Talent is Not Enough

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Aug 6, 2012 in , , | No Comments

Why is it that many talented people never reach their full potential?

Talent gives an advantage that lasts a short time. In order to grow to your full potential, there are necessary steps that should be considered.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, speaker, author and founder of several leadership organizations who communicates his principles to Fortune 500 companies, international marketing organizations and professional sports groups, suggests: “Too many talented people who start with an advantage over others lose that advantage because they rest on their talent instead of raising it.” Basically, talent alone doesn’t keep a person at the top, we’ve seen this countless times in the workplace.

Strength Zone

Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton state in their book, Now, Discover Your Strengths,  every person is capable of doing something better than thousands of others. This is the “strength zone” and the authors encourage readers to find that zone and make the most of it. Even if you aren’t aware of your abilities, don’t know how you feel about them, or if you’ve achieved success or not–you have talent–and you can develop it. Finding your strength zone is essential in your job search because what you do well, you usually enjoy. Shouldn’t your work give you pleasure and be fulfilling?

Develop Talents

Dr. Maxwell begs the question, “Why do most people spend the majority of their time focused on strengthening their weaknesses? One thing I teach people at my conferences is to stop working on their weaknesses and start working on their strengths.” He advocates a person realize and develop talents.

Developing talents into lasting results comes from the right choices. William Jennings Bryan, orator, attorney and political leader said, “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice: it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” You must make the effort to be what you’ve dreamed, and then continue to make the effort to bring that reality to it’s full potential.

Maximize Talents

Dr. Maxwell lists thirteen key ideas behind helping people maximize their talents:

1.) Belief lifts your talent.

2.) Passion energizes your talent.

3.) Initiative activates your talent.

4.) Focus directs your talent.

5.) Preparation positions your talent.

6.) Practice sharpens your talent.

7.) Perseverance sustains your talent.

8.) Courage tests your talent.

9.) Teachability expands your talent.

10.) Character protects your talent.

11.) Relationships influence your talent.

12.) Responsibility strengthens your talent.

13.) Teamwork multiplies your talent.

Important Choices

Dr. Maxwell’s statement echos my own beliefs when he says, “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make, makes you.”

Who you become is going to be one of the most important choices you make in life. Choose well. Choose wisely. Enjoy the journey!


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