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Find a Job that Fits You in Japan (2): Find Your Talents

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Let’s Discover Your Talents To Find Your Suitable Job

Have you read the previous article, “Find a job that fits you in Japan (1): Find Your Values“? If not, please read it first to find your values. As we discussed in that article, to find a job that truly suits you, it must satisfy three elements: values, talent, and passion. In this article, I would like to talk about “talent.” Some people may say, “I have no talent.” But everyone has talents. You can replace it with “what I am good at.” Of course, you don’t have to be better than anyone else. This is not a competition. It is an exercise to look at yourself.

30 Questions to Find Your Talents

Now ask yourself the following questions. However, there is a caveat. Talents are things that you seem to do unconsciously, or, to put it simply, they are habitual. Also, forget about your weaknesses. Develop your strengths. Talent is also closely related to fulfillment. What is it that you do that gives you a sense of fulfillment?

  1. What have you been good at since you were a child? What were you good at in the past? Please write down specific episodes from your elementary school days. What do you know from these episodes that you are good at?
  2. What do you do well without being conscious of it? Please be specific.
  3. Please look back on a time in your life when you were passionate about what you were doing. What were you doing during those times?
  4. Have you ever been thanked by the people around you? Please be specific. What do you know about your strengths?
  5. Ask someone you know well, “What do you think is my weakness?” I know it will hurt your ears. On the other hand, what are your strengths?
  6. What is your biggest setback/regret? You feel like your biggest setbacks/regrets are the things you put a lot of effort into. What do you know you are good at?
  7. What do you like about yourself? What you like about yourself is often related to what you are good at.
  8. What are the things you are not good at? Looking at it from the other side, what are you good at?
  9. What do you feel you are lacking? When do you feel this? Looking at it from the other side, what are you good at?
  10. What are the things in your life that you can do effortlessly and without any difficulty at all? What you can do naturally is what you are good at.
  11. What have you ever thought to people around you, “Why can’t they do this?” That’s what you are good at. 
  12. Describe a compliment someone has ever given you. When were they given? What do they reveal about your strengths?
  13. What kind of personality would people say you have? What do they say you are good at? What do they tell you you are good at?
  14. What complexes or problems have you had for a long time? The opposite might be your strength.
  15. What kind of work do you like to do? Please be specific. People can become absorbed when they are doing something they are good at.
  16. When do you feel excitement in your heart? Please be specific. People feel excited when they are doing something they are good at.
  17. What do you do on your days off? What you do naturally is what you are good at.
  18. What do your parents or teachers often remind you of? What people pay attention to is what makes you stand out from the crowd. What do you know you are good at?
  19. What is the one job you would never want to do? You can find out what your weak points and strong points are.
  20. What is something you can do for a long time and not be bothered by it? 
  21. When do you feel that you are yourself? When you are doing something you are good at, you feel that you are yourself.
  22. What is the happiest day you have had recently? You feel fulfilled when you are doing what you are good at.
  23. Do people ever say “____” to you when you are with them? That is the energy you unconsciously give to others. What comes out unconsciously is what you are good at.
  24. Have you ever been praised by others for something you didn’t put much effort into?
  25. What are the things you do on your own without even being aware of it?
  26. Look back at your motivational graph. What have you been doing unconsciously your whole life? What does this tell you about your strengths?
  27. What do you seem to be able to do faster or better than others? What does this tell you about your strengths?
  28. What types of work do you feel you are most productive at? What does this tell you about your strengths?
  29. What are you comfortable doing? What does this tell you about your strengths?
  30. What projects, jobs, or activities have you done that you never get tired of doing? Please list 10 without raising the bar too high. (You can be as specific as “I don’t always read books, but I was able to read ________ books with interest.)

100 Specific Examples of One’s Talents

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What is your skills and talents?

Did you answer the 30 questions above? You don’t have to answer all of them, but I hope you now have some idea of what your talent is. Your talent is what you are good at, what you can do easily, and what comes naturally to you without practice. What specific talents do you have? Below is a list of 100 specific talents, from which you choose about TOP 15 that you consider to be your talents.

