October 3, 2012

Talent is Never Enough

Talent is never enough.

- More than 50% of all CEOs of Fortune 500 ccompanies had C or C- averages in college
- 65% of all US senators came from the bottom half of their school classes
- 75% of US presidents were in the lower-half club in school
- More than 50% of millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college
(Kriegel and Patler, John Maxwell)

Talent is never enough, agree? Exceptional IQ, a savant’s level brain, amazing intellectual ability, all won't produce anything without being complemented by interpersonal skill, character, commitment, determination, and passion.

Most importantly, God-given talent is to ensure God's name be glorified even more. As Paul said, everything is good - but not everything is beneficial. Then he goes further by teaching us to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, to seek God first and everything else will come down naturally. This means we have to exercise our talent in a Godly manner, so that our ability can actually mirror the image of God in our lives. 

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive and inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

Exodus 35:10
Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the Lord has commanded.

See The Parable of the Talents by Jesus, Matthew 25:14-30, to have a clearer understanding on what God says about talent.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

“After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Thomas A Edison said, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Do you agree?

And to top this topic off, what do you think of these pics? They're world-famous quote of wisdom of hardwork vs smart that I'm sure every one of us must've heard from someone, somewhere. Work hard and smart, don't work hard but work smart, smart isn't important what important is persistence and hardwork, yadayadayada etc.

Which quote you think most applicable to you? For me, I don't know, because I believe smart-ness (intelligence) is a very broad term and there are so many intelligence measurement out there. I know one measure that already classify intelligence in 8 categories (spatial ability, motoric, language, analytical, etc). So how do you define being smart anyway?

In the bible I think Jesus only explicitly said something about being smart in Matthew 10:16 - be smart like snakes, but innocent like the doves. But how do you be smart? I can only think of Solomon's wisdom.

All in all, don’t measure your talent/ability from the world’s standard. God doesn’t care whether you’re capable of handling five, two, or one bag. He wants you to work it off! To those who use well what they have in hand, even more will be given. Think of it as receiving a bigger duty as you develop your character and technical ability. Afterall, great talent comes with a great responsibility (even Spiderman knows that).

So find your passion, and sharpen your God-given talent.

May God bless your journey abundantly! ]:)