Are you Talented Without Accomplishments?

Which is more important to you: to have many talents without achievements? Or to use your talents to accomplish achievements? To answer this question, you need to about the talents you have and if have you used them in your life to accomplish anything. If you have, then ask yourself another question, are you proud that you were able to use them, or do you regret it?

Everyone has individual talents, whether is it scholarly, artistic, comedic, or athletic. But what they do with their talents are what creates achievements. If you never achieve anything with your talents by not utilizing or showcasing them, then you will never achieve your greatest potential. For this reason, parents, teachers, and employers should reward achievements rather than talents. Because how talented can you really consider yourself if you don’t have accomplishments to show for it.

Parents love to praise their children. If you ever had to do chores at home, you were appreciated for your help and work that you did around the house. That appreciation could turn into a reward: buying you something, taking you somewhere, or a simple thank you. No matter the reward, you would have accomplished something that was noticed more so than if you never helped out, mainly by using your talents that your parents saw you had. For example, if you know you have a talent of being a good cook or baker, your parents would have appreciated it if you made dinner for them or helped to prepare meals while you were living at home, so it takes some of the time and work off of them.

With teachers, they aren’t only able to grade you based on knowing you and knowing that you have the talent to know the material. They need to grade you on the accomplishments you achieved by showcasing your talents with homework, tests, projects, etc. A teacher may be appreciative when they have a talented student that is talented in math, science, or art, and they might even give you some reward for that within your grade, but they can’t fully reward a student unless they put in the time to accomplish work that can be graded and rewarded for a job well done. Pat Hensley, a retired teacher, explains how important school is and the relationship between giving a student their grade and teaching the skills of accomplishment by giving grades. “I really think we need to look at grading and determine why we need the grade and what does the grade show…All of this is necessary for our students to be successful in the classroom as well as the real world.” (Why Do We Give Grades, Pat Hensley)

Employers who look for employees to hire look at resumes to get an idea of the different applicants they want to hire to complement with their company. On your resume, you can say that you have the best talents that would match to what the company is looking for, but if you don’t have anything to show for those talents, then you may easily be overlooked. “Undoubtedly the most successful and effective way to communicate your strengths to a potential employer is through your accomplishments.” (America’s Job Exchange) Then, once hired and you want to cultivate in the company, if you don’t use your talents to their best abilities, being rewarded by advancing to a higher position in the company may never happen for you because you aren’t using the skills and talents you have, which is what the company hired you on.

So again, ask yourself if you know what your strongest talents are, and if you think you should use them to accomplish great things. If you agree that you want to use your talents to achieve accomplishments, then that means parents, teachers, and employers should reward achievements rather than talents. But if you disagree, then you want your talents to be rewarded simply because you have them, that is okay, but it won’t be as appreciated or noticed by others as you’d hope they would be since you aren’t sing your strongest qualities to showcase what you can achieve.

AJE Recruiting Specialist “Things Employers Want to See on Your Resume” America’s Job Exchange, Date Accessed: April 3, 2017
Pat Hensley “Why Do We Give Grades?” Date Accessed: April 3, 2017

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