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8 Signs Your Time Management Sucks

Managing your time effectively is a useful skill to have especially these days when there are so many opportunities and options that we can choose from out there. Many people who are always on the go would like to believe that they are good at managing their time however some of those people (namely people like me) may not realize time management goes so much further than just being able to complete tasks on time but rather choosing wisely which opportunities to go after.

And if you’re like me and despite being able to complete your tasks on time but have this sinking feeling like somehow

Then read on because I did a similar article last year (around this time too) about managing time but somehow I just get a feeling that I’m still not utilizing my time to the fullest. So below are a few signs to help you figure out whether or not you have a problem when it comes to managing your time:

1. Being Tardy to almost everything.

I do understand that it is difficult to always be on time but if you’re finding yourself late to every single event you may need to stop for a minute and reassess your ability to properly manage your time. Although I am hardly ever late, but I have been on the other end of the waiting game where I once had to wait 45 minutes for someone and believe me it was not fun.

I remember awkwardly sitting in the shop telling the waiter ‘Oh no, I’m still waiting for someone and am not ready to order’ all while I was using their Wi-Fi on my computer.

2. Having to always rush for something

Does your life feel like a never ending marathon where you keep switching from one task to another? I must admit that there too was a time where I used to think that being in an unending state of rushing means that I am being productive but I’ve come to realise that I was wrong.

When I’m always rushing it usually means that I have failed to estimate the time needed to complete a certain task accurately thus leaving me almost zero time to properly plan for all the components that needs my attention. That’s bad time management right there.

3. A drop in performance at work

Speaking of having almost zero time, when I have a ton of things to do but with not enough bandwidth to do all of them I tend to try and do all of them at once – yes I know that’s not very smart but I can’t help it the never give up attitude in me refuse to let me admit that I can’t do something.

The result of such a situation has often also affected my ability to perform. And the red flags go way up for me that it’s time to reevaluate the situation and get a more realistic grip on my scheduling skills.

4. Always feeling tired or stressed

It’s simply horrifying now that I stop to think about it -how the inability to manage time can affect so many aspects of my life? The inability to manage time usually leaves people feeling either like stressed by the amount of work they have to do or tired because they’re forever catching up to the things they have to do.

If you are always overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do maybe it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate how you’re filling up your schedule instead of stressing about always not doing something. Life is supposed to be about a balance of doing the things you want to do and doing the things you have to do.

5. Having to go back on your word

Remember that one time where you promised your best friend you will be there for her open mic but had to cancel last minute because you have too much work or remember the other time you promised your sister you would buy your mother a birthday present but only realized your forgot to get anything a day after your mum’s birthday?

I will be there first to admit I may have found myself in one of those situations and then some. When I started forgetting three events in a row that’s when I know – yep I probably need to stop having that weird fear of missing out when I say yes to everything.

6. You are known to procrastinate

If you’re not sure whether you are known to procrastinate here’s a quick test.

Step 1: Are you supposed to be doing something?

If answer is YES.

Then: Are you doing anything else to avoid doing that something?

If answer is still YES:

You’re procrastinating.

But what if it’s something else that is equally as important?

Yes, you’re still procrastinating.

Just think of it this way, if the guy at McDonalds gave you a double cheese burger when you asked for a Big Mac. Does it still count as him getting your order wrong?

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The answer is YES, although you may think what you’re doing to replace it is equally as important but just like the Double Cheese Burger it isn’t the same thing.

7. Unwilling to delegate tasks

If you are a firm believer in the saying ‘If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself!’ then you my friend are most likely not using your time effectively. Can we all agree that it is almost next to impossible to do everything by yourself?

By taking on everything on your own and having a fear to let anyone else do even the simplest of things is a vice you have then it’s time to lose that vice because there’s a big red siren going off somewhere that’s going to tell you that you’re not effectively using your time.

8. You are always having to sacrifice the things you really want to do

As fully functioning adults, we all have to make certain sacrifices when it comes to the things we want to do, it could be because of budget restrictions, time restrictions or even prior commitments we have made to help others. But if you always have to sacrifice doing things that you really want to do because you don’t have time then it is time to fess up and admit that you have bad time management.

