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I have spent some time doing some soul searching about myself. I'm having problem trying finding my talent.

According to human study human being have 1 or more talent. i can't seem to find mine or could it be that I’m talentless?

can anybody here tell me what their talent is and how you discovered it? how can i discover my own talent?

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everyone has provided hints as to discovering one's talent as can be noticed with many successful personality in the world-they are passionate about what they do!!!

you've got to observe what you are very passionate about so much so that you can do it even when you are not paid.

but what about people that know what their talent/passion are but not taking action?

any reason for that please?

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the truth is simple, every product has a manual and every producer knows better than anyone. what am i saying you can only get your true talent if you will take time to ask your maker. i got mine and i never though that could be my area of strength but by the time i went to GOD in prayer to show why i am created i didn't have a clue of my ability at all. that is first, getting you talent is God responsibility but developing it is your responsibility. you need books like biography of people that has done it before, book in the area of you career i bet you, you cant miss it shalom.

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Singing is my talent but I can't be singing secular songs for money. These are the kind of musics in vogue and which appears to be lucrative too.

I want to make it on the corporate ends first then support myself in spreading the gospel through my singing.

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TO KNOW YOUR POTENTIAL OR TALENT YOU SHUOLD ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTION

1. WHAT DO YOU LOVE OR ENJOY DOING IN YOUR LIFE.

2.WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING IF YOU HAVE EVERY THING YOU WANT IN LIFE.

3.WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL.

AGAIN ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO TELL YOU WHAT THEY LOVE IN YOU OR WHY THEY LOVE YOU.

GOOD LUCK

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Stop the worry,what is needed is re-orientation,with adequate consultation of a career expert,

it is good to search self,for self re-discovery.

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having talents is good, but ae they marketable? unless you just what to use it as an hobby,

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Well, I am not exactly sure how you can discover your talent. But I have one suggestion: Do more.

Most people are innately reluctant to try new things, especially as they get older. Keep looking for new things to learn and do, and somehow you'll find yourself, I think.

For me, that's what I like to do.

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And u know what. Many other nigerians are just like that. Here, u hear people say am a footballer or i can sing or act. It's just about d environment pure and simple. D environment is just not conducive to talent searching.[color=#006600][/color]

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I love this!! It is by discovering your talent and using it as a force that you can make great wealth!!

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@ Cokolet, after reading your reply, it seems to me we re having almost the same problem.

Hear my story,

I am a mechanical engineering graduate, after searching for job for almost a year after NYSC, I registered for a data processing programme since i knew i ve a passion for computers, exactly a month and one week into the porgramme, i had to relocate to another area, due to family issues(i was staying with a cousin and she lost her husband).

Early this year, i registered for a computer networking programme at a computer training school in Yaba, because their fees are better than that of the good schools in my area(i live in Apapa). Halfway into the training, i got a job as a PA in a private firm, i couldnt continue with the programme because of time constraint.

I could get a place to continue with my computer training in my area, but my major constraint is finance.

I am also passionate about being a pilot and a lot of other things,being a pilot or a networking engineer would be beneficial to me(financially) and to my society, these are the things i feel i would always loved to be caught doing.

And apart from my professionional ambitions(or are they my talents?), i love reading, writing, cooking, painting,sewing and housekeeping at my leisure, and bet me, i always love doing al these.

I wonder if the latter could also be referred to as talents? If yes,My BIG question is; how can i develop these Talents and make them also financially beneficial to me.

comments pls!!!!!!!

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@poster,

you are not alone

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my guy,my name is onikoyi, talent is d natural potential gift dat we are endowed with by god, fine do you believe dat ? if so dont bother stress urself searching for wat you lost uhm,as for me anything you like doing pls doing it well or up to satisfactory.i wish you all the best in life ((amen))av a nice day.

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@All

U guys are great. Its just a simply text but it has gone a long way in saving many. I know a whole lot of people following this trend would have gain more than enough and with time discover their talent.think of sport gist, if u are a fanatic fan then render a service in that line manPEAAACE

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@OctUPUS

You dont go about calling people Layabouts for nothing.IMO that is DISSING.

Anyways,if you wanna know what Shaunscot means,all you need do is ask.

