Our natural talents are gifts at birth. We had nothing to do with them.
However, we have a great deal to do with becoming aware of them. It is up to us to discover our natural signature talents and transform them through focus, practice and learning into strengths.
Our first awareness of what comes easy happens in late childhood or adolescence. We then build on these competencies in our first job or when some other transitional situation occurs that demands we use one or more of our innate talents more purposefully. Focusing on what matters helps us reach clarity.
As the years go by, we practice those things that come easily to us as we build our natural talents into strengths. Concurrently, we experience what doesn’t come easy to us, while trying not to overplay our talents, as we work around and underplay our weaknesses. The result is we undermine our destiny by attempting to live within our limitations.
The book @F-L-O-W: Find, Design, Use Talent to Emerge Happiness & Success in a Post-Modern World by author Mike R. Jay helps us to verify that we are what we are, and although most of that is beyond our control, we have the power to design a better life in concert with who we are.
This book reminds us that we have spent our time and energy pursuing things that are not aligned with who we really are and what we are capable of achieving. When we understand the misalignments between what we do naturally and what is required for success, we can close the design gap of where we want to be instead of attempting to change who we are.
When we reach out to others, who help us get to where we want to be, we increase our ability to be resourceful, to persist and be generative using our designed plan for happiness and success. We build resilience and adaptability through receiving and acting upon the feedback received from those who help us as we move along the path of constant change which is the new normal.
@F-L-O-W is the guide we need to ride the waves of change while enjoying the happiness and well being we seek.