I was listening to the book, Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, and he said that a talent was something that you do repeatedly, successfully and happily. This caught my attention.
I started to think of what I did repeatedly, happily and successfully. I noted that I did not speak or preach happily, repeatedly and always successfully. I have also noticed that I can sit with a man or a couple and encourage or exhort them repeatedly, happily and successfully. I tried to pay more attention to those kind of things verses the things that I thought would give me a sense of significance or recognition. In the book there are 34 major themes. Below are my top 5:
People strong in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
People strong in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.