How to Discover Your True Talent and Make It Profitable

An altogether smarter way to start discovering your true talent is by going through these simple questions.
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Admit it...

You're slaving away at your office job, but you're secretly dreaming of creating your own success instead of working to make your boss more successful.

You've probably heard you need a profitable talent to achieve such success.

But your biggest problem is that you have no clue what your talent is.

You might feel like you're the only one who hasn't realized their talent. But you couldn't be further from the truth.

Many people feel the same way. And even the ones that managed to turn their talent into profit felt the same way at some point. The only difference is that they discovered the talent they could use to make money.

But how do you discover your talent?

One way is to keep waiting for your talent to show up and hope that the talent gods will decide it's finally your turn and hand it over to you.

Good luck with that wait.

An altogether smarter way to start discovering your true talent is by going through these simple questions.

1. What do you do on Sundays-the day of rest?

You can find out a lot about a person just by what they do on Sunday's -- including yourself.

Sundays are our greedy days. Culturally speaking, it's supposed to be a day of rest, which means no bosses. So Sundays are great because we don't guilt ourselves into doing things for other people.

That leaves Sundays to us.

What you do in your free time and on Sundays will tell you a lot about the things you like because what you choose to do with your free time is within your control.

What would you do if every day was a Sunday?

Something that takes you to a place where minutes run into hours and makes you feel good about yourself would be your talent. And if what you love doing is crafting, that would be your talent.

Your talent allows you to call your own shots, and you can profit from it in different ways, like making crafts of any kind and selling them by word of mouth or on eBay, or simply opening an Etsy shop.

2. What are your natural gifts?

You possess unique talents that come easily to you and are inborn.

Maybe you're great at explaining things or making people laugh, or maybe you're great at painting or sculpting, or maybe you're great at drawing graphs or working with numbers

All those things that come easily to you have always been in you since you were born; you just never thought of them as talents.

Let's say drawing or sketching comes fluently to you, and those close to you are like, "OMG, you drew that? Are you a robot or something? Can you make me one?" You definitely have a natural talent for drawing. You can profit by selling your drawings.

If you're good at making people laugh. You probably can write greeting cards, birthday cards, or Valentine cards. Real humans, not robots, write all the cards you see in stores, and you can be one of those people making other people laugh.

Are you good at sculpting? You can sculpt cool miniatures or just anything you wish and then sell them.

If people describe you as a problem solver, and you are confident in numerical abilities, your talent is working with numbers. You can consider tutoring children and adults alike for pay.

Do you have the ability to play with your own body and hands? Then you have a bodily kinesthetic intelligence talent. You can consider offering your services to a local gym or community education class where you get fit and get paid too.

3. What's your life experience?

We all gain experience from learning and practicing, whether we do so in school or by ourselves.

We might gain knowledge or learn new skills for personal interest or just to someday develop an income. And during that learning, we develop a talent that we can use to make a profit.

Let's say you gained the ability to play the guitar through practice. You can also tell when the guitar is out of tune and tune it.

Being able to play and tune the guitar is a talent you possess that you could turn into profit. Take Leanne Regalla for examples. She picked up playing the guitar and now gives online guitar classes. She's a prime example of someone who turned talent into profit.

If you have experience in taking care of pets such as exotic animals that can be legally owned, you can offer services such as grooming, dog walking, and pet sitting for a fee.

Do you like shopping for bargains? You can turn this into a buy low and sell high business. You start by buying and selling items you come across through craigslist, garage sales, swap meets, consignment stores, and local outlets.

4. What's your job accomplishment?

The knowledge we gained from our former or current jobs can tell us more about our talents.

You can create your own job where you don't have to depend on your employer to pay your bills.

Let's say you've been an accountant for ten years, and everyone comes to you for money advice; you have a talent for playing with numbers.

You can use that talent in different ways to make a profit. For example, in the USA, tax auditors are in high demand during tax season. You can use that talent to help people file their taxes or sell your accounting expertise to other entrepreneurs and become their personal accountant.

Another great example is Ellen Bard, a psychologist who loved her job, but that job never loved her and left her stressed. So she quit after thirteen years of doing consultancy work in London. She now resides in Southeast Asia where she uses her former job knowledge to work as a freelance consultant.

Your talent lies within your job, so make use of it.

"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing."- Oriah

Your talent is like a natural resource waiting for you to discover it.

Once discovered, all you need to do is figure out how to turn it into profit.

Some talents may be easier than others to do so. But imagine how great you'll feel to use that one skill you're already so great at to make money for yourself -- even if it's just side-money.

How great would you feel to turn a hobby into income?

It may be tough, but identifying your talent is worth it.

And don't forget to cheer yourself on as you make small progress.

You'll finally be a winner when your talent becomes profitable.

Ann Davis is on a mission to help people succeed at fulfilling their dreams. Click over to get the free Cheat-Sheet, 11 Short Questions to help you identify your talent and make money using it

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