Turning Your Talents & Passions into Success

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By Deb Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

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Do you want to be a success? Of course your answer is a resounding YES!

The more difficult question to contemplate might be: how do you define and measure your success?

Is it having a specific amount of money?
Being a certain weight?
Traveling around the world?
Receiving recognition and accolades at work?
Experiencing a rewarding relationship with your partner, spouse or children?
Is it an emotional feeling of peaceful well-being?

You can’t turn your talents and passions into success, if you don’t have a clear definition of what success is for you.


Write down your personal definition of success below.


The next part of the equation is identifying your talents and passions. You may have a talent which you are not passionate about using, and a passion for something you are not talented to manifest, and you may have some talents and passions which directly overlap. For example, you may be passionate about drawing, but you might not be particularly talented at it. You might be very talented at singing, but not particularly passionate about it. You could be a talented teacher and also very passionate about teaching.

Take a moment to write three things you are talented at, and three things you are passionate about.

Talents                                                                    Passions

1.                                                                                  1.

2.                                                                                  2.

3.                                                                                  3.

A recent study by Dr. Martin Seligman suggested happiness can be broken down into three separate and measurable categories.

A) The Pleasant Life
Having as much positive emotion and as little negative emotion as possible.

B) The Engaged Life
Being completely absorbed by the challenges you face at work, love, play, etc.

C) The Meaningful Life
Knowing what your highest strengths are and using them to belong to and serve something that is bigger than you are.

Combining your talents with your passions in the context of what gives you positive emotions, and powerfully absorbs you in a meaningful way, will inevitably give you true success in being your most authentic self.

 Fit Your Talents & Passions Together for Success


One of the best ways to achieve something you want is to find a good mentor. Who can you think of who has already accomplished what you want? What did they do to get it? Who do they associate with? What types of activities and hobbies do they engage in? What types of people do they associate with? What books do they read? What associations do they belong to? What are their daily habits like? These are just some of the questions you can ask.

Name 2 people you admire who already have what you want.



The Texas Medical Association identified 8 characteristics of happy people.

8 Characteristics of Happy People…They…

· devote a great amount of time to family and friends

· are comfortable expressing gratitude

· are the first to offer a helping hand

· express optimism when imagining their futures

· savor life’s pleasures and live in the moment

· make physical activity a daily habit

· are deeply committed to lifelong goals

· show poise and strength in coping with crises

Do you notice a trend, that happiness is developed by nurturing your talents and passions, which ultimately leads to personal success?

Doing what you were designed to successfully accomplish will give you more energy, not less. You will be better at making decisions, leading others, and more resilient in adversity. Your health and immune system will be stronger, and you will enjoy a more satisfying life.

Another psychological study by Chris Peterson indicates truly successful and satisfied people tend to have the following 6 virtues in their character:

· Wisdom

· Courage

· Humility

· Justice

· Temperance

· Transcendence

Which one of these do you identify with most powerfully? Which one of these do you admire in other people? Which ones do you want to experience more frequently?

Once you have clearly defined what success is for you; understanding what talents you have and what sets your heart on fire with passion, you are able to deliberately feed your soul in each area. Ideally, you will be activating one or more of the virtues listed above to reinforce your overall success.

So how can you strategies for success?

Implementing the following three elements into your action plan will result in success:

1. Focus on learning new skills to reinforce your talents and passions.

2. Consistently cultivate what you already do well and enjoy.

3. Eliminate unnecessary stressors which are not a priority to your value system.

You can’t do it alone, and you weren’t meant to! We all learn, grow, and succeed with the help of others. Surrounding yourself with people who inspire your soul to free your talents and passions will carry you with momentum not possible on your own power.

We are here to support your success with tips and tools you can use and trust.  Keep  going and growing to be your best!

Love and Blessings,

Deb Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino


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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

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    Wonderful post, Deb!! I have tried to identify all of my talents and passions and have started my second career as a voice actor! My latest project: http://vimeo.com/87051778. I am truly happy and love it!! (I love the 8 characteristics of happy people you mentioned!) As I grow through life, I also realize how important it is to surround myself with people who inspire my soul. Thank you for YOUR inspiration!

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