4. Discover your unique ability
"You possess a kind of inner force that seeks to guide you toward your Life's Task -- what you are meant to accomplish in the time that you have to live.
"In childhood, this force was clear to you. It directed you toward activities and subjects that fit your natural inclinations, that sparked a curiosity that was deep and primal. In the intervening years, the force tends to fade in and out as you listen more to parents and peers, to the daily anxieties that wear away at you. This can be the source of your unhappiness -- your lack of connection to who you are and what makes you unique.
"The first move toward mastery is always inward -- learning who you really are and reconnecting with that innate force. Knowing it with clarity, you will find your way to the proper career path and everything else will fall into place. It is never too late to start this process." -- Robert Greene, "Mastery."
I have spent a lot of time trying to get back to the truth of what I am naturally inclined toward. It eventually led me to one of the best things I have tried yet to discover what my unique abilities are:
I picked people from all different areas of my life -- college, high school, first jobs, second job, different cities.
I sent them all an email from the same template, and I asked them "What do you see as my Unique Ability? Talents and abilities, characteristics that describe me, what I'm good at, how I do things, what you count on me for, any other distinguishing features you see about who I am."
It was shocking how similar all the responses were. People that knew me from totally disparate areas of my life (including different countries a decade apart) sent back remarkably similar responses.
Nine of the 10 even involved the exact same phrase, and it's gone on to shape a lot of how I've approached my career and personal development in the past year.
Via Inc.com http://www.inc.com/
May 23, 2016 at 08:18AM