Why do I have no talents

Finding talent: it's all in you

Affinity to numbers? Dealing with people? Inclination to write? Skill with your hands? Our talents are diverse, but difficult to recognize in individual cases. We seldom deal specifically with our abilities - it is more often the case that we see what does not succeed. Those who have not yet found their greatest talents can bring them to light on unknown paths. We have one for that Test and 4 wayson which you Find your talents

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

What talents are there and how do I find them?

What is talent anyway? This describes a skill that is usually not gained through learning or training, but rather already from birth exists. Opinions now differ, however, which weighs more heavily: talent or hard work?

Because usually even with those who really have a knack for certain things - for example a good footballer - it cannot be denied that they train properly. The same applies to many areas. Therefore, the question of your talent is above all one Ask about your skills and how easy is it for you?

How you get on the track of these talents cannot be answered just like that. Most people don't sit down until there is specifically about the job search or an application is about to deal with their abilities. What talent do I have? What are my strengths?

Besides what you might think of immediately (I've always been good at numbers) usually find your talents not by chancebut only through self-reflection and a targeted strengths and weaknesses analysis.

And you should keep in mind that talent can be very diverse. This has long been part of it not just hard skillsthat you can prove in your résumé based on your career and education. Soft skills that say something about your personality are just as important.

Such talents include:

  • Open-mindedness
  • ambition
  • serenity
  • Helpfulness
  • Conflict ability
  • creativity
  • curiosity
  • organization
  • Conscientiousness
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Self-confidence
  • care

What are my strengths: test

We have prepared a test for you here, similar to the one above listed talents queries. This test is intended as a self-test and can help you to track down your talents and strengths.

However, it should not be seen as psychological advice or career advice. Answer intuitive and without hesitation. At the end, add up the letters.

  • Serenity and calm

    The supervisor is very upset because a project was pulled up in which you and your colleagues were involved. How do you react?

    • In critical situations I keep a cool head, nothing upsets me so quickly A..
    • I get pretty nervous, start stuttering when it comes to explaining the reasons. B.
    • The situation is uncomfortable, but I'll wait until the boss has let off steam. Then you can perhaps objectively explain the reasons. C.
    • I wonder why he's so upset - I'm sure there is still something that can be done. A few changes at one point or another, talk to the customer again, then it works. D.
  • Risk-taking and ambition

    In the foreseeable future, a new position will be created in the company, which is hierarchically above your current position, but which is very similar in terms of content. What do you do?

    • I still have a lot of ideas and plans on how I can advance professionally. Since I am sure that I can perform the tasks and also acquire knowledge quickly, I will apply for it. A.
    • I am quite satisfied with my current job, especially since overtime is always planned for management positions and that is not my thing. C.
    • I would apply for the position if the area of ​​activity was more exciting. D.
    • I would find the new position very exciting, but I don't trust myself to do so, as the advertised position is associated with managerial responsibility. B.
  • Curiosity and creativity

    Two different areas will be merged, so that your area of ​​responsibility will be expanded to include new areas of responsibility. How do you deal with that?

    • I am absolutely sure that I will cope with the new tasks well, I enjoy learning new things. A.
    • Wat courage, dat courage. I will necessarily have to familiarize myself with the new areas. C.
    • Finally a change from this old routine. There is certainly room for maneuver, I have a few ideas. D.
    • I'll see what's in store for me. If I get stuck, I will turn to colleagues. B.
  • Care and self-organization

    The deadline for a project has to be met, only three days until the presentation. How likely is it that you will finish in time?

    • That could be tight because of unexpected difficulties. But with a little trickery it should actually work. D.
    • Oh dear I feel really sick, it is extremely unlikely that it will work on time, we will probably have to postpone. B.
    • It should actually work - we've built in a time buffer and if something doesn't happen on the last meter, we'll keep the deadline. C.
    • We're almost done, everything went smoothly. A.
  • Open-mindedness and social interaction

    How well do you get on with colleagues, do you enjoy attending company parties?

