Discovering your natural talents and abilities in today’s economy is not only critical, it’s cool to be a “natural” at what you do.
Today, doing what you’re best at is less a luxury and more of a necessity. It’s tougher than ever to launch a career or land a new job if you haven’t found your talent sweet spot. It’s also clear that college credentials carry less of an advantage. Lots of highly educated professionals have degrees that don’t suit them. Gallup polls consistently find that professionals want more engagement, but your boss can’t help you if you don’t know what you’re innately cut out for. Although no one wants to feel like Milton, the “where’s my red stapler” guy in the classic movie “Office Space” who’s pretending to like his job, many unintentionally end up in this situation.
In response, the best and coolest companies have adapted their hiring tools. They’re looking beyond college brands, résumés and experience to see the real you. To find the right people they are now using natural ability tests and Big Data to screen for those with specific innate talents or a natural “knack” for the job. To even get your foot in the door, you have to be authentic and walk the talk. Average is over. The right doors will open once you close the gap between the “work me” and the “real me”—work-life integration is much sweeter than work-life balance compromises.
Getting in the “zone” to do great work flows naturally when you combine your strengths with clear direction and geniune commitment. The game is changing—if you’re a natural and care about what you do, you’ll be in demand for premium career paths in your field of choice.