You’ve Got Talent!
The great American singer Marian Anderson said, “Everyone has a talent for something.” And she was right. Everybody, including you, has talent. Lots of it. You’ve got very special talents, God-given talents that belong to you and you alone.
There’s nobody else exactly like you, which means you possess a one-of-a-kind collection of skills and abilities. And, you also have unique opportunities, right where you are, to improve your skills and to accomplish big things. But be prepared: achieving your goals will probably require work, training, and practice.
A few people have so much talent that they don’t have to work very hard to reach the top. But for the rest of us, it takes practice — lots of practice — to turn raw talent into a finished product. That’s what the American writer Erma Bombeck did. She began her writing career writing for a small local newspaper in Ohio, but with hard work, she made the most of her talents and moved steadily to the top. Shortly before her death in 1996, Erma wrote, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I have not a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘Lord, I used everything you gave me.’”
You, like Erma Bombeck, are blessed with special gifts. And as the old saying goes, “Talent is God’s gift to you—how you use it is your gift to God.” If Erma were here, she’d advise you to use your talent wisely, courageously, and often, starting now.
The composer Irving Berlin said, “Talent is only the starting point. You’ve got to keep working that talent.” So, if you want to be a star right where you are, figure out what you’re good at, pay careful attention to teachers, parents, and coaches, learn everything you can along the way, and above all, keep practicing. When you do, you’ll be able to share your achievements and your talents with a world that needs both.
Make the Most of Your Talents
You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.
We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius.
Do you want to be successful? Nurture your talent.
Tennessee Ernie Ford
It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.