I could help bail you out of your wondering Misery.

God and my FRIENDS know the meaning of SHaunscot.

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hello Riff-Raff,

I believe there are many people like you who do not know what their talents is, but i thin kit is usually because they are usually trying to see othe people's talents in themselves. I believve there must sure be something you do effortlessly, that does not have to stress you out, that you do with so much passion. Find your passion then you find you talents even if it is just listening to other people.

I am sur eit is just waiting to be discovered remember however that you do not have to think to hard to discover yur talent.

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@shaunscot,

What do u mean by "talent in dissing people" and who tells u my name is meant to be Octopus? I chose my site name,just as u chose urs.Only God knows what shaunscot means.

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I think OlowoTee has said it all.Just give yourself some time and think of what you find yourself doing best,or better say,that which you do without much stress!

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hey i feel you. i was once at a point were i was also searching for my talent. however, i discovered that your talent lies in the things that you do that make you happy. if cooking, singing etc makes you happy, makes you want to do it all the time, yo u are willing to do it wothout pay, 24/7, and you see yourself doing it 4ever, well i hope im making sense but thats how i knew what mine was.

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trust me, you will never find it if you keep on searching. why not stop the search and start enjoying your talent.

think!

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@riff raff ( which kain name be that sef?)

Kaypinchi has said all u really need to know

Listen to him

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read all ya post

right from my duty post

this is the best post in nairaland so far cos it realy help youngstars,

I as a person, i am realy in need of what all ya searching for and nobody can bodly tell me that he or she is fulfilled cos we are discover new thing everyday,

sorry for those saying poo and playing with their life cos these blog can change the whole nation.

there is a CD called PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVITY by NIYI ADESANYA, It helped me alot,

Any one interested in it can send me his address, I give it to that person for free,

THanks Riff-Raff for this post,

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common peeps, lets be truthful to our selfs.

if you really want to discover your talent: go hunger!!!!!

i have been there.

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@slitty

You ain't the only one in that boat! I also find it difficult atimes to concentrating on only one out of many others.

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my own problem is that, i am good at soooo many things that i gets soo confused at what i want. but out of all, i love giving advise and listening to people, i love sharing peoples problems, how do i develop on that? i need suggestions pleassssssssssssssse.

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Seun put ACTING,COMEDY into the mix 4 liars,them boku 4 der.

Topic

Now i understand that funny topic exists ere,

i for like yab the poster but, Pray 2 God jare he can help u discover your talent

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@SolutionsO: Your lying friend should consider the following ;industries': (1) Law (2) Politics (3) Ministry.

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They always look demoralised every morning while

going to their supposed "jobs".Taking a look at the

faces of most Nigerians especially Lagosians while

sitting in the "molue" always depicts a picture of

a set of slave been moving to a sugar cane plantation.

After much diagnosis of what is causing this symptom,

i got to realised that most people are sticked in

wrong professions and working environment.

Suggesting that most people are just putting

up with their jobs, and not necessarily enjoying it.

In addition, it occurred to me that the crime most of

these group committed were they have not discover

their natural talents,gifts and abilities, and passions.

So the moral of my observation to all nairalanders

and Nigerians is to strive and discover our calling

because all human beings are prophets and prophetess

in one area or the others of human endeavour.Also,

we are co-creators with God on earth.Always remember

the co-creator name such as:Thomas Edison,the Wright brothers,

Mother Teresa, to mention but few.

Another prophet have just spoken.

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I can see you have a talent in dissing people.U cant even spell Octopus right.

@Poster

Heed my advise.Your talent will come naturally when Owu start to dey blow

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@poster,

Dont listen to all the thrash some layabouts are posting here.

Olowo Tee says it all.Read her comments again and act on them.There is no human being,born of woman,who does not have talent/s.When you discover things you have a natural aptitude for,they lead you to your talents.You can make a living off your talents if you develop and sharpen them,and of course if there is a market for them.Many people are making a living in areas outside of their natural talents,but it is tougher this way.

I wish u all the best.

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I think telling people the difficulties you face in your life and making them learn from it is a talent on it's own. You like sharing your problem with people while they also learn from it? Think of a more modified and matured way about it. I know you talk too, I've seen it it in your post.

