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LA 024: How to find your talent, practice it and achieve greatness

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It was 4.30 on a cold and wet morning and I was choking on the stench of thick layers of years old grease behind the deep fat fryer and I was ecstatically happy as I scrubbed and cleaned the once white tiles back to their original gleaming brightness. It was my first day on my first proper job and I would soon be delegating this filthy work to some other poor sap who similarly wanted to become a chef de cuisine. In the meantime, my job was to scrub, peel, haul, carry, chop, clear and clean it all up again. The head cook (for in the mid 1970's we had few "Chef's" as that was far too French and suggestive of "haute cuisine") had agreed to take me under her wing and teach me how to prepare the only famous dish to come from England and clogged the arteries of its working classes: The Great British Breakfast. Putting talent in perspective

Talent is often misunderstood. Business leaders are obsessed with finding it, keeping it and banking their succession on it. They recruit the top students from the best universities, promote them quickly, reward them lavishly and label them as talent.

Talent is often misunderstood. Business leaders are obsessed with finding it, keeping it and banking their succession on it. They recruit the top students from the best universities, promote them quickly, reward them lavishly and label them as talent. Then there is surprise at the realisation that: More than half the CEO's of Fortune 500 companies averaged a C or C- And more than 50% of the world's millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college Let me clarify, I am not anti-talent. I believe that we should seek our talent and we should put it to work. But talent alone, is not the answer to leadership succession, productivity and a growing economy. Everyone has talent I was 15 years old as I crouched behind that deep fat fryer and about to discover my talent but first I had to serve my time and observe Mrs Brown at her work as closely as possible whilst simultaneously keeping out of the way of her sharp knives and even sharper tongue. Once allowed, I soon mastered the fry-up served with tea and slices of Hovis with thick butter. I was cocky with my demonstrated obvious talent, but was soon cut by Mrs Brown's sharp tongue as she remarked:

"Anyone can cook. It's just that not everyone should."

Her simple wisdom is true in all walks of life: Today, watch any "talent" show on TV and you'll find plenty of contestants who would do well to follow Mrs Brown's advice in their own dream pursuit. Anyone can sing, but not everyone should. So how do you know if you should? It's not simply a case of doing something, it's doing something exceptionally well and enjoying doing it. That's an "and" not an "or". I knew that I thoroughly enjoyed cooking but it takes others to tell you if you do it exceptionally well. When you find out what that is, then you've found your talent. And everyone has something that they do exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoying doing. Develop the talent you have, not the one you want When I ask if you know what your talent is, you may struggle to identify it. You may not be an exceptional musician or artist, actor or even a sports person. These are the types of things we traditionally associate with the word "talent". You may think I'm referring to your job. It could be and I hope that your job does enable you to use your talent, but the chances are that you are unsure, and probably too humble to realise that you really do have talent. But I can assure you that you do. The 10,000 hour rule

The 10000-hour rule is the idea that we have to deliberately practice any activity for at least 10000 hours before we are great at it

Malcolm Gladwell based his 10000 hour rule in his book Outliers on a study by Anders Ericson that it takes 10000 hours of deliberate practice to become great at something. Such 'greatness' is often confused with the "talent" that enables it. For your talent is rarely manifest as something great, usually, your t

Hi. What's better, today you're listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Camwell, and brought to you by yourself incom it's why some leaders thrive and others struggle. Hey, they are welcome. This is John, and this week I'm talking about finding your talent, practicing it and achieving greatness. It was thirty I'm a cold and wet morning and I was choking on the stench thick layers of years old Greece behind the deep fat friar, and I was ecstatically happy as I scrubbed and cleaned the wants white tiles back to their original gleaming likeness. It was my first day on my first proper job and I would soon be delegating this filthy work to some other poor sat...