  1. Flexibility: Good at dealing with sudden problems. Conversely, you get bored with predictability and the same old thing.
  2. Learn new things: Learn new skills as you go along. Conversely, if you don’t have an output in mind, you’ll just learn and be done with it.
  3. Believe in your own potential: You are willing to try new things. Conversely, you will be thought of as self-important.
  4. Get to know a lot of people: Build a wide network. Conversely, you can’t say no to requests from others.
  5. Do things in a more efficient way: Be flexible and efficient in your approach. On the other hand, if you don’t change, you get bored.
  6. Improvement: Compensate for missing skills and knowledge. Conversely, you get tired of trying to change their unchangeable personalities.
  7. Want to play to your strengths: Use your strengths to achieve great results. Conversely, you will not do anything you are not interested in or not good at.
  8. Believes in people’s potential: You are tenacious in supporting others. Conversely, you let people work hard in places they are not suited for.
  9. Observe and tell people’s growth: You can notice and communicate small growths. Conversely, you neglect yourself.
  10. Solving problems: I can identify the root causes of problems and solve them. Conversely, if there is no problem to solve, you are at a loss.
  11. Start something new: Start doing new things all the time. Conversely, you make mistakes you don’t need to make.
  12. Decide your own path: You act spontaneously. Conversely, you don’t listen to others.
  13. Elicits emotions from others: Good at listening. Conversely, you are pulled by negativity.
  14. Sensitivity to emotions: You have a high level of empathy. Conversely, you assume that others around you understand their pain as much as you do.
  15. Aware of individuality: Values diversity. Conversely, you dislike generalized rules.
  16. Prefer close relationships: You build deep one-on-one relationships and treat your coworkers as if they were family. Conversely, you are favoritism toward those who are close to you.
  17. Gentleness: You are the hub that holds the group together. Conversely, you are not good at delivering harsh words.
  18. Gathering information: Good at research. Conversely, if you are not conscious of your output, you will continue to input.
  19. Wide range of curiosity: Has knowledge in a wide range of fields. Conversely, if you don’t have a specialty, your knowledge will be shallow.
  20. Finding the best path forward: Consider all possibilities and find the best route to get things done. Conversely, you intuitively see the route to your goal, so you assume that everyone around you is the same.
  21. Think abstractly: Good at coming up with ideas. Conversely, you are often told that you don’t know what you are talking about.
  22. Finding commonalities in unrelated events: Good at creating and creative thinking. On the contrary, you are unrealistic.
  23. Curious: Likes new things. Conversely, you tend to get bored.
  24. Try to be as productive as possible: You do not waste time. Conversely, you are workaholics.
  25. Push others: Involve others to take action. Conversely, people around you get tired of your speed.
  26. Wanting to be noticed: You will show your strength in a place where you will be noticed. Conversely, you are not good at collaboration.
  27. Comfortable: Provide a sense of security. Conversely, you do not appear motivated and may be mistaken for unmotivated.
  28. Learn the latest: Learn the latest knowledge. Conversely, you will get bored once you have a certain level of knowledge.
  29. Finding multiple paths:  Come up with multiple ways to do things, and you are persistent in not giving up on possibilities until you get results. Conversely, you do not want to do things the same conventional way.
  30. Logical: You make logical decisions. Conversely, you are skeptical and look cold by questioning “why?”
  31. Unapologetic: You don’t open yourself up to others, but you get them to talk. On the contrary, it takes time to disclose oneself.
  32. Enlivening: You are good at motivating others. Conversely, you may be seen as someone who doesn’t think things through.
  33. Value the present moment: Flexible and adaptable to situations. Conversely, you are not good at planning and are easily swayed by daily events.
  34. Motivator: You bring a sense of unity to the group. Conversely, clashes with people who are discriminating.
  35. Objective: You handle emotional issues calmly and fairly. Conversely, ignore emotions.
  36. Conductor of many parts: You can manage large events. Conversely, you do not like routine work.
  37. Easy-going: You make what needs to be done a habit. Conversely, you do not like a change.
  38. Create rules of equality: Create rules that everyone can agree on. Conversely, you cannot tolerate exceptions.
  39. Vitality: Energize the team. Conversely, you demand the same productivity from those around you.
  40. Power of words: You can move people with your words. Conversely, you can make things up.
  41. Confidently take charge: Lead the team. Conversely, you can’t rely on others.
  42. Pragmatic: You move things forward in a pragmatic way. Conversely, you are not good at coming up with ideas.
  43. Always hopeful: Lead others to a better future. Conversely, not communicating well with others due to lack of explanation.
  44. Ask questions of self and others: Ass questions of others and makes them think. Conversely, while you are thinking, you are not aware of your surroundings and appear indifferent.
  45. Orderliness: Increase productivity by structuring your work. Conversely, it is difficult to respond to sudden changes.
  46. Treat people equally: Give a sense of fairness. Conversely, you cannot tolerate favoritism.
  47. Cautiousness: Make risk-free decisions after careful consideration. Conversely, if you don’t have a basis for judgment, you will continue to worry.
  48. Careful planning: Do not make mistakes. Conversely, work slowly.
  49. Only do what will help you achieve your goals: Work with a clear order of priorities. Conversely, dismiss as useless things that do not help you achieve your goals (relationships with others, other pleasures, etc.).
  50. Observe people: Pay close attention to each individual. Conversely, you will be too busy tailoring your response to each person.
  51. Planning: Make sure things are done according to a plan. Conversely, you get frustrated when plans go awry.
  52. Responsible: You are trusted by those around you. Conversely, you cannot say no to requests from others.
