“The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point…you’ve got to keep working that talent.”
Great talent is hard to find. Even more difficult is developing it. I have seen a number of talented prodigies in my life who somehow fell short of expectations. What does it take to cultivate talent and live up to its full potential?
T – Test your talent. Michael Jordan had talent. Manny Pacquiao had talent. But both were tested through adversity. They were never scared to compete against the best in their respective sports, and that’s why they’re successful. If you want to develop talent, don’t stay away from difficulties and trials. Face them, overcome them, and have the courage to test yourself to reach your goals.
A – Activate your talent. Don’t keep it. Or else, it might be taken away from you, just like what happened in The Parable of the Talents.
L – Leverage your talent. Your talent must be enhanced. Sharpen the saw. The day you stop improving is the day you start deteriorating.
E – Expand your talent. Great movie stars who last long in the business find ways to reinvent themselves. Be creative and discover new ways to use your skills.
N – Nourish your talent. Take good care of your health. Get adequate rest and relaxation. You need to always be at your best to maximize your potential.
T – Teach your talent. Whatever you learn in the course of developing yourself must be shared with others, so they can learn from your experiences.
As a physician involved in educating medical students, I try to live by this motto: Teach And Lead Everyone to Nourish and Treat. I believe that every medical student who really desires to be a good physician can make a difference. With enough passion and determination, even someone with average intelligence can make use of their God-given talent to create a lasting legacy.
- Finding Fortunes: Talents, Use Them Or Lose Them! (commonsenseprovidence.com)
- Talent as a commodity! (silentlecture.wordpress.com)