to other people and situations and at the same time being analytical.
At the beginning, I saw sensitivity as my weakness, as something negative and I didn’t want to develop this capacity as it brought difficulties into my life. Indeed, sometimes you just don’t want to feel certain things and emotions or you don’t want to feel what other people are feeling, to feel their pain. And how do you combine this quality with a sting analytical mind? After I answered this question to myself Gross Leadership, a company focusing on unleashing and maximizing human potential, was born.
What I’ve learned later is that sensitivity and structure are actually my advantage and strength. It is a serious advantage in my training business because I am able not only cognitively to know the system of how the mind and communication works but can also intuitively guide people, help them to discover their talents and strengths.
How do I rediscover my hidden talent and know that it is a right one?
Sometimes our strengths and talents are not seen by us and not considered as such. What is necessary to do is to observe yourself and to see some inner qualities which you maybe don’t want to see but they may contain your hidden talents. You may not see their value or may be afraid to use them. Try to pose these questions: What is it that I reject in myself? Which energy or quality I reject? What could be a right place or context for this quality in my career and my life?
It may come as a surprise but you can gain huge opportunities and advantages from certain personal qualities which you consider negative or irrelevant. You only need to take time to extract positive things from your seemingly negative qualities. It is like doing a spring cleaning and finding some things that you may actually use differently.
Why is it important to search for my hidden talents?
There are many similarities between corporate and private life and in both spheres we need to learn to discover our true strong qualities. Discovering bit by bit what you truly want in your private life and in your business helps to make a right career transition and build strong and sound relationships. This may sound complex but it is a system. When you know that a system exists it helps you to take the right steps. Existence of a system also means that you don’t need to figure out everything by yourself. There is a certain blueprint and you can seek help if you need it. In fact, there are certain areas where it is advisable to rely on the knowledge and expertise of professionals. Transition career specialists will guide you carefully through revising your strong and weaker points as well as rediscovering your hidden talents.
How we feel about ourselves, how we think about ourselves and how we build relationships with ourselves without punishing ourselves and treating ourselves negatively affects how we think and build our businesses and how we expand our businesses. It is possible to create business only if we are full and fulfilled. If we create business because we feel a gap or a deficiency (and we want to prove something to someone), it is an external motivation. A sad truth is that a business which is built on an external motivation is not sustainable. What we need to remember is that it is an illusion to think that simply by changing a company I work for or starting my own business I resolve all my current problems. We need to know our true needs. Once we know them we can embark on a transition to a successful business.
The importance of knowing ourselves and our true needs can be applicable at a company level as well. Within companies it is a lack of clear vision that becomes a real challenge. A mere desire to be competitive and ahead of others cannot be counted as a true need. The right question to ask here: why do we want this? What is a real benefit of it? How this might affect societies and employees? Nowadays, companies which make money their major priority are not sustainable in the long run. You can think about many examples of the companies which were market leaders and almost vanished from the world scene because they were too sure about their position.
A state of transition is a challenging moment in our lives. There is a constant fight between who we are and what is expected from us. Moreover, there is a constant fight within ourselves concerning how we are supposed to behave and who we are supposed to be in order to get love and appreciation. People are often desperate to get recognition and appreciation from the outside world. However, every time our focus goes beyond us, it is highly likely that we’ll end up being disappointed. In terms of relationships it means that if we are looking for appreciation from our partner, most likely there will be a moment when we feel that they disregard us. This happens because the goal of our development is to know our true inner nature and how to express our true energies. When we know all this, it becomes much easier to build a successful and fulfilling business career.
If you are facing a state of transition in your career, professional or personal relationships, Anna Gross, the founder of Gross Leadership and a transition specialist, will help you to rediscover your hidden talents. Together you will create an action plan that will open up new horizons in your professional and private life. One of the key goals of Anna’s training sessions is to emphasise the opportunities where it seems to be none. Anna will help you to learn trusting yourself and other people, rethinking leadership qualities and talents and taking them to a new level.
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“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players…”
(W. Shakespeare, As You Like It)
We believe that each and every one of us is not only a leading actor but first and foremost a writer of our own destiny. Overwhelmed by life events, we may unintentionally forget that we are the sole playwrights of our own lives. We may even unwittingly drop or lose the thread of our unfolding life story. Then, we start questioning ourselves and let others do the writing for us. Doesn’t this happen to all of us occasionally? The best thing we can do is to resume the leadership as soon as we can: only we should write the play of our life!
With the renewed confidence and new skills, we design new perspectives. Coaching and training are the best instruments we use to achieve this goal.