Don’t let your talent die: 5 Ways to Discover and Develop Your Unique Strengths

5 Ways to Discover and Develop Your Unique Strengths

‘America’s Got Talent’ isn’t 100% right about talent.

If they thought talent is just about eating fire, juggling balls, performing magic tricks, or featuring a giant pooping cat puppet, they’re wrong. In my opinion, talent is doing the best you can with what you have. Succeeding in business is talent, achieving your sales target under pressure is talent, and even surviving tough competition in any field is talent. So, it doesn’t have to be judged by the jury, audience, or social media shares.

Talent is all about identifying your strengths and developing them to be successful in whatever field you are into. When it comes to achieving success in business and life, everything comes down to identifying your unique strengths and improving them.  

Here are five ways to discover your strong points and put them to work in your personal and professional life.

Don’t compare yourself with others—but do approach people that inspire, and even intimidate you.

Is there someone whom you look up to for inspiration? Or, do you have a girlfriend or boss that is intimidating? Or are there people you envy?

If you are someone who is desperately hungry for success, then chances are you may find yourself in one of the above scenarios. When there is someone who inspires you or someone you’re jealous of, then the best way to benefit from your feelings is to be in their company.

Go up and introduce yourself, and spend more time with them. If you’re smart, you can even offer to help them with your creative ideas. This way, you’ll not only get the opportunity to work with them, but also a chance to learn a whole new range of things from them.

Having an intimidating person can help you to be successful if you take tough tasks as a challenge and push yourself out of your comfort zone to achieve your target.

Don’t worry about your weaknesses, do concentrate on your strengths.

Sit in a quiet place and analyze yourself – what you’ve wanted to accomplish, what you’ve accomplished, what you haven’t, and why you haven’t. Identify things that you are good at and the ones you aren’t good at. Write down your strengths and weaknesses in a diary.

Alternatively, you can also figure out your strengths by taking online tests conducted by Enneagram and Briggs Meyers. Understanding yourself completely is the key to progressing in your personal and professional life.

Don’t worry about your weaknesses – worrying can destroy your self-confidence. Instead focus more on improving on your strengths.

Eliminate your weaknesses by teaming up with others.

Everybody has to go through failures before succeeding in life. Before he succeeded, Albert Einstein was a failure who was dependent on his wife. He said his wife was primarily responsible for his famous science equation. Even John D.Rockefeller once said he wouldn’t have achieved half of what he did without his wife’s support and advice. In both these great men’s life, the wives played a major role to convert failures into success. There are countless other success stories out there born as a result of partnership or teamwork. Having a supportive and understanding partner can lift you to great heights in life.

Do you have a supportive partner or girlfriend? Do they trust you and value your dreams as much as you do? Do you both have complementary skills? If so, your chances of succeeding are pretty high. And if you don’t have someone’s back, make sure you find one.

Use failure as motivation.

Sometimes, when things aren’t going your way even when you are giving your 100%, it’s very likely that you get disappointed. But, actually what you need during hard times is extra motivation to get going. Here is an ultimate post that highlights over 50 easy ways to stay happy and healthy in life.

Failures are valuable lessons everyone goes through before achieving success. However, they should be seen as a source of motivation rather than disappointments. Use your failures to learn lessons, gain experience, and reassess yourself to get better. Always remember, anyone can achieve anything that is humanly possible.

Every single athlete, scientist, celebrity, billionaire, and everyone else who became successful in their lives had confessed that they failed many times before getting on top. A famous billionaire trader was asked why he was repeatedly experimenting with the same technical strategy despite failing countless times for over a decade, and his answer was “I might fail one thousand times, but every time I get better, and I know I just need to hit the jackpot once to achieve my goals” His name was Gann, a world renowned trader and investor in the financial market.

Winston Churchill had failed before he became famous, Hillary Clinton failed to become the President, but she went on to became the Secretary of State. Every successful person, in his/her own way, uses failures as a source of motivation to get better.

 John Rockefeller put it in his words: “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to the success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

So next time you fail, be persistent and work harder – you will be successful. Highly successful.

Now is a time of pop-up engagement, leadership, and success.

Innovation is one thing, but success is another thing. Both come together when there is a good leader and a dedicated team of workers cooperating and working towards a common goal. Steve Jobs is a prime example of a clever innovator and smart leader. He started as a team member, and over time, he learned that his strength lied in his creative and leadership skills. He could launch attractive products, spot talents, and spearhead his team to achieve massive success. He created things that people all over the world are using today. 


From the above examples, we learn that success is all about identifying your strengths and improving on them. Have you discovered your strength?