STRONGER TOGETHER: Recognising the value of 'zero talent' skills

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Last updated: 20/07/2022

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya discusses the importance of our effort.

By IMPACT Community Services Managing Director Tanya O'Shea

Human effort is a valued resource, and it is something that we as individuals have and can apply within the workforce and our daily lives.

Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services Managing Director
Tanya OShea IMPACT Community Services Managing Director

While effort may be sometimes overlooked when we think of ourselves, it’s an important factor to understand.  

Recognising what we put our effort into, what requires effort, when we are willing to apply it and what we can stand to gain from it – can be informed by what we value in life.

It could be argued that our effort is one of those ‘zero talent’ skills that we look for in people.  People who understand the level of effort required to get the outcome that they want and then commit to making it happen.

Other examples of ‘zero talent’ skills include being punctual, having a positive attitude, using good body language, being coachable, being prepared, and having a strong work ethic - all desirable traits that are in reach for all of us.

Yet, these freely available and accessible skills are missing in some. That willingness to tap into skills that demonstrate grit, tenacity and belief in themselves, and their capabilities potentially eroded by disappointment, hardship or continual reinforcement from others or their own negative self that they are not worthy or good enough.

My hope is that reading this reminds you that you don’t need a university degree, years of work experience or someone’s permission to shine a light on your talent. Talents that demonstrate to yourself and others that you have everything that you need to take charge and be a success in your own life.

To get started, take some time today to do your own self-assessment against these ‘zero talent’ values and what qualities you recognise and identify with.

Every one of us can improve in these areas, yet those who succeed have the humility to recognise the change that they seek, commit to practicing these skills and learning from others. 

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants” — Isaac Newton.

Who do you know that can help you to improve on these skills?

What can you do today to make change happen?

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