Are You Sharing Your Talents During This Covid-19 Crisis?

Eric Paskel
by Eric Paskel
June 29, 2020

Summary: It’s important to honor your talents. You’re special, and you have so much to offer the world.

Share a hidden talent or skill most people don’t know you have.

Geoff shows the way in Costa Rica

Some years ago in Costa Rica, I was on a trip with a group of 35 people. One of the guys, Geoff, was really quiet, a kind of loner. One day I was leading people through some mountainous areas and jungles when it started to rain. I had been taking some twists and turns to kind of disorient people a little bit, for purposes of people just learning to let go and not worry about where they are.

People were complaining. And I had to do some interventions and make everybody silent and pair people up in partners. And as it started to rain harder, I myself got disoriented. I couldn’t see where I was going. And I was getting concerned that I didn’t know how to get us back. So, we just kept going and Geoff came up to the front of the line and said, “I know you don’t know where you’re going. Do you want help?” And I said, “I do.”

It turns out that Geoff was a navigator. He said, “I have this crazy kind of talent where I can remember where we’ve gone, every step I’ve taken.”

So, we stopped, and I put him in charge. Geoff, who hadn’t said anything for six or seven days in a row, started speaking in a voice that I didn’t even recognize. It was demonstrative and gentle and trustworthy. And he took the leadership role in a second and marched us back through this rainforest. Unbelievably, he didn’t miss a step. We got right back there. And everybody celebrated this guy.

Geoff shared something that nobody knew about him. I wouldn’t it was say life-changing, but he saved us from sleeping in the wet forest that night. How he interacted for the rest of the trip with those same people was astounding. But before that moment in the rain, Geoff didn’t think his talent was worthy of sharing.

In fact, if I had known that he had that talent, I would have asked Geoff at the beginning of this outing to set up the whole thing himself to help me with it. He needed to have a voice, and he found it. So whatever it is that you have, let people know that you have it, and you’ll be amazed how one day you may be asked to use it.

How to truly share your talents with the world

I am actually really good at writing rhyming poems to those I love the most. What a gift for me to be able to share my talents with the world!.

Just like it’s a gift for you to share your talents with the world!

It’s important to honor your talents. We have two types of talents: natural talents and developed talents. There are talents you have been born with that you can harness and use and grow. And there are talents that you can create for yourself.

Talents given to you may have been given to you by an unknown source. For instance, the gift of gab. I don’t know where my gift of gab came from. I’m athletic, so I have no idea where my gift of gab could be from. I could say that it came from my parents. But where did my parents get it? So when you receive something like that, you should show appreciation and gratitude to honor that gift.

The talents you create, you will want to honor because you work so hard to create them. It’s hard to do things that you aren’t inclined to do naturally. And even the things you can do naturally, you always have to work to improve yourself on.

When you share your talents, it’s not about you. That’s the whole thing. I see so many different people, and one of the things that we often do in gatherings is we write some poems and similar exercises. I can’t tell you how many times people who have been so shy, so soft-spoken, get up and drop the most incredibly animated, funny, or deep poems. It’s like, wow!

And then they say things like, “I don’t like doing that.” Why don’t you write? Why don’t we know this part of you? “Well, I don’t like it. I’m embarrassed.” It’s not about you. You’re sharing that to serve others. And if you’re self-conscious, if you beat yourself up, if you don’t find value in yourself, then you’re robbing other people of ways that you can serve them, and that’s no good for you or them.

What are the benefits of your hidden talents? It’s about connection and inspiration. It’s about growing and creating more dynamic relationships. It’s about making people feel good. What are some of the things that hold us back from sharing our hidden talents? It’s minimizing ourselves. It’s the inside and the outside. It’s the feedback you give yourself, and it’s the feedback you’re afraid will be given to you, especially if you feel insecure.

Often, people who feel that minimization within themselves are still able to utilize their talents. And then, unfortunately, no matter how much adoration they get, they’re miserable. We see this in celebrities all the time. We see it in musicians, athletes, and actors. And we would say things like, How could you not know you’re great? How could this not make you feel good? How could they be depressed? How could they kill themselves? It’s because their relationship with their talent isn’t necessarily their relationship within, and that’s a shame.

Often we use our talents to present ourselves in a certain way. But we feel phony because it’s not who we are. It’s just a talent, it’s not who we are. We can share our talent externally, but we don’t take in the whole experience. Any little thing that we’ve got that we can share, that could bring a sparkle into someone else’s day – just for that alone, you’ve got to be grateful. Your own talent should never be a burden. It’s a blessing to be shared.

The hope is, that you inspire others to share their talents, and the world will be just a little more joyous and maybe more safe and fun because of you and your hidden talent.

So share away, and make sure you do it for the good of everyone else so you take yourself out of the equation!

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Eric Paskel

by Eric Paskel

As a teenager Eric hit rock bottom and ended up in a drug rehab and came out clean and sober. He eventually moved from his home town of Detroit to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Eric landed a role in the original Baywatch series and was living his dream, or so he believed. Despite his outward success, he remained lonely, unhappy, and unfulfilled. His personal life and his then-professional life hit rock bottom. This prompted him to start taking Yoga classes. Eric’s hunger for wisdom and to become the best version of himself fueled him to go deeper into Yoga and study under some of India’s most respected teachers.