Thursday, January 17, 2008

Reading: Broadley's Your Natural Gifts

Broadley's Your Natural Gifts: How to recognise and develop them for success and self-fulfillment is the latest book that I have read.

Reading this book makes me wonder what my aptitudes are actually. The examples that were found in this book provide illustrations of how understanding our aptitudes and finding ourselves the work that we do best can enable each of us to have a fuller and more meaningful life.

I am very much attracted to the idea of finding out what my natural gifts would be, for I think it may help me find ways to be the best of myself. I don't seek to be the best in the world, but at the very least, I hope that I can excel in being the best of myself. A sense of unfulfilment seems strike me whenever I feel that I am not heading towards the goal of being the best of myself. I realised that such a sense of unfulfilment is one main source of discontent and frustration for me.

The book was such an interesting read for me that I had managed to finish reading it in three days despite being awfully busy this week. Perhaps the only thing lacking in this book is that I still could not fully determine my natural gifts, although I do have some clues of a few of my natural aptitudes. For example, I am more likely to have a subjective personality than an objective personality.

Anyway, I understand that the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation provides an aptitude testing program to help individuals discover their natural potential by identifying personal strengths. After reading the book, I am fairly keen to consider taking the aptitude testing program. However, it appears the testing centres are all located in the U.S., so it would probably take me some time to save enough to travel to U.S. and get myself tested?

Looking back and remembering how I have struggled to decide what education and career paths to take, I secretly wished that I could read this book when I was much younger.

If you were to ask me whom I would recommend this book to, I would probably recommend it to those who are looking for a more satisfying career, or who want some help on what kind of job to look for.


eastcoastlife said...

You could start thinking about what you like to do and want to do. You still have many years ahead of you. You feel joyless when you are doing things that you dislike or are not happy that you are heading nowhere.

You have a great talent. It is the ability to play the double bass beautifully. You still owe me a solo performance. hehe....

oceanskies79 said...

ECL: I have been thinking of the question for a long time. I hope I am nearer the answer.

Yup, a double bass solo, when would you like to listen?