What are complementary skills

Talents and skills versus skills

Everyone has certain strengths, talents and abilities. They are practically written in our DNA. The expression "he or she is a natural" is no coincidence.

People who have talent in a certain area are almost always more successful AND more satisfied than others who had to painstakingly train themselves the same skill.

That is why it is so important in your private and professional life that you know, promote and use YOUR talents and strengths. Otherwise you are wasting a lot of potential. And that would be a shame.

Most people understand what talents and strengths are. The terms skills and abilities, on the other hand, are often confused.

You can find out exactly what the difference between talents, strengths, abilities and skills is in this article. And if you want to know which personality traits are in you, I'll show you at the end how you can find out with just one click.

What are talents?

Talents are the skills that you have from birth. They are part of your personality. Talent is innate. You can't learn it. It's just there. You either have it or you don't.

One speaks of a talent when someone is exceptionally good at something. Or when something is particularly easy for him, whereas others find it difficult.

Imagine two young men decide to learn to play the piano. Both have the same teacher, practice the same amount and are full of motivation.

After half a year one of them is already playing a classic piece with no mistakes and with a lot of feeling. While the other can only produce a melody that is difficult to recognize.

What is the difference? The innate musical talent, of course.

It is much easier for the talented piano student. He has a better ear for music, better dexterity, better sense of rhythm. Playing the piano is in his blood. The other has to train himself these skills through endless practice.

Talent can come in many forms. Not only artistic talent is a talent. Can listen well, learn languages ​​easily, athletic performance, a strong sense of humor, empathy ... the list of possible talents is long.

Unfortunately, many do not even know their true talents. Because they were never discovered or promoted.

What are professional skills?

Technical skills are certain knowledge and characteristics that we have learned. You can develop it, even if you “actually” have no talent for it.

One skill is discipline. It can be innate (I am inherently disciplined) or trained (I can discipline myself if necessary).

Or learn the subject of languages. We are all capable of learning a language. But not everyone has a talent for it.

Most of them have to laboriously learn and practice the ability to converse in a foreign language. Of course, the talented must do that too. But it is much easier for him. That is a subtle but important difference.

Writing is a skill and a talent. Everyone is naturally capable of this. And everyone can learn the necessary skills. But not everyone has the talent to write. Just because someone is able to string letters together and form words and sentences from them does not mean that they can become a successful writer.

The ability to do something is a prerequisite for acquiring a skill. Talent not.

You can also become a good runner if you don't have the talent. However, you cannot if you are physically unable to do so.

What are skills?

Skills are the knowledge, specialist knowledge, skill and experience that someone has acquired and already used in practice.

A skill is developed through learning, practicing, training and constant repetition. You don't necessarily need talent for that. But it makes a big difference whether you have a talent for a particular job or not.

Let's take two sellers as an example:

One is a natural. He was born with the ability to inspire other people and to convince them of something. He consolidates this innate strength by acquiring additional skills. For example special sales and persuasion techniques.

He does his job with passion and enthusiasm because it is in his nature. He's probably more successful than average.

The second is also a good seller. But not a natural talent. He has worked hard for many years to sell. He also enjoys doing his job. But it is more difficult for him to achieve top performances every day than for the talented one.

A skill acquired through hard work does not replace talent, but it can produce comparable results. With one caveat ... someone who has no talent for a particular cause will probably never achieve true mastery.

What are strengths?

Talents, abilities and skills together result in our strengths, the characteristics of which are very individual. Ideally, all three components are included.

But unlike talents, we can also develop strengths at will. We ourselves have the choice which one we want to acquire. We cannot choose our talents ourselves.

Strengths such as assertiveness, empathy or the ability to work in a team can be innate. But we can also train them. That is the difference.

In this context we must also mention interest and motivation.

Just because someone has the ability to do something and learns the necessary skills to do something does not necessarily mean that it becomes strength. Often we are simply forced to learn and do something that doesn't really interest us.

We find such situations very often in working life. People “have to” do their job. Whether they want to or not.

It is definitely not a strength to have to do something under duress. And that is certainly one of the reasons why so many drag themselves to work every day without motivation ... their talents, skills and strengths simply do not match what they are doing.


The differences between talents, skills, strengths and skills are clear. However, the boundaries are fluid.

You are always most successful when everything is in harmony. Well, if you …

• have the ability to perform a specific task,
• have a natural talent for
• Constantly improve through the acquisition of skills
• and develop a unique strength in this area

Look specifically for your talents and skills. What are your talents? What is particularly easy for you? What do you love to do that you want to do it every day? How and where can you best use your strengths?

If you can answer these questions, that's the cornerstone and almost a guarantee of happiness, success, and fulfillment. Both professionally and privately.

If not, you are wasting your potential and you may always be far below your possibilities. And that would be a shame, wouldn't it?

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