...who similarly wanted to become a chef to quizie. In the meantime, my job was to scrub whole Carrie, chop clear and clean it all up again. The head Cook for in the mid S, we had a few chefs, as I was far too French and suggestive of OA cuisine, had agreed to take me under her wing and teach me how to prepare the only famous dish to come from England and Claude to the arteries of its working classes the great British breakfast. Yes, I'm talking about talent. Let's put talent in perspective. Talent is often misunderstood. Business leaders are obsessed with it, keeping it, finding it and banking their succession on it. They recruit a top...

...students from the best universities, promote them quickly, reward them lavishly and label them. Then there is a surprise at the realization that more than half the CEO's of fortune five hundred companies averaged a C or a C and more than fifty percent of the world's millionaire entrepreneurs never actually finished college. Let me clarify. I'm not anti talent. I believe that we should seek our Tan and we should put it to work, that talent alone is not the answer to lead a ciship succession, productivity and a growing economy. And I have a fundamental belief everyone has talent. I was fifteen years old, so I crouched behind that defact fry and I was about to discover my talent. But first...

I had to serve my time and observe missus Brown at her work. As closely as possible, whilst simultaneously keeping out of the way of her sharp knives and even sharper tongue. Once allowed, I soon mastered the Friar, served with tea and slices of Ho this with thick butter. I was cocky with my demonstrated obvious talent, but was soon cut by Mrs Browne's sharp tongue. As she remarked, anyone can cook, it's just that not everyone should. Her simple wisdom is true in all work walks of life today. What any talent? Show on TV and you'll find plenty of contestants who would do well to follow missus Brown's advice in their own dream pursuit. Anyone could sing, but not everyone should. So how do you know if you should? It's...

...simply not a case of doing something, it's doing something exceptionally well and enjoying doing it. That's an and not an or. I knew that I thoroughly enjoyed cooking, but it takes others to tell you if you do it exceptionally well. When you find out what that is, then you found your talent. And everyone has something that they do exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoying doing it and it's important that we develop the talent that we have, not necessarily the one you want to when I ask if you know what your talent is, you may dis struggle to identify it. You may not be an exceptional we USIAN or artist, actor or even a sportsperson. These are the types of things we traditionally associate with the word talent. You may think I'm referring to your job. It could be, and I hope that your job does enable...

...you to use your talent, but the chances are that you are unsure and probably too humble to realize that you really do have talent. But I can assure you that you do. And then there's the tenzero hour rule. Malcolm gladwell based his tenzero out rule in his book out wires on a study by Anders Ericson that it takes tenzero hours of deliberate practice to become great at something. Such greatness is often confused with the talent that enables it, for your talent is really manifest as something great. Usually your talent is actually something pretty Monday, well at least to you it's Monday. It's something that you just do, but where do you start on your four year journey to greatness. We alway start with enthusiastic beginnings. Whenever we undertake something new, we start...

...as an enthusiastic beginner. You don't know what you don't know. As you steadily try this new thing, you make mistakes, you correct them and make more mistakes until at last you become competent at this new activity. And then we become a little disillusioned after a while, perhaps two thousand errors of trial and error and practice, you realize that there's more that you don't know than you do know. You're competent in this new activity and know that you don't know all yet. Many, many people give up at this point. This is when discipline and disillusioned crash head on. A rare few let discipline win the battle and deliberately practice through this painful period for another twozeromors. Most people quit and chase another shiny object or simply accept that they will never be masters of this particular game. Then there's being deliberate. If we've continued and learned...

...to practice after another couple thousand there was we know that we know and we are very re deliberate about practice and cautious not to mess up the enthusiams and ways, and frequently get frustrated, knowing that when just just short of perfection. And how much more practice will it take before this is just effortless? Perhaps another four thousands? And then there's greatness for those who persevere and keep on keeping on. There comes a day when you find that greatness has happened. Everything went brilliantly with your new skill, and suddenly you realize that you didn't think about it at all. It just happened. You have practiced long enough and hard enough that now your talent is manifest in this particular skill. You've been doing this for so long now that you've forgotten how you do it.

