Tonight Jeff and I were able to go see some of our daughter Lauren's photography displayed at a meeting. Lauren had to work, so she couldn't be there. We were very proud to be there and to see the talent that she has improved on throughout the years. I will share some of it with you, when she emails them to me, it is such a neat experience to witness the talents that your kids have. Our kids have more talents that Jeff or I ever thought of having! How does that work? :)
So tonight I found this neat story ( by Steve Goodier ) about developing our talents, stay turned for Talents post # 2!
Sitting On Your Talent
If you are like me, there are some things you may feel you do pretty well, and others that you would not admit to having done even at gunpoint! I do play guitar adequately and I can make a memorable enchilada dish. I also enjoy working with people and I seem to have made it a lifelong project to learn how to become a better listener.
I never thought of myself as one who has any great talent, but like each of us, I have certain skills and abilities. Let me tell you a story, however, passed down through jazz circles. It's a story about a man who had real talent.
This particular man played piano in a bar. He was a good piano player. People came out just to hear him and his trio play. But one night, a patron wanted them to sing a particular song. The trio declined. But the customer was persistent. He told the bartender,
"I'm tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing!"
The bartender shouted across the room to the piano player,
"Hey buddy! If you want to get paid, sing the song. The patrons are asking you to sing!"
So he did. He sang a song. A jazz piano player who had not sung much in public, sang a song that changed his career. For nobody had ever heard Sweet Lorraine sung the way it was sung that night by Nat King Cole!
He had talent he was sitting on! He may have lived the rest of his life playing in a jazz trio in clubs and bars, but because he had to sing, he went on to become one of the best-known entertainers in America.
You, too, have skills and abilities. You may not feel as if your "talent" is particularly great, but it may be better than you think! And with persistence, most skills can be improved. Besides, you may as well have no ability at all if you sit on whatever talent you possess!
Some people ask, "What ability do I have that is useful?"
Others ask, "How will I use the ability that I have?"
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke
"A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals." ~ Larry Bird