Now that you have discovered, nurtured, and cultivated your talent, it is time to put in some work. This is the point where you have to decide if you have what it takes to make it in the field you are pursuing. Unfortunately, this is where most people give up. Nowhere in this series of post or anywhere else for that matter, does it say that following your dreams would be easy. There are five principles that you have to remember as you take this journey, as well as five hindrances you should avoid.
Basic Principles to Remember About Talent
- Make your own way. When you are making full use of your talent, you don’t follow the crowd. Make up your own mind and stand by your principles. This helps you to take a stand at work or at home when people around you try to pull you in the wrong direction. Once you discover your talent and you pursue it, it won’t be easy for anyone to lead you astray. So move with people who will help you and not those who will distract or derail you.
- Turn sour lemons into sweet lemonade. This is about the expression that says: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Failure or defeat gives you an opportunity to do it again better. Defeat is the temporary postponement of victory. Abraham Lincoln is an example of someone who refused to give up even after failing several times. He eventually succeeded and he became one of the best presidents America has ever had. So if you encounter defeat in the course of using your talent, it means you have to try again. Then you have the opportunity to do it better the next time. Don’t give up. A wise man said, “When you give in to pressure, you give up hope and you give away an ample opportunity to become great.”
- Tap into your passion within. “Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures,” said Joseph Campbell, American writer and lecturer. When you are using your talent, the passion and the enthusiasm come from inside of you. No one can make you happy when you decide to be sad, so be driven by passion and it will take you very far.
- Take advantage of opportunities to serve. The best way to use your talent is to find a way to serve. Your talent will create an avenue for you to serve others. Always look around your environment; you will see a lot of places where your talent is appreciated. The earlier you start serving others with your talent, the quicker your journey to the top will be.
- Be an example. Remember that unleashing your talent makes you the best example for others. People are looking up to you for direction, so no matter who you are, your life influences others. If we use our talents well, others will follow our example.
Factors that may hinder your talent
- Indiscipline. If you want to unleash your talent, you have to have discipline. An athlete who refuses to train will not be able to maximize the use of their talent. A student who refuses to study for exams may end up failing.
- Fear. Most successful people are fearless people who refuse to be overcome by the challenges they face. F.E.A.R. literarily stands for, “False Emotions Appearing Real.” It means many of the things we fear are created by us in our minds and if we continue to allow those thoughts to dominate our minds, they will eventually come to pass. So many people are afraid to maximize their talent because of what people will say, and some even fear the unknown. To be successful with your talent you must drive away fear. After all, we have not been given a spirit of fear.
- Peer influence. We have mentioned this before but it is worth reiterating as a factor that hinders talent. If you surround yourself with people who don’t believe in your talent or those who bring you down, the probability of unleashing your talent is slim. So be mindful of those you associate with.
- Lack of mentorship. If you think you are an island of knowledge then little or nothing gets done. Most people fail to unleash their talents because they don’t have mentors to look up to for advice. As a result, they make mistakes that could have been avoided if they had mentors and trusted advisors to help steer them clear of pitfalls.
- Impatience. Most people get too impatient because they believe so much in “microwave” timing that brings instant results. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. We have to be realistic and understand that in life you have to go through a process. After nine months of pregnancy, during which time the fetus grows and becomes stronger, new life is born. After planting seeds in the earth, over a specific period of time with sunlight, water, and fertilization new vegetation or blooms will sprout. These things take time, and you have to be patient. When you are impatient you lose interest in things easily, and your talents may not bring the reward you want at the time you desire. However, if you are determined and patient, you will surely get the reward even when people don’t believe in you. If you are sure that you are doing the right thing, keep at it. The reward will surely come.
As we bring this series to a close we hope that you have learned something about yourself. We hope that you have used this series to discover or rediscover your talent.
Tell us how you are applying the principles from this series to positively impact your life?