Discovering Your Giftedness
A Step-By-Step Guide
Recruiting a Partner
Now that you’ve come up with a list of Giftedness Stories, you'll need to tell those stories to someone else. Who should that person be?
• Someone you feel comfortable with.
• Someone you trust.
• Someone who knows how to listen.
• Someone who can refrain from commenting and/or taking over the conversation (you’re the one who’s supposed to be talking).
• Someone who can remain neutral and just let you tell your stories.
The truth is, almost anyone will do, as long as they can agree to let you tell your stories. That person might be a friend, coworker, neighbor, minister, youth worker, roommate, or someone else with whom you have enough of a relationship to feel comfortable.
Here’s a script you can use to enlist someone as your partner:
I’ve come across a website for The Giftedness Center. They help people with their life and career directions by first finding out what their giftedness is. On their site they have an exercise for helping me do that. I need a partner to help me go through that exercise, and I’d like you to consider being my partner. That involves listening to me tell some stories, and then going through some exercises with me to find out what those stories show about my giftedness.
It will help if your partner looks over this section of our website so they understand the logic of this process and what their role is. You and your partner can also find out more about giftedness and its implications for life and career directions by reading Bill Hendricks' book, The Person Called YOU: Why You're Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life.