You have Talent!



You have talent. Yes, you do.

Pick an art, sport, trade, or career that you enjoy.

Think of the people who really excel and thrive at it.

They have talent, right?

Then look at yourself.

You may have passion. You may have hope. You may have potential.

But you may not see your own talent in that same light.

Why not?

Because you’re comparing yourself to people who have developed their talents, who were motivated to succeed, who were confident that their hard work would pay off, who continued to work hard even when the chips were down.

But you know what?

Those talented individuals have weaknesses, too.

And in the early days, their talents weren’t as obvious, since they weren’t as developed.

And their weaknesses stood out more.

Not much different than you are now.

Which is exactly what you need to realize.

You have talent.

You need someone to tell you that you have talent.

Well, I’m telling you.

What you really need is to believe it yourself.

Because if one of the Talented looked at you and told you that you had talent, you would suddenly be highly motivated.

You would know that you were on the right path, that if you just worked hard, you would succeed.

But you doubt yourself.

Because none of the Talented even know that you exist.

You’re afraid.

You don’t want to waste several years working hard, when in the end it may never pay off.

That doubt and fear are obstacles to your motivation. They impede your success.

Do you know why the Talented don’t seek you out and tell you that you’re one of them?

Because you haven’t yet developed your talent, and because your weaknesses still stand out.

Don’t see yourself just as you are now.

Don’t see yourself failing.

See yourself evolving into one of the Talented.

Tell yourself that you do have talent. That it is worthwhile. That you’re on the right path.

Be confident that you can become one of the Talented.

Motivate yourself.

Work hard to develop your talents.

Work hard to improve your weaknesses.

And then you will become one of the Talented.

Confidence and motivation go a long way.

But doubt won’t stand aside and let you coast to victory.

Nope. Doubt will be waiting patiently.

For your weakest moments.

Then it will pounce on you. It will team up with fear.

You need to know that this ambush is coming.

Prepare for it. Be strong. Let your confidence and determination shine through it.

Laugh doubt and fear in the face.

You can do it.

You have talent.

Much of your competition has talent, too.

But many will try half-heartedly or not at all because they doubt themselves.

And many will fall from the path because they also must battle fear and doubt.

You must stay confident, motivated, determined. These are your weapons.

It won’t be easy.

You have to work for it. Hard. Very hard.

Preparation. Planning. Practice. Patience. Perseverance.

All the hard work makes the success taste so much sweeter.

Just remember, you have talent. You can do it.

View a positive outcome and work toward it.

Never give up.

Prove the naysayers wrong.

Prove yourself.

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16 comments on “You have Talent!

  1. You’re so right, Chris. Each of us has a talent. It may be hidden from our own eyes, but others see it. I fought against writing for years for many of the reasons you’ve listed, but once I let go I’ve been set free. I do hope many people read your post and feel the need.

    Most talent isn’t a gold brick sitting out on display. It’s an amalgamate filled with gold dust.

  2. I am talented. I finally gave up worrying about that – it took up too much time.

    I am also slow. There is nothing I can do about it, but it, also, doesn’t bother me. I persist – and that’s more important than talent.

    As long as the Good Lord gives me life and brain, I will be writing.

    Except this past week – who knew you could go to a tropical paradise for a week and not even worry about writing. Longer than a week, I’d worry. One week – it was good for the soul. I came back and put in my time this morning as if I’d never left.


    PS The world did not notice I was gone, which is fine by me.

  3. Yes, you are talented, Alicia. Persistence has much value, too. And the world very much needs you, even when it doesn’t seem to notice. It takes an amazing vacation to let a writer’s mind take a break from writing. Hope you feel nicely rejuvenated.🙂

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