Ideation: Synthesizing Talents, Interests, Passions and Skills (T.I.P.S.) 

synthesizing interestsIn this game, students learn to identify their talents, skills and interests and then synthesize them into entrepreneurial vision.

Learning Outcome:

  • Students learn to identify what their natural talents, skills and interests are.
  • Students develop an original entrepreneurial concept around their talents, skills and interests.

Game: 

If you could create anything, regardless of money or struggle, what would you create?” Let us begin the ideation process with boundless creativity, considering our talents, interests, passions and skills.

Consider for a moment your talents. These may be different from your interests. You may have one or many. Talents can be defined as “seemingly complicated tasks performed with the appearance of ease.” What can you do that others cannot? What complicated tasks are you good at? It can be anything. Make a list.

Next, let’s identify what it is you are interested in. Carl Jung, the famed Swiss psychoanalyst, said that “The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” What do you love? What do you like thinking about? When playing with ideas, what causes you to lose all track of time? These are your interests.

What are your passions? I think of passions as the burning hot interest or desire. What are you passionate about? Make a list.

Finally, what are your skills? For the sake of this game, skills are defined as “activities you can do to create value for others.” What skills do you have that can generate income or contribute to doing so?

Analyzing your interests, talents and skills, imagine throwing each into a mental funnel. If you were to synthesize each of these, what would the output or vision look like?

Take a hard look at whatever it is that comes out of your synthesizing your talents, skills and interests. Creating something that engages each of these things can lead to a feeling of fulfillment, of the utilization of one’s potential. As written in another post on this site, meaning and passion sustain one before there is a financial return on investment.

If you would like to use these games in your own classroom, please do! If you do, let me know how how it goes and if you have suggestions for modifying a game. 

I can be reached at jdhart@smu.edu

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Ideation: Synthesizing Talents, Skills and Interests  by James David Hart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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About James Hart

Jim Hart currently serves as Interim Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship & Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. Hart is also the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway.
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