Monday, April 07, 2008

Talent

I read the following this morning. I know many of you won't agree with the sentiments, but it is here for you to read anyway.

'We all have equal value in God's eyes, but we don't have equal giftedness. In their book Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton state that every person is capable of doing something better than the next 10,000 people. And they support that with research. They call this area your strength zone, and they encourage you to find it and make the most of it. It doesn't matter how aware you are of your abilities, how you feel about yourself, or whether you have previously achieved success. You have talent, and God requires you to develop it! But you can only develop the talent you have, not the one you want. When it comes to your character, you must never stop working on your areas of weakness. But when it comes to fulfilling your God-given assignment, you must recognise your strength zone and give yourself to it. Dr John Maxwell writes: 'It's been my observation that people can increase their ability in an area by only two points on a scale of 1-10. For example, if your natural talent in an area is four, with hard work you may raise it to a six. In other words, you can go from a little below average to a little above average. But let's say you find a place where you are a seven; you have the potential to become a nine, maybe even a ten, if it's your strength zone and you work hard! That helps you advance from 1 in 10,000 talent to 1 in 100,000 talent but only if you do the other things needed to maximise your talent.' So, find your strength zone!'

To read the original post look here, now go and use your talent.

1 comment:

MargaretR said...

I have always said we are all good a 'something' Myfanwy. When teaching, it was always my aim to find that something a child was good at. Then go all out to make that child realise he was really good at something. A great boost for the confidence, which in turn improved all the child did.