How To Stand Out While Interning

As you sit (or stand) there by the Xerox printer at 5pm waiting for the final documents of your supervisor’s report –that so happens to be due on her desk tomorrow morning at, counting down the minutes before you bolt out the door. You hear that dreading beeping telling you that there is an error with the machine. You quickly start maniacally pressing every single button available whilst scanning across the room looking for someone who you think will be willing to help out but to no avail. As the feeling of helplessness and frustration begins to kick in, you think to yourself are internships really worth all that it’s hyped up to be?

If the above scenario seems a little too real for you then I hope you find comfort in knowing that we’ve all ( or most of us anyways) have been there and it’s probably a rite of passage one must go through before entering the working world. Internships, especially specialised internship programmes, are growing in popularity these days both in the number of companies offering them and the number of people applying for such positions.

Internships are a great way for an organisation to not only recruit great talent even before they graduate but also a great way to keep a steady pulse on the changing needs of their future workforce. Then you might be thinking

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There are many benefits to doing an internship ( though we cannot deny there are some downsides but) the upsides are:

· You get to have a test run of what the working world is really like before diving head first

· You get to gain valuable insights and knowledge you’d probably not get anywhere else, and

· Lastly if you are outstanding it will most likely guarantee you a job once you graduate/ finish your internship.

Therefore for you to get to that end goal of securing that job here are a few things to keep in mind to stand out while interning.


You might be thinking

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However, being professional goes so much further than how you dress and how you do your work. It also includes the way you speak with other people and how you carry yourself in the work setting. The degree as to how ‘professional’ you should act are also subjective to the organisation, therefore the best way to know what level of professionalism you should adhere to is to observe those who are already in the organisation. How people act are a good indicator as to the company culture and how you should act as well.


Every boss is unique and has different working styles. Sometimes we interns may get stuck with a really sucky boss/ superior but that is not to say that there is no good thing that can come out of it. Know his/her working styles, what he likes or dislikes and what is his values both as an individual and as a professional.

This is not to say that you spend all your time with your boss nor this is to say that you’re always there with a cup of coffee in the morning when he enters the office – unless you’re absolutely sure that is what he needs to start the day, because really that’ll only make you look like a kiss ass to the other people in the office. Observe from the way he presents his ideas to others, observe how other people behave around him and from there it would give you a good guestimation on who he/she is as an individual and how to anticipate what he requires of you before even asking for it.


Interning is your best chance to learn all you can and absorb everything like a sponge, try your very best to get into projects that’ll give you the best opportunity to learn something new. Try your very best to say yes to projects that you have no experience in because chances are everything they throw at you is going to be something new. Say yes and figure it out along the way.

A word of caution though, don’t say that you know how to do something when you clearly don’t, say you are willing to learn and would need some guidance in the area because that way that would set a manageable expectation for the person giving you the task. Do your research on the task and ask questions should you be unsure about anything. The best way is to either ask other interns first or ask those in the organisation whom you can trust to validate that what you’re asking isn’t some trivial question that may trigger the person giving you the task.


Being young and well educated can sometimes lead us to thinking that you probably can do a better job that so and so but the likelihood of you knowing more on how things are run and what should be done at the organisation are probably really low. That is not to say that you aren’t an outstanding individual and can probably do a great job but sometimes it is good humble ourselves to just living the experience and learning how to play nice with others.

If you feel that you could add value and help things run a little more efficiently than by all means I do suggest you voice your opinion but keep in mind the way you phrase your sentence or question can make all the difference between people (or worse your boss) thinking you’re a know-it-all snob versus a genuinely curious pro-active intern trying to make the workspace a better place.

And if all else fails I suppose you can always continue studying! So don't sweat the small stuff, stay focused and just do your best!

Start Committing To Taking Action

Happy New Year! Yes it is still technically the new year as I’d like to believe that last week was a practice run for the real 2017! And every year during this time when we scroll through our social media feed, we can’t seem to shake the never ending posts of people determined to be a better person this year. And as you sit there on your phone scrolling you think back and say to yourself

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Though it does feel like we’ve been busy the whole of 2016, in a frenzy running around doing things, but let’s be honest that’s just what life is - busy. We occupy our time with things to keep us busy so we don’t have to face the reality that we’re really just running around in circles and not really getting anywhere.

