Achievement

3 Key Questions That Will Help You Identify Your Gift

A gift is not talent.

Everyone has a gift, but not every person recognizes what his or her gift is. Being able to identify it is the key to fulfilling the unique purpose of your life.

However, don’t confuse a gift with talent. Anyone can learn a talent, but a gift is something you’re born with.

Think of it this way: can any person take singing lessons to improve her voice? Yes, she can develop a singing talent. But can anyone sing like Whitney Houston? No. Whitney’s voice was her gift, and no one else (no matter how many lessons they take and how dedicated they are to furthering their talent) will sing quite like her.



If you’re not sure what your gift is, ask yourself these three questions:

• What can I do that I’m best at, with little effort on my part?

• What is the one thing that other people associate with me?

• I’ve listened to others connect this gift with me, so how have I used it?

Write down your answers and think about what you find. When you identify your gift, you now have the opportunity to live your richest life. The success you experience will be connected to that gift, but you have to figure out the most valuable way to use it.

Find yourself and reflect.

If your gift is writing, how can you use it in the most valuable way? Your way might not be in writing fiction—it could be motivational writing instead. Or, if your gift is listening, think of all the ways you could use it to benefit the most people.

To live your most fulfilling life, identify your gift by asking yourself the questions above.

What did you find?



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  1. I Love your motivational speeches, your book jump inspired me. When you said take the jump if your not happy where you are in life. “When you take the jump the parachute may not open the first time but eventually it will.” I released my first book 3/2018 and just completed my second 9/2018. I decided to write my life’s story in a three part series. It is titled H.I.V. it could have been me! Thanks for all of your encouragement, and sharing your life challenges. God Bless you and your family. With God all things are possible…

  2. It is my belief that my gift is helping others. I havr always wanted to “fix” other people’s problems no matter how big or small. Having travelled the “neglected paths” makes it easier to relate to the struggles of EVERY DAY PEOPLE. Being in a position where it’s possible for me listen and to help others is my life’s goal. The fact that we ALL are connected, by “6 degrees” makes it IMPERATIVE that WE join in each other’s common goals to heal OUR PEOPLE.

  3. My gift is encouraging people it comes naturally . I will love to do a class in motivational speaking

  4. I’m good at caring for people

  5. I am a 73 year old mother,grandmother and great grandmother my gift is nursing and teaching. I have be a licensed praticial/vocational nurse for 34 years. I taught a nursing assistant course for 10 years. In the home health agency I worked for 19 years I thought many nurses. When I see some of the people I taught, they tell me how much they learned from me. Would love to be on the Steve Harvey Show before God says your work is done, now come into your eternal home trade in your cross for a crown. Love you and your family.

  6. Having a good relationship with animals they love and I give love my Farrell cats trust me they let me pick them up even though they gave out away from people and they let me comb them they follow me when I walk up and down the street I just seem to have a connection with animals and people say that I am funny I think the best gift God gave me is love

  7. Greetings Mr Harvey.
    I must say your book “Jump” has been a great read and played a big role in my decision to move away from home and to follow my dream/passion as an actor yet I am a qualified Public Relations Officer.

    My talent is being an actor and my gift is giving my time to volunteer at my friend’s Non-Profit Organization that works with orphans through a creative programme (Doodling) Art Therapy. Telling good news stories about their lives.

    Thank you for being an inspiration and continue being one. Stay blessed!

    A South African fan
    Renaldo Abdul

  8. …but what do I do if I can’t come up with an answer? Does that mean I’m not just Talentless but I wasn’t given any gifts…? I’m really scared now

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