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Talents for Teens Ch 01

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what are gifts and talents?

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15. Do you like to use tools and gadgets, or would you prefer tasks that don’t require them? 16. Would you rather be outside or inside? 17. Would you rather fix something or write a story? 18. Do you like to have a regular schedule, or do you prefer when you’re not sure what’s going to happen next? 19. Would you rather design something or build something? 20. If you were helping on a disaster rescue effort, would you rather help distribute supplies to people directly or work on a team that organizes the operation?

What is your favorite free-time activity? Another way to discover your unique strengths is by noticing what you love to do in your free time. Here’s how Zak, a middle school student from Boston, described his favorite free-time activity: “My favorite activity or sport is baseball. I just love to be throwing a ball or hitting it as far as I can. I get a great feeling when I hit the ball and get on base. Heck, I feel great when I’m in the on-deck circle. Mentally, when I get a hit or make a play in the field, I know that I get better by practicing and trying harder every time I play. Physically, when I get a hit, I know that I have gotten stronger either by practicing or thinking about how I want to approach the pitcher. If I know that he is a curveball pitcher, I usually move up in the box. If he is a fastball pitcher, I might move back in the box so that I have maybe a second more to think if I want to swing or not. You don’t have much time to decide, so every second counts.”

Fifteen-year-old Alisha of Chicago loves interpretive dance. She performs for school plays and community events and wears costumes related to the theme of the events. In her free time, Alisha likes to listen to music and create her own dance moves. She also helps other

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