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Talents for Teens Ch 01

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what are gifts and talents?

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people design skate parks. How did Tony Hawk turn his passion into a multi-million-dollar business? Hobbies can often evolve into careers.” Intern n. an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field (such as medicine or teaching) gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom)

Max’s profound gift branched off into other interests. One developing passion is art, specifically sculpture and film. At the suggestion of a teacher, a local television producer approached Max about creating a new show in which he interviews teens about their gifts and talents. “I know I’m lucky to have found my passion at such a young age and to see it evolve into other areas,” Max says. His message to kids and teens is this: “Don’t worry if you’re not smart in a particular subject. Explore everything you can and don’t be afraid to be different. It’s good to be crazy and creative!”

Early bloomers Some people’s gifts and talents surface very early in life. When I (your author) was little, I would occasionally go to restaurants with my family. Between ordering and eating, I would get up from the table and meet the people at the other tables. I loved talking to them and found it fun and interesting to meet other people. When I was in sixth and seventh grade, I loved to talk on the phone, talk in class, and talk at every opportunity I had. No doubt this was an extension of my earlier fascination with meeting strangers. Often, my love for talking got me into trouble. Gradually, I learned to have the discipline to channel my enthusiasm to appropriate times. Today, I get paid to talk to people. I am a professional author and speaker. In high school, I realized that my love of meeting

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