According to Jordan, everyone is born with innate potential for a unique set of capacities, skills, and abilities. “Unfortunately, very often this potential is left undeveloped, as people seek to build their lives and especially their careers on capacities and skills that are outside their innate potentials,”
And the reason’s why are easy to understand. Jordan says it is difficult for people to recognize the value of those things that they do easily and well. “If something we have accomplished was difficult and required hard work we readily accept congratulations,”
“Because our natural skills are more easily developed and more fundamentally satisfying than acquired skills we have a tendency to take them for granted. We figure that if they are easy for us to do then they can’t be worth much, and we dismiss them with a flippant, ‘Oh, I’ve always been able to do that, it’s no big deal.’ Instead of letting this attitude alert us to the presence of one of our natural skills, something that is uniquely ours, we push it aside in our pursuit of acquired skills. It is exactly this attitude that messes with the mind and prevents us from becoming all we can.”
Jordan says that by placing a focus in life and career on acquired skills, many people are left feeling exhausted physically, psychologically, and emotionally and clearly unhappy. “Discover, develop, and use your natural strengths to build a life and career of meaning and fulfillment.”
More information about Dr. Jordan and additional tools and resources on discovering the importance of natural skills and talents are available at www.yourtalentadvantage.com.
Gary Jordan, Ph.D., has over 27 years of experience in clinical psychology, behavioral assessment, individual development, and coaching. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – Berkeley. He’s the co-founder of Vega Behavioral Consulting, Ltd., a consulting firm that specializes in helping people discover their true skills and talents. www.aciforcoaches.com.
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Gary Jordan, Ph.D., has over 27 years of experience in clinical psychology, behavioral assessment, individual development, and coaching. Co-founder of Vega Behavioral Consulting, Ltd. www.aciforcoaches.com.