If you’re tired of running around and feel that this is the year you want to make the leap forwards below are a few steps you can take to see your plan to fruition.


Most of time, people are unable to take action because there is an innate fear within them that leaves them paralysed (sometimes it’s the lack of drive) but most of the time it’s fear. Fear of failure, fear or letting other people down, fear that the road ahead is going to be difficult and rough.

This year choose courage over fear and the best way to do it is to start by understanding what exactly is it that you want. It’s usually easier for us to downplay our fears when we can see the benefits outweighing the costs.


The next step after you’ve gotten over your fear you need to map out a plan to get to your goal. In his bestselling book the 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen Covey says that people who are highly successful usually start with the end in mind. This is a great concept that will help us understand our goal.

To start with the end in mind, you would have to begin each day, task, or project with a clear visualization on what you want to achieve at the end of the day. This goal needs to be specific, actionable and measurable.

With the goal in mind, you would have to work backwards on what action steps you would have to take in order to get to that goal..


Map out your action steps through careful planning. Think of possible challenges that you may face and opportunities you will have to seize in order to get from one step to another. Start by setting up mini goals or mini ‘upgrades’ you have to go through so that the cumulative of these goals will lead you to your ultimate goal.

The next step is to set up a general timeline of what you want to achieve and by when you want to achieve this goal. Set up check points to motivate you and give yourself that little added pressure in order to sustain your motivation. For example if your plan is to start and run a successful online business with revenues amounting to $500,000 then your plan would be a breakdown of each month and the things that you would have to get done and the sales you would have to make in order to get to that $500,000 mark.

The easiest way to do this is to break down what are the different components of your resolution and set up weekly or monthly milestones that you need to unlock. This reprograms your brain into thinking it as more of a game or a challenge that you can unlock instead of an arduous task that you have to complete at the expense of your own comfort.


As you look at your plan, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to get done and right about now that little voice in your head is probably already saying that it’s too much effort.

Now more than ever you have to start doing something because if you let that voice in your head convince you that you can’t do it, you’re back to square one. Just start doing something, pen an email to someone who think might help, go online a Google for ways to start an online business ( or whatever it is that you want to do). Just keep taking small steps forward and stick to your timeline because sooner or later by just doing what is possible you’d surprise yourself by doing what is impossible


Last be true to yourself, you can get someone to be your accountability buddy to track your progress but in all truth and honesty

Working towards bettering different areas of our lives is bound to be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. Things like leading a healthier lifestyle or saving more (or starting to save) money are probably difficult things to start doing.

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The only person who can make a change in your life is you so it’s about time that we try our very best to stay discipline and do whatever it takes to get there.

I’m rooting for you! You can do this!


Dealing With Procrastination

It's only a few more weeks till the end of the year and as we get ready for next year I believe that one habit we need to look into seriously kicking is the habit of procrastinating.

Let's face it having to do important things and sticking to a deadline is all part of being a fully functioning working adult and as much as we try to use our time wisely - so that we don't die of stress and exhaustion, there are times (sometimes, special times, okay let's be honest most of the times) when we give in to the lure of temptation and actively choose to do something else.

I've been feeling like I'm in this endless loop of procrastination.

Procrastination can come in many forms whether it is blatantly obvious or discreet. Generally procrastinators fall into three categories: the perfortinators, the busycrasnators and the fearnators. Each type of procrastinator are driven by different motives and sources to procrastinate.

One single common thread that binds all three categories is that we would off doing work until the last minute every single time expecting that it will turn out different but we know deep down that it won’t.

Below are a few different methods to procrastinate less ( because it's definitely impossible to put an end to it) and hopefully regain a little more control over your life.

1. For the Perfortinators

Being a perfortinator means that you’ve mastered the art of performing ‘better under pressure’. Perfortinators are those who can only work if there is enough pressure being exerted onto them. Simply reading the task and doing the work for a mere 5 minutes will not do anything to produce any kind of work. We the perfortinators can only work if we have 48 hours left (sometimes 24 depending on the task).

However sometimes being a perfortinator can be quite tiring and we might want to switch it up a bit and be less stressed the next time another assignment is due. The best way would be to have a task chart or a timeline indicating what needs to be done.

