Everyone has talents and skills that they can use. Sometimes those skills have been identified and at other times they have not been identified. Imagine having a great skill that has never been tapped or understood, wouldn’t that be a waste?
Talent can be our jumping off point to success if we know how to use our talents. Talent by itself won’t make anyone successful but it can be a catalyst towards success.
“Have success and there will be fools to say that you have talent”, wrote the French Poet Edouard Pailleron. Some people have success by just working harder than anyone else around them. There are people who know they don’t have the great skills of a Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong or some other successful athlete, but they have something else, passion, commitment, desire and persistence. It’s not that great athletes don’t have both skill and passion it is that skill alone won’t necessarily allow one to rise to the top.
John Maxwell illustrated some interesting bits of knowledge about talent:
· More than 50% of all CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies had a C or C- in college
· Sixty-five percent of all US Senators came from the bottom half or their school classes.
Some would say that those statistics are visible with the business failures that we have seen. And with 65% of all Senators coming from the bottom half of their schools explains a lot as well.
Are you using your talents, or are you wishing you could do something you aren’t good at instead?
It is far better to develop strength than it is to develop something you are not very good at (especially if you’ve been trying for a long period of time and you’re still not good at it). Identify the strength and make it stronger. Identify the weakness and manage around it.
Make your talents work for you. Be passionate, take a stand, use your talent, use your gifts and consistently develop your strengths – practice building your strength.