  53. Keep your word: You always keep your promises to others. Conversely, you are demanding of those around you.
  54. Communicative: You are good at inspiring others. Conversely, you try to control others.
  55. Involve others by setting goals: Leadership. Conversely, it causes unnecessary conflicts.
  56. Achieve the goal: You move in a straight line toward the goal. Conversely, you are unmotivated unless you have a goal in mind.
  57. Winning: Rivals make you burn. Conversely, if you don’t think you can win, you give up.
  58. To be appreciated: You want to be appreciated. Conversely, if you feel unappreciated, you lose motivation.
  59. Finding consensus and moving forward: You are good at adjusting and mediating problems. Conversely, sacrifice personal feelings to avoid creating frictions even when you disagree.
  60. Focus on the good: You may feel down, but you will recover after a day’s sleep. Conversely, look away from the bad things and problems.
  61. Make use of the information you gather: Provide information quickly when others need it. Conversely, if you are not organized, you will not be able to use the information and it will be a waste.
  62. Like to think: Think deeply about things from various angles to come up with essential answers. Conversely, thinking takes time and slow you down.
  63. Do as much as possible: Finish more and more tasks. Conversely, you are always in a hurry because you cannot look back on what you have done.
  64. Assertive: You are good at controlling others. Conversely, you are perceived as overbearing.
  65. Take the initiative: You give good directions and steer the situation well. Conversely, you do not like to be told what to do.
  66. Strong sense of camaraderie: You feel empowered when you are working with people you get along with. Conversely, you do not work well in a formal workplace.
  67. Strong sense of ethics: I act for the good of the world and others. Conversely, you are not motivated by work you do not agree with.
  68. Dedicated: You do not work for money and are trusted by others. Conversely, you sacrifice yourself.
  69. Role oriented: You do your part and get it done. Conversely, if your role is unclear, you don’t know what to do.
  70. Action-oriented: Learn from your actions. Conversely, you act before you think.
  71. Want to be No. 1: If you want to win and be No. 1, you work hard. Conversely, you are so focused on winning that you lose sight of your purpose.
  72. Use words skillfully: Use metaphors to attract people to your story. Conversely, if you don’t have substance, you will come across as shallow.
  73. Never be satisfied with the status quo: Stick to the details and refine them. Conversely, you will not be able to move forward because you are concerned about the details.
  74. Want to be important: You will be more effective in an environment where you can be recognized. Conversely, if you are not treated as important, you lose motivation.
  75. Connecting: Helping people connect with each other. Conversely, those who value deep relationships will see you as superficial and shallow.
  76. Thinking from others’ point of view: Good at helping. Conversely, people who value deep relationships see you as superficial and shallow.
  77. Build relationships slowly: Sincere and trustworthy. Conversely, need to take time to build relationships on a one-on-one basis.
  78. Adapt to the environment: Adapt to the organization. Conversely, you are driven by the demands of others.
  79. Finding the problem: Do not look away from the problem. Conversely, you are too negative.
  80. Seeing the path toward the goal: Correcting those who stray from the path. Conversely, you overlook discoveries that are outside of your goals.
  81. Want to be evaluated based on clear criteria: You are more successful when there are tangible results, such as numbers. Conversely, you lose sight of the objective by obsessing over numbers.
  82. Aiming for high ideals: Strive to achieve your ideals. Conversely, you lose confidence when the gap between your ideal and yourself becomes too large.
  83. To be liked by others: To get to know new people. Conversely, fear of being disliked.
  84. Intuitively find relevance: Appreciate the things you take for granted. Conversely, have difficulty explaining connections to others.
  85. Feeling connected to the world: You are powerful when you are part of something bigger than yourself. Conversely, you are perceived as eccentric, spiritual, and disconnected from reality.
  86. Supportive of others’ growth: You focus on what you can do. Conversely, you can be nosy.
  87. Avoid confrontation: Good at making decisions through discussion. Conversely, you are considered to be opinionated.
  88. Expanding the group circle: Encourage teamwork by giving everyone a role and a place to belong. Conversely, you don’t like to be left out.
  89. Positive: Always lively. Conversely, you are not good at precision work.
  90. Looking back: Replicate successful patterns from the past. Conversely, you are tied to the past.
  91. Looking back to the origin: Never lose sight of the purpose. Conversely, if you don’t know the origin due to lack of information, you can’t make a move.
  92. Thinking in a structured manner: To communicate to others in a systematic manner. Conversely, you cannot move just by thinking.
  93. Think carefully: Explain things in a way that is easy to understand and organize. Conversely, if you don’t think clearly, you can’t explain well.
  94. Like facts: Good at analyzing information. Conversely, overanalyzing gets you stuck.
  95. Gains energy from vision: Motivate the team by talking about the vision. Conversely, if you don’t execute your vision, you will be seen as delusional and your ideas will be devalued.
  96. Create a productive combination: Good placement of human resources. Conversely, it confuses those around you.
  97. Follow the rules: Work precisely according to the rules. Conversely, if the rules are not set, you get confused.
  98. Consistency: When the direction of the organization wavers, you correct the course to the original path. Conversely, you can be stubborn.
  99. Aware of people’s strengths: Able to put the right person in the right job for each person. Conversely, too much importance is placed on the individual at the expense of the progress of the group as a whole.
  100. Imagine the future: Acting backward from the future. Conversely, ignore feasibility.

Have you somehow found your talents, maybe 15 of them? Now let’s look at the last of the three elements, passion. Please take a look at this article: “Find a Job that Fits You in Japan (3): Find Your Passions”.

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