I hear people saying, “Of course, he’s good; he’s so talented.” But is talent all you need?
Major league teams have many talented players; and then there are some who take their talent a step further. A friend of mine was a pitcher for a minor-league baseball team. He always felt his talent was “off the charts” as he described it; until he got to the league. He never saw so many talented people, and he knew he was in trouble. It was easy in high school to “razzle, dazzle them,” but it was going to be a lot harder here. (Mostly because he was lazy!)
How many people do you know who are extraordinary talented but can’t seem to get past ordinary? We look at them and say, “If only I had that talent, what I could do.” It makes you wonder, what’s wrong with them?
Talents may come naturally but in order to grow, like anything else; they must be nourished. Along with your talent comes responsibility; if you want to make more of yourself, you have to decide it’s what you want and go for it. It may mean giving up “what you want now for what you want later.” There are many people who just don’t want responsibility and want to stay where they are.
I was looking through my high school yearbook and had the pleasure of talking with one of our “talented” graduating seniors. She was so smart that most of us weren’t even close to her. Did she become the doctor? No she dropped out of medical school and worked in menial jobs. And then there was the woman who was voted the best athlete of the year, an award I wanted but didn’t get. She did nothing with her talent, and I have continued to work at my love for sports and running and winning many 5K races. (She was better than me but I wanted to be good no matter what.)
If you have talents, you have to continue to stretch yourself. Yes, the talent comes but can also go away. You must continue to stretch yourself and look for new heights. If you’re content with being in the same place, and live with mediocrity, you will be disappointed. You must continue to push, endure the hardships that come with it and persist on.
What does it take to break out and go for it? I had an oncologist friend, who recently died, who was homeless for many years and lived on the street. One day, he just decided he needed to do more with his life and finished college and was admitted into medical school.
“What happened, I asked; I finally realized that I was wasting my life away and had many other things I could accomplish.” He said he always wanted to help people and was ready to go for it.
One of the differences with those achieving successes is they continue to work despite the fact they are not appreciated. You must be able to see your goal and head for it, sometimes without anyone on your team. Achieving your goals can be very lonely.
Accomplishing your goals can be difficult. It takes continued work and effort, but if you have the talent, and we all do, why would you waste it?
Lisbeth Calandrino has been helping businesses build extraordinary relationships with their customers, both internal and external. To have her help you with your business, reach her at [email protected]