Find Your Talent Fingerprint
Each one of us has what I call a talent fingerprint. That’s your utterly unique blend of skills, passions, brains, taste, personal history, inspirations and goals. Your talent fingerprint stamps everything from the minutiae of how you arrange (or don’t arrange) your workspace to the most abstract features of your intelligence. It’s in what you can achieve without even trying, and what you can’t stop trying to achieve. It defines not just the things you decide to do, but also the specific, unmistakable, 1000% YOU way that you do them.
Have you spotted the problem yet? Maybe you got a little glimpse of it when you read that phrase about arranging/not arranging your workspace.
The problem is most of us don’t like how we do things.
Sure, we’re all for having mega skills and driving passions and big brains—and we’re sure we can really lean into using that stuff, just as soon we figure out how not to be so screwed up. As in: once as we stop burying our desk in paper or working at 2 am or leaving things to the last minute or tinkering with details forever or being as slow as fucking molasses.
And because we think that way, we wind up acting against rather than with the grain of our talent fingerprint, in ways both big and small. We beat ourselves up over idiosyncrasies that aren’t actually a problem, and we assume the actual problems get solved by acting more like all those admirable, productive people who do everything we think we’re supposed to. We want to keep all the parts of our talent fingerprint we think are normal and acceptable, and toss out all the stuff we think is holding us back.
But the version of you freed from internal resistance—the version where you stop spinning your wheels and do the work you want to do—is not you with your so-called flaws finally rectified. It’s not a generic, filed-down, perfectly productive person who never stops punching the talent clock.
In fact, it’s the opposite: it’s you with the power and certainty to do things in exactly your way, and no one else’s, especially when it looks a bit batshit. The solution to our talent struggles isn’t becoming more like other people. It’s becoming more ourselves.
In this special, free one-hour workshop, I’m going to show you exactly why this is the case. I’ll teach you how to find your talent fingerprint and why it’s so important to work with it rather than against it. You’ll learn:
What specific components make up your talent fingerprint
The relationship between talent fingerprints and internal resistance
How to use your talent fingerprint to decide what is and isn’t worth changing about the way you work
How to use your talent fingerprint to make decisions about what goals and projects to pursue
Why shame gets wrapped up in our talent fingerprints and what to do about it
Steps you can take after the workshop (with a guide to keep) to refine your own talent-fingerprint analysis
This material has thus far only been available as part of my small group programme, Blazing Talents, and this sneak peak is currently being offered only in these two workshops.
I’ll be holding the same workshop twice, on 13 July and 15 July 2023, at 12 pm NYC/5 pm London. There will be no recordings available, so please try to attend live if you can! (By popular request, I’ve scheduled one of these on a Saturday.)
I'm hosting the exact same workshop twice, to ensure that people have a decent chance of being able to attend live. Fill in this brief form, and you'll receive a zoom invite for time you have selected. You'll also have chance to indicate on the form whether you're interested in volunteering to be coached live.
On the day, I ask that you show up with a piece of paper and some kind of writing implement, in as much of a quiet environment as is available.
When: 13 & 15 July 2023, 12 pm NYC/5 pm London
Investment: 60 minutes of your time
Sign up: Fill in this brief form. Be sure to let me know if you're interested in being coached live on the call!
Answers to frequently asked questions are below. Any others can be sent to email@example.com.
What if I don't want to be coached in front of other people or be on camera?
Coaching is volunteer only! If you're not interested, just don't volunteer. You can keep your camera and mic off the whole time if you'd like.
Is it really free?
It costs 60 minutes of your time, and I will talk for 5 minutes about my small-group programme, Blazing Talents. But there is no monetary charge!
Why is it free?
Because I want to share tools and coaching with people who get something out of my writing but aren't able to work with me as a coach. Because I want the people who can really benefit from it to get a taste of why learning and getting coached in a group is so powerful. And because I love teaching this shit.
Can I attend both times the workshop is held?
Sure, you're welcome to attend both times, though if I coach you I will only do so in one workshop. You will need to book separately for each session.
What if I hate swearing?
I swear on my website and in my writing because I swear in person, and I want to connect with people who are the right fit for my way of working. If you find swearing alienating, I may not be the coach or writer for you. But there are lots of other people out there who don't speak the way I do who can help. Keep looking!
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