S:0546 Distinction: Talent vs. Experience

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


A common lamentation of someone who is not happy in their work and continues to do it is, “But I ve got so much time invested in what I m doing. I can t afford to quit now.” Because they have a lot of experience they may be pretty good at doing what they do and are reluctant to quit.

If, however, that experience has not also provided a sense of satisfaction, of pleasure, of happiness, then they may not be using their inborn talents.

When you have identified your talents and used them long enough to develop them into real strengths your actions take on a different meaning. Not only are you using your talents to accomplish something on the outside, you feel a strong sense of rightness, of being on your purpose.

Why? Because you experience a flow, an ease, a naturalness to your work that pulls your forward each day. You may work long hours (and want to!) but there is an absence of struggle and doubt. All because you are using your talents.


Coaching Point: Have you identified your talents? Are you using them every day?


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