THe only prblem is what is called "FALIURE TO LAUNCH'

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@poster

Hunger never wire you well well.

If hunger wire you,your talent go comot naturally.

How do you think the likes of Basketmouth and I go die discovered their talents?

How many recording artists do we have in Naija now?

Even person wey get frog voice dey realise say him get talent for music when the hunger times come.

Guy,just try dey broke, I can assure you your quest will end.

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The topic is a nice one, it is true that God deposited in each and every one of us diff talents 4rm creation, but we must also note that in every step we want to take after discovering our talents,as a beleiver if i may say; u must seek the face of God, becos He said in his word that: in all our ways we shuld acknowledge His prsence and He wil direct our part.He also noted that wisdom is the principal thing, in all our geting get understanding.

One thing is vital which we must know, what ever one discover as one's potential, one must ve the passion for it,so as to come out with outstanding results.but don't forget to look unto God for leading, becos his leadin makes great leaders,don't assume u know it all or that u can't knw it,note (assumption is the mother of frustration).

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l discovered my talent when l was 5 years old

and my mother nurtured me and enrollled me at a gymn and ballet studio

from then l have never loooked back and l intend to make it to the olympics someday

and making gymnastics my profession

about discovering your talent Mr Poster you will ,soon enough

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@GL: Good one. However, after eating and sleeping for a few months, you'll want to do something else.

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riff raff, you are not alone in this; i wondered myself if i was talent-less too. i still cant say i know if i have one and what it is.

what i find myself doing naturally? i think that'll be sleeping, talking, reading novels, playing PC games , can't see the talent in that

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if you can just try and do this ! believe me you would get what you looking for. before you go to bed, tell God show me the purpose of my life, show me my talent. full stop see it works for me i bet you

Like the day i was so confuse about my talent though have another prefession i prayed that fathfull day, and i slept off. i dreamt and i saw my real self in the church, saw choirs singing, i was so confused when i came in it was late and choirs well busy ministering and the keyboard was there nobody was playing the piano, so in the dream immediately i said i should touch the keyboard and play along with the choir, the keyboard fell down, and i woke up and i was so confused because i do play the piano and i don't take it serious uptill now as i'm writing to you. but when i asked my father, he happend to be pastor he told me my gift is there waiting for me, nobody is draging that from me, but it was because i'm not serious about it, that was why the piano fell off he said God was just trying to show me what he made me for.

Now each time i sleep, either i dream seeing myself in the midst of choir singing with them or i see my self in the church, so since then i understood that God has purpose for mylife and i tell you i can just stay with you and i will compose a full track. don't know how i came about it, but it just a talent. sometimes when i go for a concert, i play somethings and some other keyboardist will just look at me and shook head " hey how do you play that thing tell me please" thats the gospel truth about me, try it out and see and come back tell us the goodnews,

next year i will be having a studio and a magazine company striclty gospel also a gospel recording lable just for gospel artist alone ! first of it's kind in nigeria

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I feel it is very easy to discover ur talent, just look deep down and fish out that thing u find urself doing naturally!

From childhood, playing drums was part of me as i never learnt it, but i didnt see it as a talent because alot of people play drums aswell and i wanted to do somthing else. but as i grew up, i realised i had the natural flexibility that alot of professional drummers train hard to acheive. Now that i call (ABILITY) which could naturally come with the talent or can be acheived through practice. Therefore i directed my ability (flexibility) towards my talents and today, im getting payed to play drums professionally.

look inwards for that thing that comes naturally, think of ways to improve on it. If its singing, get a tape recorder, record songs on your own. u will only get better.  If its playing instruments,buy more tapes,and rehearse more often.   If ur the basket mouthed type, it could be ur line, get a notebook, write down those freestyle jokes u crack when with ur mates, work on them. perhaps u could be getting payed someday to tell those jokes.

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Riff-Raff

Suggestion 1: Change your name and Location. It has a way of influencing you.

Suggestion 2: What are you good at doing or enjoy doing? It could be your TALENT and you are busy searching for some outstanding or special, Whatever

I guess we can make a start with these.

