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This course is one of a series of five Dave Crenshaw courses based on his Invaluable teaching methodology for professional development.
- Identifying gifts, loves, and skills
- Assessing personal performance
- Applying your strengths and talents at work
- Making continual improvements that impact your career
Skill Level Beginner
We've talked about the three aspects of your talents: gifts, loves, and skills. Your gifts are the natural abilities that you were born with. Your loves are the things that you are most excited about in your work. And your skills are the knowledge and education that you've acquired over time. Now it's time for us to put these all together and discover your true talents. We will be building on the work that you've done in the previous three videos, so if you haven't done that yet, I recommend you go back and complete those videos before moving forward.
We have provided a simple worksheet that you can download. You will notice three columns: Gifts Mentions, Love Mentions, and Skills Mentions. When you completed the earlier worksheets, you found gifts, loves, and skills that you mentioned multiple times. These things have great significance in your life. Take a moment and enter all of the gifts, loves, and skills that you mentioned multiple times in the new worksheet. Your worksheet should look something like this.
Next, look for common threads between the three columns. If I list that I'm good at selling as a gift, and I love closing sales, and that I've had extensive sales training, then I'm going to circle each of these, and draw a line connecting them. This is a very likely indicator that I have a talent in sales, so I would list sales under I believe my talents are. You may see phrases that are related to each other but not exactly the same.
Use your best judgment to connect those. For example, you may mention that one of your gifts is public speaking, and in the loves and skills, you mentioned teaching people. Those are closely related enough that you might want to circle those three, and draw a line connecting them, and list teaching people as one of your talents. Notice that there's only room for three talents on this worksheet. This is a deliberate choice, as you want to focus on spending your time working in your top talents.
If you've identified more talents in this exercise, choose only the top three. It's also fine if you've identified only one, because it allows you to be even more focused on that one talent. Remember, people who are most successful in their careers are the ones who have naturally spent the majority of their time, training, and effort in their talent. As we move forward, we will show you how to match your talents with the work you're doing right now.
Then you'll create a course of self- study so you can continually improve your talents until you become invaluable.