Will you still make mistakes? Of course you will, but mistakes don't really bother you now. You just do it again and get it right. How you're just doing it so canny shortness, tenzero now rule. Well, there's a recent Meta studied Princeton that refuse it, suggesting that deliberate practice makes a positive performance for its of just twenty six percent in games and a mere one percent in professional activities. But that does not mean you can develop greatness without any practice. It has more to do with the predictability of the activities and thus if they can even be effectively measured. So how much practice do we need? Well, if you work on a natural ability or great strength you already have, then surely you can significantly reduce the time you need to become great at it. But what if your talent has nothing to do with your job? May Not be obvious to you at all, but if you...

...are actually good at your job, I suspect that you're using your talent, or at least a part of the way you do your talent. And if not, then it's about identifying your talent and leveraging this into your desired activity and adding value to your talent. And this is fantastic news about finding your talent within your strengths is that your talent can be leveraged, that is, you can use your talent in another area of your work and life to out value to another area. You can also combine your talent with those of other people to out value to each other. And when you leverage your talent to another area in your life, then then you do something exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoy doing it. When you leverage your talent with those of others. Together you'll create something innovative and powerful and you'll all do it exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoy doing it. Talent is not enough. So a few weeks, a...

...few years begged pardon after my work in the greasy spoon with Mrs Brown. I was privileged to work in the kitchen of one of England's finest and most talented chests. When mentioned his name, because while he was without doubt one of those talented chests in the world, he was also one of the most obnoxious, unpleasant, mean and egotistical gets I've ever had the misfortune to meet. A tiny mistake would bring the war of shame. A second delay could result in a slap and a split holidays could find a knife for flying through the air intent on pinning you to a war. I learned all I could before, like every other susheff before me, and afterwards, quitting and finding a less temperamental and much safer environment and develop my skills. It often seems to be that the greater the talent, the more ego that goes along with...

...it. So we need to be a little different. We want to develop our talent while simultaneously taming our ego, making sure that we maintain a good, respectful and positive attitude, treating others well and listening to others with a keen understanding and empathy. We need to remain teachable and accept that just because we have talent does not make us God's gift to human mind. Remain teachable and courageous and fo the flames of your passion and deliberately doing the right thing, even when it would be easier to take a short cot. The talent is rarely obvious. If you would like to explore this together, I suspect that you'll be in for a surprise. It's not that you don't know your Talue, it's that you probably don't know that you know that is your talent is something unconscious. It's something you just do. Indeed, those words are the ones I most often here as I help people explore their talent. I...

...just do it. It's something that is so ingrained that you have turned a conscious process into an unconscious one, a habit if you prefer, and that habit may seem to have nothing whatsoever to do with the task in hand. Apparently, anyway. You See, my talent is not, as I suspect your thinking, cooking. No, my talent is Algebra. I'll explain more if you sign up and as we progress, but for now it's focus on you and start a journey of selfdiscovery that could well cause you to do everything exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoy doing it. If you would like to find and understand your talent and how you can leverage your Talue and your job or some other part of your life, you can sign up for a special email course have developed to help you find and leverage your talent. I'll guide you on a journey to find your story. It's completely free of charge for advantage for...

IP members. You'll receive a series of emails from me taking you through the steps. You do the work. It's not a laborious work, but it does take some time and effort on your part. There are no instant solutions for you and it's not an assessment. You will be writing about you and your life. You don't need to share your findings with all your writing with me or anyone else, but you can do if you want to and if you're ready to uncover your talent and leverage of them so that you thoroughly enjoy everything you do, do everything well, then drop me a line. Hit Pop, hit reply on the advantage for IP membership. So you're interested in doing this five part course, I'll get you signed up. In a couple of weeks time. I'll have a sign up on the website. Little all be automatic, but for now drop me a line. It's been a privilege. I hope you've enjoyed this episode. I love Forard to hearing from you by F now you've been listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr...

John Kimworthy. If you'd like to find out more, visitors Selscom it's why some leaders thrive and others struggle.

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