On that timeline set our own deadlines for the task to be carried out. For example assuming that you have 2 months to complete a certain task given to us, we set our own deadlines as to when everything needs to be done by. That way we give ourselves enough pressure while at the same time pacing ourselves enough so that we don’t burn out.

The easiest way to execute this plan would be to use a calendar and then set reminders and deadlines on them for that added pressure to get us to work.

2. For the Busycrasnators

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To those of us who are busycrastnators, we tend to be in denial and prefer to be in the buffering phase of the procrastination cycle. We tend to think we have a whole lot of time left to get to work or we feel the need to get the conditions absolutely perfect to start. This situation makes us feel a great need to want to fill our time doing other things of inconsequential outcomes.

We understand that we really have got to start doing work instead of browsing through Facebook or endlessly refreshing our Instagram feed, heck we probably didn’t really need to know what do sloths eat ( the answer is leaves in case you were wondering) but somehow our minds would wander every time we even attempt to get any work done.

In order for us to control this inability to concentrate on a certain task for a long period of time, us the busycranators need first to set a small goal for ourselves to complete every day, make it something small and attainable. The first goal we could try getting the title down as a task. Then the next day set ‘decide on direction of campaign’ as the goal for the day. Then the next day decide colour scheme for our presentation.

This small goal needs to be set every day and then we then need to make sure that these small tasks get done. But let’s face it even with this small task sometimes we tend to wonder off track and procrastinate doing other things.

When we find ourselves in this dilemma of doing something else, we need to be truthful to ourselves and stop what we are doing, realign our focus and then get back to work. It doesn’t matter how many times we get distracted as long as we get back to what we were doing.

Keep this up for as long as it takes to complete the task you’ve set out to do.

3. For the Fearanators

The fearanators among us are people who are too paralysed by fear. The fear that our work will never be good enough, the fear that if we did well this time we would never be able to measure up to our past works leaving us unable to actually start on our work, the fear that we will not have enough time or skills to pull it off.

We need to take everything we do as a learning experience. We will never know whether we’d do well or do horrible if we don’t try, the earlier we start work the more time we have to actually edit our work and let others have a look at it.

Instead of fearing to start, we need to just start write ideas at random, take it as a draft that you’ll improve on anyways so it doesn’t matter whether or not it is great the first time around. Every time you feel unhappy or that is it not up to the standard that you want, go back and edit it.

Just like the busynators, we the fearanators would need to set a small goal every day and stick to accomplishing that goal. We might take a longer time to get there but at least we started somewhere.

If you have any other methods on how to deal with procrastinating do share it with me in the comments section below I'm super looking forward to reading them!

Five Ways To Manage Emotions Better

Ever since its startling revelation by Daniel Goleman in the 1990s, Emotional Intelligence has taken the world by storm and is now considered by many experts to be equally as important, if not more important than cognitive intelligence. Emotional Intelligence or more commonly known as EQ is our ability to not only identify and manage our own emotions but also the ability to manage the emotions of the people around us.

Simply managing our emotions and the emotions of others may seem like an ordinary ability however this ability has the great potential to produce very extraordinary results in making our lives better. It can influence the way people process the information we present to them, it can help us connect better with people around us and most importantly it can help us function better as a society at large.

Would you like to be more like this?

Unlike many super powers, having a high emotional intelligence is not something that we are born with neither is it due to an unforeseen chemical radiation, this super power can be learned and trained. In order for us to reach our full capacity at using this super power we would have to then work on aspects of the skill that we are weak at.

In his book ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ’, Daniel Goleman has outlined five elements we can use to objectively evaluate our Emotional Intelligence thus bringing us one step closer to perfecting he art of being a composed, collected and highly effective individual.

Below are five ways in which you can control your emotions better:

1. Self- Awareness

The first and possibly the most important element to evaluating our own Emotional Intelligence is the element of Self-Awareness. Being self-aware is the ability to disassociate ourselves from the situation and people that we are dealing with. This would mean that we as individuals are able to identify and acknowledge the emotions we are experiencing but refuse to allow ourselves to be swayed by them.

To be self-aware also means that we are able to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses, to know the limit to our control and to be confident in our own skin.

