Ask Becca, The Messenger’s Advice Columnist

 

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Q: I am struggling with finding things that I am good at. What are some ways I can discover some of my hidden talents?

A: Trying new things is key; so is unveiling hidden talents. How will you know if you are good at something if you have never even tried it? Do not be afraid to broaden your horizons or branch out into new territory; it can be very exciting! Whether you are in the midst of high school or an incoming college freshman, I recommend taking as many different electives as you can and joining all the clubs and sports available to you in school. Look for activities outside of the academic realm as well.

As someone who is also on a journey to discover what I am truly good at, I can attest to the fact that it will take some time. Like most things, it will most likely take months or maybe years, so do not expect to become a prodigy with your first piano lesson or soccer practice. This can be a great experience, though, as you are learning more and more about yourself with each practice or class you attend.

Try not to get discouraged if the first few things you have tried do not exactly go your way. It is very easy to feel like there is nothing out there you strive in, but God has deposited within every person special talents; it just may take more time to unearth them for some more than others. Practice really does make perfect, so stick with it! Most importantly, have as much fun as you possibly can. You will not be the best at everything you do, but if you give it all of your effort and pay no mind to others, you will surely enjoy yourself.

Here are some class ideas for future reference: Pottery, Sewing, Gymnastics, Journalism classes, Karate, Cooking classes, Learning languages, Dance, Photography, Web design, Etc.

It may be a long and even disheartening journey, but you will find what it is that you are good at and that will be so rewarding. Don’t give up!

Best, Becca

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