I have come to the realization that much of my career over the past 15 years has caused me to develop my skill set in areas that I do not naturally gravitate to.
For instance, I worked as techie for 10 years, and one of my first jobs was as an applications developer/programmer. The level of detail I had to operate at really drove me batshit at first. But once I found my groove, I rode it out and then life being how it is I ended up jumping to another job a few years later and that was that. That type of event has happened a number of times though.
Part of my remedy for being stuck doing something that I wasn't really nuts about was to leverage that knowledge to do something I was more into. Because I had programming experience and could write well, I got a job as a business analyst. As a business analyst, I got to lead work teams and run requirements meetings. Sounds like an audience to me, and a chance to do analysis on the fly, and dish out some ideas to solve problesm, cool!
So, it appears that there is a natural instinct for me to find a way to do what I am naturally good at. I will learn new skills as I want to or need to, but when it comes down to it I like applying what I know to real world problems, working with people, and making things happen.
(1) Has anyone else noticed similar trends in their career thus far?
(2) Have you ever thought about focusing on what your natural gifts are, your talents, and developing them to their fullest, instead of doing what you "need to" with all your effort? If you've done it, how did it work out for you?