We’re in Idols season again and for me the best part is the early auditions. Of course, the untalented, yet passionate “singers” provide the most entertainment for me. And it is here that a great leadership lesson can be learnt. It’s the lesson of understanding your talents, gifts or abilities, and making sure that you optimize them.
Passion is something that we bring to our talents and abilities and will perhaps be the subject of another blog.
Right-sizing one’s ability is the key to understanding ones contribution and then optimizing it to reach your full potential.
Here are some of my learning’s around this;
- Figure out with the honest help of others what your abilities and talents are. Take the various kinds of test like Strength Finders and others. Understanding what makes you tick is real freedom to fulfilling your dreams.
- I realized that my talents were not equal to my ambitions, and if I was going to achieve my ambitions, I would need to “supplement” my talent. I certainly was going to remain ambitious.
- The best supplement for the lack of talent is to be part of a team.
- I also realized that I must identify my real limitations and be sure that others can cover those areas. For example, I learnt to play the guitar and the drums. But having no musical talent, both my guitar playing and drumming was simply a technical thing. I gave being a musician up to relief of all, but can still enjoy music by listening to others.
- I need to practice with whatever talent I have. Often talented people just operate on their gift. You have to practice and exercise whatever gift you have, to reach optimal levels.
- Be grateful and nor envious. Whatever quality of talent or ability you have be grateful for them. These are the gifts that God has given you. Comparing to others and being envious of others will strangle whatever abilities and gifts you have.
- Never hold back on advancing the abilities of others. There is something dynamic about advancing others; you seem to grow as well.
- Never give up and never stop trying. Don’t be overcome by rejection and discouragement. Persistence is a learnt discipline – you will be a better person for learning persistence.
- Don’t be afraid of hard work.
- 10. Seek to put Jesus at the center of your abilities and talents. It makes the whole thing worth more!
Watch idols, and stay away from self-deception