Chris Bailey wrote some thoughts about Hidden Talents that I encourage you to take a look at. As Chris describes them, hidden talents are unique skills or abilities that an employee brings to the job that aren't part of their job description. His comments on how that plays into our own job satisfaction or fulfillment really struck me.
While most workers are supplied with a job description, that’s often not enough. Many of us feel a strong pull toward fulfilling our own sense of “occupational identity” that is much more robust and unique to our own particular talents.
For me, a strong pull I feel is towards my hidden passion, which is what I speak to on this site. I'm curious if it truly is a hidden talent or just a passion, but most of the time I believe the two go hand in hand. The jobs I've held in the past 3 years have not needed work in organizational development, employee interaction and culture. Yet I find myself in many conversations where those exact topics come up and I start speaking to my knowledge and passion in those areas. I've been told it is a benefit to bring that additional insight into my job, that I look at and care about those topics are helpful since not everyone looks at things that way.
I encourage you to think about or discover your hidden talents and your hidden passions. Chris is planning a series on uncovering and utilizing your hidden talents that I'm looking forward to reading that may be helpful to you. I believe that whatever may be hidden in you needs to be uncovered and there is a place for it in your job. Finding a way to utilize your talents and passion is one step towards greatness.