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2. Self-Regulation

The second element that makes up our Emotional Intelligence has a lot to do with our ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses. This would mean that we are able to catch ourselves from acting on impulses that stem from the negative and disruptive feelings like hate, anger, fear, envy and jealousy.

To know that these emotions will do us no good, and to fight the urge within ourselves to fester in these emotions that will ultimately lead us to hasty decisions that we may never be able to take back in the future, we would have to actively check our emotion levels and keep a firm grip on them.

One simple tip is not to react immediately when you are triggered emotionally. It is always better to take a few deep breathes to allow your mind to calm down, muscles to untense and heart rate returns to normal. This will prevent you from saying or doing something that you will regret in the future. It is definitely easier said than done in the beginning, especially when you are not used to it, but trust me it works.

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3. Motivation

Staying motivated can be a big hurdle for most of us, however for those who are truly in control of their super power, maintaining their motivation is part and package of everyday life. Self-motivation is an internal force that pushes us forward when we encounter a dead end, it is a driving factor that tells us to delay gratification regardless of the situation that we are put in, and it is the one thing that can keep us going when we feel like giving up.

There are a number of ways in which we can stay motivated, some people have vision boards posted beside their bedside to keep them motivated, some people have a special mantra that they repeat whenever they feel down and some people even have a lucky charm that they bring with them wherever they go. Whatever these methods may be, one thing in common is to have a trigger that will enable them to get into the proper mind set to push through.

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4. Empathy

The ability to identify and understand the wants and needs, as well as the situation of another human being is the fourth element that is used to measure our Emotional Intelligence. It is the link between ourselves and others and it is crucial in building and maintaining relationships.

"[Empathy is] awareness of others' feelings, needs and concerns."

- Daniel Goleman in working with Emotional Intelligence​

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Based from a primal need of traveling in a group for safety, this hereditary trait passed down from our ancestors has moulded the people of today to be social creatures. This situation then causes a need in every one of us to gain attention from those around us as it is associated with being part of an in-group.

​In living in the modern world, this mentality can also be applied especially when working in a team unit. For example, at Thriving Talents I usually butt heads with our Head of Digital, Julian because we have different ideals on work ethics. I believe that once we have agreed on a plan, we need to stick to that plan no matter what. However, Julian on the hand believes that if it is inconvenient we should always do what is easier and that used to drive me crazy.

​However after a few months down the road and we both realized that it was not healthy especially since we are such a small team and had to constantly be working with each other.  I've decided to also look at the situation from his perspective and requested that he also cooperate with my standard of work ethics. At the end, we came to a compromise and I no longer feel like stabbing him on a daily basis.

5. Social Skills

Having a natural aptitude at talking to people and making people feel at ease with themselves also contributes towards our scores when measuring the level of our Emotional Intelligence. In the course of our every day lives, we are bound to have met new people and have had to convince them to buy into our ideas for us to progress as an individual.

It is in the charisma and energy that we exude when interacting with people that attracts others to want to learn more and talk to us. The goal then in such interactions is to reach a turning point that will change the relationship forever. When we are able to make someone else agree and feel comfortable with us that is when we know we've reached a turning point.

By implementing the steps above, hopefully you too will be one step closer to unlocking your superpower of total control over your emotions.

Am I Heading In The Right Direction?

‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

(The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost)

There will come a time in our lives where we feel as though we’ve come to a juncture on this road of life where our decisions at that moment in time will ultimately determine the course of our journey for the rest of our lives. We’ve been told time and time again that we need to take the road less traveled but nobody told us which road was the one less traveled.

Being too focused on taking the right road has left many of us paralyzed at taking that next big step in our journey to life that we often forget that life is not a quaint little road where we only have two different diverging paths; rather it is more like a super highway.

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This super highway of life –just like any other highway today has many different exits, speed bumps, road blocks and occasional road works for upgrading. In travelling on this super highway, we would meet interesting characters, some accommodating, some helping you get to where you are while others simply want to bully you out of the road.

However if we are too focused on simply driving that fastest, or taking the best exits to get to the most famous attractions on this super highway of life we tend to –more often than not forget to enjoy the sights, enjoy the company of people we are travelling with and even forget to refuel leading us to being burnt out by the side of the road.

