Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

What’s your hidden talent? by Daniel Gooding

My hidden talents are well… Hidden. To the point where I had to ask Lucy what they are. And whilst I wait for her reply, I just want to share a fabulous quote which applies to every single one of us. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. Do not worry if you do not feel that you are talented, or talented enough, because hard work trumps talent. And there is also in interesting correlation between those who are work hard and how lucky they are.

Through out my training I have been told that I have been “lucky” to get the experience that I have had, and do some of the things I have done, but the truth is, it is not luck, or talent. It is hard work. Working hard, whilst perhaps not everyone favourite thing to do, means that student nurses get recognised and gets use to not giving up, working harder and putting a lot of effort in. Talent means a natural tendency to be good at something. That talent can then be build upon with hard work.

So, what are my hidden talents?

I would like to think I am quite observant, I like to watch and know what is going on around me. This is probably due to being anxious a lot of the time, I believe it is also known as “Hyper-vigilance”. I don’t know if that is a hidden talent actually. Lucy just got back to me, according to her, my hidden talent is the fact I’m a “Pokemon Master”… Yeah, thanks for that honey. Although, Pokemon Go brings me onto a different topic. I think games like that with sort of “Augmented Reality” could go some way towards helping to reduce obesity. Obviously, I know that people will always find a way around the exercise, but for those that grew up playing Pokemon on various consoles and with Pokemon cards, the augmented version of the game is about as true to life as it will ever be. And given that I heard rumours of a Harry Potter version being released, I do honestly think that we underestimate the potential power of tech in order to help reduce obesity. But then, I may be completely wrong. But perhaps this is my hidden talent… Being able to find the positive things…

Thanks for reading.

Yours in nursing,


What inspired you to write this blog?

The Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery 30 Day Challenge

What is your role?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student -  Leader - Nursing Activist - RCN SIO of the Year 2018


What are your nursing and/or midwifery qualifications?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student


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