What is Your Talent?

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May 5, 2013 by sergeabihaidar

By Serge Abi Haidar, MSc in Management Consulting 3 student

When was the last time you asked yourself “what is my talent”? Did you ever wonder what makes you special? How special? Having a talent or a unique skill is doing exactly the right thing at exactly the right time. Every person is distinctively engineered and programmed to be exceptional and stand out from the crowd. Each one of us is born with a gift and through inspiration, perspiration and perseverance; we are able to transform this gift into an actual talent. This is not a mathematical formula, but rather a design or a blueprint to achieve our future goals and aspirations.

In the consulting world, the competition is fierce. Most firms require you to be a top-performer with significant experience and a higher degree from top schools or universities. To start with, you need to have a polished CV and a flawless cover letter. After that, you must be well-prepared for any kind of interview. From a handshake to cracking a case, this takes a lot of training. Once you get accepted, your life turns upside down. You are expected to spend 70 to 90 percent away from home dealing with overly demanding clients, working 50 to 70 hours a week to bring a project in on time.

The level of competition has grown tremendously. Every person is competing to win the trophy. The secret is in knowing how to stand out and that is by discovering your true gift. Corporations are spending vast amounts of money on hiring the top headhunters to discover the brightest and most skilled candidates. Meanwhile, many companies are downsizing, also known as reengineering. It is the process of cutting costs through mass employee layoffs to boost profitability. In other words, it is filtering employees to keep the most talented and top-performers and reduce the amount of ordinary or less-profitable employees. This is when you have no choice but to prove your value and answer the question, “what is my talent?”

Discover your talent now. Check off the following steps:

Step 1: Focus on the present

Step 2: Focus on yourself and your value. Do not compare yourself with others as everyone is unique

Step 3: Face your fears. Challenges are tests that bring out the best in you

Step 4: Be proactive

Step 5: Never give up

Once you discover your true talent(s), you should embrace that gift and preserve it. Whatever you do, remember that you have something that no one else has. The day you find your true passion, you will realize that you have all you need to make a difference, believe in yourself, and turn your dreams into a reality.

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