In order to determine whether we are heading in the right direction we then need to ask ourselves three important questions as we go through the motions.

These three questions are:

1. Will I be happy doing this for the next three years?

No matter how good what we’re doing now looks on paper, but if deep within our souls we feel that what we’re currently doing is something we cannot stand, then the answer is no. It takes a huge toll on us to continuously do something that we are opposed to, not just mentally but also physically.

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2. Will I be a better person tomorrow?

How everyone views a good person is subjective, but there are common elements in each of this views. However the most important view of a good person would be our own view of what that version is. If we are not working towards that ideal of a good person by travelling down the road we are currently on then we may not be heading in the right direction.

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3. Will this add value where it counts the most?

The one thing most people regret at the end of the road is usually not being able to make a lot of money or not being able to buy that one materialistic object but not being able to make an impact in the lives of those around us. We need to sit back and reflect on whether this direction we are heading towards will add value to areas in our life where we value the most. This is not to say that we should not pursue materialistic gains because we are at the end of the day human but so long as these materialistic gains do not consume our lives then the path we are travelling on has great potential to be explored.

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At The End of The Day

Even if the answer to all this questions above is a resounding ‘I have no idea’, being in a state of vulnerability gives us a great opportunity in finding ourselves. It gives us the ability to understand things about ourselves that we would never have been able to if we had a sure fire answer to every question.

Be Young, Be Passionate, and Be Free. Go out and make those opportunities being offered to us count and if in a few months down the road we feel that this choice is not for us, then don’t be afraid to make a U-Turn or exit onto a smaller connecting road because we will always have a choice.

How To Discover My Talents And What To Do With Them

Everyone is born with a special gift(s) that gives them an edge over others and this gift is commonly known as a talent.

A talent is a skill that is difficult to most but comes naturally to that one individual.

Someone who has talent is able to do something without trying hard.

It is an ability that someone is born with.

To those of you have have already identified your talents than proceed to step 2

For those who haven't

Keep Calm and Read On

Not being able to identify our talents does not mean that we aren’t born with one but simply that these talents are either still in the making or have yet to be brought to our attention.

Most of the time we are unable to identify our talents because we do not consider these talents as something that could be of value to others.

The human mind is incapable of making objective judgments about our capabilities and because these talents come easily to us –as with other things that come easy to us, we take these talents for granted and views them as something of very minimal value.

Here are a few steps that we should take in not only identifying our talents but also taking our talents to the next level:

1. Listen To Others

Listening to our friends and family is the best way to start when trying to identify our talents. Pay close attention to the things they say about certain attributes and characteristics.

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This step may be difficult at first as we are pre-programmed to dismiss these observations or compliments as courtesies, but after we learn to get over this phase, identifying what we are good at becomes much easier.

2. Own It

After identifying our talents it is not enough to simply accept it, we need to take it to the next level and own it.

To know that this talents is uniquely ours, to know that this talent is worth something and to know that this talent can enrich our lives and the lives of people around us takes conditioning and perseverance.

In owning this talent, we need to develop it further by finding the right knowledge to enhance our talent and this can be done by connecting with the right people who share the same passion and similar experiences.

3. Discover New Ways to Improve

The general route in improving our talents would be to seek out professional help or people who are far more experienced in the field of your talent because it is best to learn the tricks of the trade and learn their mistakes.

However, if in the event we are unable to find someone who is a professional in the field the next best option on the road to improving ourselves would be to join a community that is dedicated to the discussion of these talents.

4. Find Like-minded People

We as human beings are very social creatures and most of what we do usually –in some way or other deals with people.

This is why our motivation and our drive to develop our unique talents are also driven by the ability to discuss and share our experiences with others who also share the same experience.

To keep the fire going and to continue on learning and growing, having people support and also share similar experiences enables us to relate and to know that we are not alone in the pursuit of the same passion.

5. Add Value

As we continue to upgrade our skill pool it is also important for us to add value and give back to the community.

By adding value to the community, there is also a potential for us to have a fresh perspective on ways to improve ourselves.

To those of us who are extra ambitious and passionate, by adding value to others we could also market the skill that we have and make a profit out of it.