Sometimes we just don’t know what talents are buried inside us just waiting to be discovered.

When my daughter was a teenager she took up sewing which meant numerous trips to Fabricland as she selected patterns and fabric. And that is when I discovered a skill I never knew I had. It was good at matching colours.

Often, to be honest in an effort to save time, I would go off to select thread to match the fabric she’d picked and we found that I was really accurate in choosing the colours.   Who knew? Now this may not be something I add instantly to my resume, but I have come to appreciate that this is a useful skill set when it comes to buying clothes or to decorating your home.

The actress daughter of a friend of mine, made a recent discovery about herself. She was playing a part in a play where she was an artist and to look and feel authentic in the role, she decided to take a few quick art lessons, so she could hold the brush properly, etc…

Imagine her surprise when she discovered that she is actually a talented painter. So much so that she’s signed up for more lessons and the sketch she did of her brother showed amazing likeness to him. Who knew?

And that’s the point. Until we test ourselves and perhaps get out of our comfort zone, we will never know. Think about an interest that you have always wanted to pursue and never have. It could be that you’d be good at it. Why not give it a try?

Now we are aware of some of our skills, but we may take them for granted. What may take you seconds to do, may take someone else hours of stress and labour. For me it is writing – I can whip up a blog in minutes, while I know from others, it takes them hours.

So think about the talents that you take for granted, or ones where people are often asking for your help? And give yourself a pat on the back.

We are never too old and it is never too late to learn new skills. Try it. You might be surprised.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.