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I belong to the school of thoughts that every one

should find his or her talents and potentials

more importantly in the developing world.

Because i believe one among the reasons

the advanced world is ahead of the developing

world is that most of their citizens are making

use of their potentials.

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This is a nice topic. I'm sure it will help some of us discover our great talents with the mature and creative minds on Nairaland.

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I DONT BELIEVE YOU HAVE AT LEAST ONE TALENT. TALENT REALLY ABILITY, WHAT EVER YOU CAN DO, IS YOUR TALENT. YOU WERE ABLE TO WRITE BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE ABILITY, BUT THERE ARE AREAS YOU HAVE STRENGTH IN AND THAT IS CALLED YOUR CORE TALENT. FOR YOU TO DISCOVER THIS CORE, YOU HAVE TO IDENTIFY THE THINGS YOU DO WITH EASE AND LOVE TO DO. I HAVE A MODEL CALLED (PREFERENCE AND COMPETENCE MODEL TO DISCOVERY YOUR TALENT(S)).

ASK YOURSELF SOME QUESTIONS LIKE; WHAT DO I LOVE DOING? WHAT DO I DO WITH EASE.

LIST THEM AND YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO DISCOVERING YOUR TALENTS. FOR MORE DISCUSSIONS (SYDOLLAR@YAHOO.COM)

ALL THE BEST!

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Talents can show at anytime of ones life.

I believe in what you like most of the time without laziness attached

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Nice thread here.

Still trying 2 discover my talents too cos i like doing lots of things and i'm confused on what i'm really up to.

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I once watched a movie in which someone said

the point is that the fact that you don't know your talent now doesn't mean it will come while you're young. you could discover it anytime. so just go ahead and do what pleases you for now and don't sit around waiting for it.

could've sworn the movie was bruce almighty. damn good movie.

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Talents are natural abilities. Special Endowments. GOD's Gifts. Everyone is talented but some are more talented than others. Being gifts, they are not what you acquire or achieve. However, you must improve on your gifts or talents.To improve, you must trade with your talent(s). You trade by using it. A latent talent is a talent not in use and so cannot improve. The effort you put in to improve your talent is not commensurate with the effort you put in to improve on those things you acquire or achieve. e.g A talented singer would naturally flow while, one that is not talented or gifted will practice hard to even make any flow if at all.

Take time to study yourself. Don't rush. Just take your time. You may be good at counseling people, helping people, making others happy. Do you find it convenient bearing the burden of others, do you have the patience to listen to others while they unbar their heart and burden? Do you find it easy to pray for others and they are healed? Do you work with tools and you find it adventurous and pleasurable? Do you find it easy to organized people, events, programmes? The list is endless. They are just gifts. Find out what yours is or are.

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Riff-Raff ur topic is nice

Talent is what you love doing most of the time

Jimmy Jat said he can not work in a bank or Oil company because he loves listening and playing music and now that people have started paying him for doing what he loves doing without pay(Talent!)thenm for ever he'll be doing it

Me myself i love teaching but there's no money in teaching but it's my talent so i'm contemplating getting a lecturing job in one of our universities immediately after my Masters

so look inside of you your talent is there

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You are a Riff-Raff, thats a enough Talent. Build on this and you could be best at it.

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Hi pal,

it a nice topic u rise here, but i'm really gonno tell u it a simple procedure to know where u belong to, why dont u sit down and think of what u like doing most of ur time,

for me i love reading and writing and that what i found myself doing all the time, whenever i'm watching movie i go ahead with a note pad to get in writing with the touch words of fiction i love doing it i dont know why because i found myself most of the time doing it,

why dont u go ahead and get a lead to ur pad,,,

cos of time give me a mail i'll reply u with details

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Let me tell U smthin,all these eficos ,ITKs and complex complicated people will mak U think rubbish and mess up ur 'mojo'.

There is nthin wrong if U dnt knw ur talent,dnt think too much,dnt go searchin for it cz u will never find it.

Many of d peeps with talents wot hav they done with it.Mant=y of d basket ballers is it jus bout talents or they practiced lik crazy.D singers work day and nite on thier voice.

So is talent d same thing as working hard to develop wot u want to develop

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