Last week, we discussed how your talent can be a pointer to your calling. Today, we’ll discuss how you can use your identified talent to create value and meet a need. Of course, to use your talent, you must know what it is, or what they are. If you’re still not certain, I encourage you to take advantage of the helpful resources at www.thelifeaholic.com (Download The PAID Workbook for free and get the e-book Find Your Significance: A Proven Guide to Help You Find Your Unique Contribution to the World for N1, 000).
So, you have one or more talents. The first thing you need to realise is that your talent isn’t about you alone. Your personal gratification is too small to be the purpose of your talents. You are talented because you’re supposed to use it to create value for other people.
Every talent is an ability or aptitude that can meet a need or solve a problem, no matter how simple or complex that need or problem is. Wealth and fulfillment flows in the direction of added value. When you add some kind of value to a person or a group of people, you can be sure that the value will flow back to you in the form of fulfillment, wealth or both.
So, how can you tailor your talent to create value? Once again, I’ll use myself as an example (since I have my own permission). I love words and I’m talented at writing and speaking them. I have identified a need of many people: significance. This need is wrapped in different challenges and barriers that people have: confusion about personal purpose or passion, lack of direction, self-doubt, low self-esteem, different fears and debilitating beliefs, etc. I use my talent of writing and speaking to solve these challenges for people. That way, I am meeting needs and creating value for these people.
There are over seven billion people in the world. Our needs are diverse and they come in different forms: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, social, recreational, and many more. The needs of the human race could be tangible or intangible. We need food, style, fun, information, education, motivation, empowerment, communication and much more.
You have been equipped to meet one or more needs with your talent. So, identify a need that your talent can meet, and begin to serve the people who have these needs. Don’t deprive the world of your unique blessing by hiding behind excuses. When you hide from people so much, one day, you’ll be hidden to yourself.
Do you have challenges with finding or using your talents? I’d like to help you understand and live your significance and become the blessing you were meant to be. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s your ONLY life. Make it significant.