Why is talent not important

You know you are wasting your talent when ...

The good thing about talent is that everyone has at least one. Everyone can do something and some things are particularly good or even better than everyone else. But it is also true: not all of them use theirs Talents. Result: those affected always stay below their possibilities. Too bad. But there is another, less obvious and therefore more dangerous variant: You can also develop your talent over time waste

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Wasting talent: how does it work?

When it comes to the topic of "wasting talent", it is usually viewed in a social or economic context: Existing talents young professionals, immigrants or older professionals should not be wasted ... Otherwise, this would lead to a massive and massive waste of potential. “Nobody has the right to waste their talent”, are some appeals. Certainly not wrongly.

But it is much rarer Waste of your own potential and talents discussed - not least because everyone is responsible for it. Actually.

Often something else is to be read - for example that the responsibility rests with others or the circumstances. The typical arguments are: Talent is wasted because ...

  • the one or the other knows nothing of his own talent.
  • the one or the other is unsurethat the talent is something special at all.
  • economic constraints exist. For example, if you have an artistic talent, you can rarely make a living from your art and have to look for a conventional job in order to earn enough money.

At first glance, none of this sounds wrong. But it is also not entirely correct.

  • Nobody is forced to look for a conventional job, for example. Often stand that Acting out your own talents the fear of the risk or your own material claims.
  • Anyone can do the same at any time looking for one's own talents or looking for an economic use. Pretty much all successful entrepreneurs, but also many top performers, have had such a process behind them.

But there is one more second variant of wasting one's talent: to know it well, to use it in the beginning, but then no longer to work on it.

In fact, like muscles, talents are: If you don't train them, you run the risk of them wasting away.

Therefore, therefore and therefore: A few warning signs that should motivate you to make more of what you once did born in the cradle has been…

You know you are wasting your talent when ...

  • You play on safety.

    Those who develop their talents have to get out of their comfort zones and sometimes take risks. But if success comes too quickly and too easily, the temptation is great to let it rest and play it safe. Error!

    This is the first step towards a standstill or even later step backwards. The story is full of people who thought they could rest permanently on the laurel they had won. Don't fall into this thought trap - risk something again and make more of your talents in the long term.

  • You prefer the easier route.

    Of course, it's not a mistake at first: Why awkward when it can be done easily? The danger here is similar to that in the previous point: Instead of making something really big out of your talent (which requires a lot of effort and risk), rely on the quick, simple solution. This is how you get ahead, you also have small successes - but basically those affected remain below their possibilities and do not fully exploit their talent.

  • You avoid mistakes.

    Training - whether only for muscle strength or talent - also means that you have to test yourself at some point: the gym visitor puts on a few more discs, the talent scout breaks new ground - professionally or privately.

    But experimenting also means making mistakes. We can learn from this and thus even more (hidden) potentials can be discovered. The above argument - "I don't even know if this is something special that I can do." - reveals exactly this fear of one's own chutzpah. Whether it is (or can become) something special usually only becomes apparent when it is in use.

  • You waste your time on other things.

    Please don't get it wrong: Time out to unwind and not work on yourself or anything else is absolutely important and irreplaceable. But there is also such a thing as talent procrastinators: every time they realize that they could actually make more of themselves and their potential (for example now and after reading this), they immediately think of a thousand other things why it is but not possible, not now or what could be done alternatively.

    Our limiting factor is mostly our time. What we focus on usually turns into something. These can be our talents or any alternatives (for which we may not be gifted at all). Ultimately, everyone has to decide for themselves what they want to grow with. Or to put it another way: Do what you want - but then please do it correctly.

Who this warning sign If you pay attention to it and work against it early on, there is little risk of wasting your talents, but rather uses its potential - which leads permanently and incidentally to a happier and more fulfilling life. Promised!

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5th November 2020Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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