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.
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
| Henry David Thoreau
Are you lost?
Are you navigating through life not sure why you do what you do?
Are you just surviving the day to day issues?
Does it feel like there is more to life than what you are experiencing?
Do you have a sense of purpose?
Do you have goals that you are working towards that are an extension of whom you truly are?
Do your goals make sense?
Do you believe there is more? Have you given up hope? Are you just marching to an unknown drummer?
What does life feel like most of the time? Is it good? Do you see joy, beauty, truth and happiness most of the time? Are you using your strengths most of the time?
Indeed there is more. There are answers. There is purpose.
Use your gifts and talents – be all that you were truly meant to be.
Why not start today! Why not start now!
“What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the Sun?
“I (Robert Greenleaf) counsel you to be aware of your priceless gift of creativity. No matter how small and flickering a light it may seem to be at the time, cultivate it as a pearl beyond price. Whatever your competence in your chosen field turns out to be, and regardless of the size of the opportunities that may come your way in the foreseeable world, your imaginative capacity will measure the productive use of your strengths and opportunities.” Robert K. Greenleaf “The Power of Servant Leadership”, 98)
Are you aware of the gifts you have?
Have you cultivated your gifts so that you can maximize the results of your gifting?
Are you able to use your gifts in a way that passion is aroused within you?
Granted the questions are yes/no answers, and if the answers are no, what are you going to do to release the gifts that you have hidden away so that they can be a benefit to you and to others?
What can you do today to start utilizing your gifts, talents and strengths?
How do you know what your talents are? For much of our lives we haven’t been taught to discover what our talents are. We’ve been pushed through an educational system that does less to identify talents than it does making sure everyone is in a broad sense non-distinct. If you excelled at one subject a lot more than any other your focus wouldn’t be on that one subject it would be on all subjects with about equal intensity due to the framework of the educational system.
What are you curious about? What do you have an appetite for? I’m not talking about watching TV or mindless activities but of things that stir the imagination, that bring about a strong desire to learn, to practice, and to experience.
If you choose a magazine what is the material that makes it worth reading about? What about that topic is intriguing?
Be careful about linking talent with career aspirations. What if your talent isn’t the kind that is desired in job marketplace? Try to separate those issues initially. Seek what drives your interest and passions.
Bringing a talent to life will often lead to joy and happiness. Time will disappear and your focus will increase. The intensity of joy will magnify as you find yourself in the labyrinth of experiencing your talents.
To discover your talents you’ll need to plow the field of experience. The more that you experience the greater your chance is of discovering what truly ignites passion in your heart. It may be doing something as simple as walking through a library scanning the books and looking at the topics that interest you. Are you compelled to know more? Does the topic drive you to want to devour all that there is to know about the subject matter? What images seep into your mind?
Here are some ideas to discover your talents.
1. Plow the field. Churn some new ground.
2. Plant the field. Experience a variety of things, what grows.
3. Nurture the field. Take care of the things that interest you.
4. Weed the field. Remove what doesn’t work so the effort can be placed on what is of interest.
5. Harvest the field. What grows well, what thrives and survives is probably a talent.
Reflection. Review things in the past that were of interest to you. What things have continued with you? What things have you dropped in pursuit of something else? Look at what you have carried with you. Is it a passion of yours?
What are your talents?
It seems that everyone else has a special gift and we are left looking for ours. What is our gift? Where do we have a special skill, talent, ability or way that is uniquely ours that can be used in some wonderful way?
It isn’t that we don’t have a gift or talent; it is more likely that we haven’t exposed our talents or gifts in a way that feels like it can be used for some benefit, either our personal benefit or a larger benefit to the community we live in.
The Kielburger’s from their book “Me to We” write that everyone has a gift in some way but not in every way. Discovering your talent is something you should invest in. Once the talent or gift has been found then there is the work of sharpening and honing that talent so that it can be applied. It is also necessary to cultivate a passion for that gift. It makes no sense to have a talent that could be used but lack the passion to bring life to that talent.
Passion and talents are linked and missing one or the other will only cause frustration. Combine your passion with your talents and then use the combination to make a difference in your life and perhaps in the lives of others.
What is your talent? Is it a passion of yours? Are you using your talents and passions to your best ability?