We don’t get to choose our natural talents but we do get to choose what we do with those talents we’ve been given. Talent by itself is not enough. We have to first identify those not so obvious talents. Next we need to work toward improving upon our talents. But beware of those natural talents…the ones we easily identify…the things we have a knack for.
Like me playing the guitar. I have no memory of a learning curve. In fact the guitar I learned to play on or more correctly STARTED playing on was a Christmas present for my eldest brother. Non playing guitarists are still impressed by my guitar playing but seasoned guitarists know that I have only reached a certain level and can go no further without putting in the hours practicing and honing my craft.
Natural talent can only go so far. There is a limit to where you can go relying on natural talent alone, without applying yourself, practicing and honing your skills.
Mark Ford, former owner of Early to Rise says
Having a talent for a certain thing might rob you of the habit of discipline and hard work. If you don’t have to TRY as hard, you never develop the work habits. In the beginning you are the natural leader but as time passes, the less-talented overtake you.
When you put in the effort to hone your talent – to get better at what you naturally could do, you will eventually arrive at a point where your skills will look like natural talent.
And that’s when your talent becomes a gift.
You can think like a winner all day long, but if you don’t have the skills and the stamina to beat your opponent, you probably won’t – Mark Ford
- Do you have clarity around WHO YOU REALLY ARE?
- Are you being noticed for your contribution in your current role?
- Do you know WHAT you need to do to get the results you want?