Since I am in Greece, I had the opportunity to interact with people from here. Beyond the common facts of life, I spoke with some people about ZENLA Project. When they had a general idea about the Project, the question they asked was:
How do I find out what are my native skills, aka my talents?
Since this question occurred on the Romanian market more often lately, we belive that starting an online discussion with all interested people will add great benefits to all online and offline community.
I already had some (long…) discussions with Monica and we are working to make things as simple as possible (see KISS rule).
It is obvious for us that the question above arises due to common perception that identifying a talent, requires a long time, a sophisticated technology and experts.
Well, we belive that this method of identifying and supporting talents, usually called scientific, only looks good, but in fact, is mostly a failure.
Only one argument to backup this statement: How many people can afford paying the repeated sequence of scientific tests that are required to identify and clearly distinguish the native talent, among other latent skills of a person? Those skills might be developped up to a certain level, so a further research is usually required to distinguish where best results can be obtained.
And here we are in front of a dilema: How can we be sure that the method points to the correct direction?
After 51 years of life, the only reliable method I know, is simply called TRIAL AND ERROR.
But in this case, we are back to where we started, only that we spent a lot of money trying to find out what those talents might be.
After studying the methods usually used to determine the native skills, which mostly consist in psychological tests, I realised that about 90% of the tests I studied, lead to nowhere. Why? Simply because they are tests with predefined answers. In more than 60% of the tests, the answers were way out of the range of my choices. So, under such circumstances, the only choice left, was to choose the closest match. But in this case, the answer is already distorted, since I know all of the answers provided reflect a different choice than my REAL CHOICE. From the rest of 40%, most of the answers, were pretty close, but still OUT OF RANGE.
So, honestly, I questioned myself, what is the relevance of such a boring and time consuming series of tests? Just to find if I can be classified more or less in the average category?
This is where I started the quest for a reliable, affordable and practical solution.
Basically, this solution consists of finding answers to the following questions:
1. What did I do until now? This question leads to a list of actions and activities. The list grows in time, as we evolve and gain more life experience.
2. What’s that I really enjoyed from all those actions/activities? This answer leads us to narrowing the primary list, to the items that we really enjoyed to do. And here we have the first clue, or the catch, if I might say so. This is the direction we have to dig further for information.
3. How much time did I spent doing the things I like? This is an extremely important answer, since the way we spent our time and, to be very specific, the amount of spent time with each activity, connected to the inner satisfaction we get from doing that activity, comes the valuable information regarding the talents. I will detail this further, in the next article.
4. What brought me the most money from all I did? Obviously, this question in fact adresses the efficiency of that action or activity. This is why the form of the question has to be changed, according to the age of the person that aims to find out her/his talents.
5. What is the best gain from all these actions/activities? This answer primarily means computing the value expressed in currency (money), obtained per hour. And this is because the most important resource spent in doing everything we do, IS THE TIME. After computing those figures, we can sort the list, according to the best results we obtained.
So, actually, we are aiming to establish a meaningful relation among some extremely important elements:
(A) The amount time spent doing something;
(B) The amount of satisfation, of feeling happy, we got doing certain things;
(C) The amount of recognition we gathered, throwing on the market our products and services, which are the results of the finalised actions/activities.