Uncovering Talent

“Talent, it seems, is energy waiting to be released

through an honest involvement in life.”

“…though we feel intermittently gifted, our gifts are ever-present. For if enlightenment stems from the clarity of being, then talent is no more than a clarity of doing, an embodied moment where spirit and hand are one. The chief obstacle to talent, then, is a lapse of being. It is not that people have no talent, but that we lack a clarity to understand what it is and how it works…Talent, it seems, is energy waiting to be released through an honest involvement in life. But so many of us check whether we have power with the main switch off – the switch being risk, curiosity, passion, and love…”
Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

As leaders, we are incredible opportunities to uncover talent and to support its realization. We can be part of the process of people’s unique and amazing qualities coming to life, part of creating a better world through the impact of this talent unleashed. We can invite understanding and insight among those we touch. We can be part of the process of others’ self-discovery and actualization.

And how do we engage in this way?

1. Listen with kindness and genuine caring
2. Be curious and open to what might be revealed
3. Explore, gently moving down the path of discovery by asking questions that arise from 1 and 2.

You can do this not only for others, but also with yourself. Indeed, doing it for yourself can be a powerfully positive step to being there fully present for others.

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Author: Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through writing, photography, gardening, cooking, crafting, sewing, yoga. I enjoy traveling because it opens me to greater awareness and new possibilities. I find a special joy when I’ve helped someone see their brilliance and express their full potential. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

5 thoughts on “Uncovering Talent”

  1. Wonderful post, Vicki! Another challenge is knowing what a talent is. Someone who recognizes the emotions of others may just assume everyone can do it. Exploring what talent means to you, and the impact it has on you and others, is a great idea. Just as you said.

    1. Of course, YOU get it, my dear friend Maureen, the strengths guru. Synonymous with uncovering talent is identifying strengths. What a lovely and varied tapestry is available for us all to excel and make a difference!

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