    • Absolutely. Company celebrations are fun and you get to know colleagues and bosses from another perspective. A.
    • It's enough for me to see people at work - I don't have to hang out with them in my free time. C.
    • Depends on; some company parties are okay. D.
    • Oh, it's fun with the right people. B.
  • Ability to deal with conflict and willingness to help

    There is a dispute between colleagues in the team, how do you behave?

    • See what the reason is and eliminate it, otherwise change office space. C.
    • I find such dissatisfaction very stressful, it affects the team spirit. I try to mediate between my colleagues. B.
    • I will not do anything as I do not want to take a position. D.
    • If that adversely affects our project, I'll get mad. Otherwise I don't care. A.

Test evaluation:

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4 ways to find your talent

Many a talent is obvious. Anyone who is two meters long and at the same time has good motor skills will definitely make a passable basketball player. In other cases you have to take a closer look.

What if I don't notice anything? What if I just can't find any talent in myself? In that case: take out the magnifying glass. Four ways in which you can hidden talents discover…

  1. confrontation

    For psychologists this is Exposure therapy Part of the standard construction kit. Who about under Agoraphobia suffers, is more likely to get his fear under control if he mingles with people in a large square. Ski jumpers who have had a serious fall can only find new safety through repeated attempts on the hill.

    You can use this principle as part of your personal talent search use. Example: Make a cold acquisition call even though your hands are shaking, your voice is failing, and your forehead is sweaty. Or - voluntarily - one Customer appointment for your company, even though you are as nervous as a calf in the slaughterhouse. Another example: Write a short novel and send it to a publisher with the fear of being torn apart.

    Concrete procedure: Make a list of situations that you generally avoid - professionally or privately. Then mentally and organizationally prepare for the situation - and go through with the project. The promise: you will discover Skills in themselves that you may not have suspected - and you can go on build on.

  2. Casual day

    The difference to a day off is: you work. Get up normally in the morning, stroll to the office / home office, hang out for eight hours. Just one To do list and do without appointments completely. Basic question: If you were completely free to choose what to work on today, what would you do?

    The one writes Status reports. The second programmed. A third forms further. The fourth telephoned with customers, organized. They all follow - consciously or intuitively - their personal preferences. The idea of ​​one Working day without constraints comes from the book "A perfect Mess" from 2007. The two authors Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman describe how this technique is said to have helped Arnold Schwarzenegger to rise to Hollywood star and later governor in 20 years.

    For Otto-Normal-Malocher: This is of course not realistic if you have fixed daily or shift plans, specific appointments and tasks in front of your chest. But it might be possible to have a casual working day like thisonce or twice a year set up. As a self-employed person maybe more often.

  3. Elimination process

    This principle can also be reversed - and at the end of the working day you can ask yourself the question: What was the activity the most unproductivethat I followed today?

    That helps your own Identify weak points. A business administration student who only torments his way through his columns of figures may prefer not to go into controlling, but rather into marketing. A trainee who gets annoyed by the constant calls may not be in good hands with customer support.

    With "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Elimination process speak. Advantages: You don't burden yourself with things for which you obviously have neither talent nor motivation. And: Exclude talent is much easier than recognizing new ones.

  4. science

    The “Newscientist” author Catherine de Lange also wanted to find out about three years ago which hidden talents lay dormant in her. To do this, she endured a whole bunch of tests.

    For example the Isihara test, which tells you whether you are color-blind and therefore useless as a professional taster. Or height measurement, where you use a database to compare your height with the rest of humanity. If you are ten to 15 centimeters above average, you are more suitable for being a leader. Then there are the Cambridge Brain Science Tests, which will test your memory. And the Berlin Numeracy Test, which measures whether you are making the right decision in risky situations.

Now one can smile at some of these approaches. But your advantage is: You confront us with new stimuli, lead us on new tracks.

For author De Lange it was Result sobering though. All she could do was reveal her hidden talent as a "caterpillar shepherd". But maybe you will come to a more satisfactory result?

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November 6, 2020Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. On the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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