3 steps to living off your talents .
3 steps to living off your talents .
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25 : 14-30
I should have written about talents long before now, as I promised to do so. This topic is very much welcomed but not enough mastered. Talents are a representation of the power of God inside of you.
In this story, we are taught that the man receives talents according to his capacity to bear it. Some have many talents, others only have one. Your capacity to prosper depends of how you develop these talents.
According to Les Brown, well-known as a conferencer and motivator, there are 3 reasons for men to remain poor :
- 1) Some aren’t aware of what they have ( they have no clue as to what their talent might be)
- 2) Some have acknowledged their talents but these talents aren’t developed
- 3) Some are aware of their talents, their talent are developed but they don’t know how to proceed to get the customers that would pay for their talents.
Although the lack of knowledge is the major issue, it can be solved If you seek within yourself.
I am asked this question every time in all my discussions with people.
Talent is acknowledged very often during infancy : you can’t stop yourself from doing something or you always had a facility in a particular area of your life.
Let me take the example of my daughter Gloria :
*My daughter Gloria is 3 years old and she can’t help but sing and dance. She looks like she has rhythm in her body although she never took dancing lessons.
*She stops every time she hears a sweet melody.
*She gets frustrated when she can’t dance or sing. When you attend a show, she always want to move away from the crowd and perform with the artists.
*She imagines herself with singers and dancers and nowhere else : at this precise time, it’s the only thing that matters to her.
*She like jumping, dancing and singing which catch one’s attention : people keep telling us “ Your daughter is a great dancer and singer”.
Gloria really likes instruments such as guitars, pianos and tam-tams.
Obviously, Gloria has two talents : she’s a dancer and a singer.
My wife and I have the responsibility to create a platform to help her to express her talents, develop and refine them so that she becomes an expert in both areas.
Her perfect happiness and her self-development as a human-being depend of these two fields : dancing and singing.
*Your talent makes you a King in a specific area of your life
The talent is powerfully unlimited: it stops when you stop developing it. One talent can change your whole life.
It brings you joy, wealth, power, public acknowledge and freedom.
Here’s a list of talented people who took advantage of their talents and changed the course of history :
Michael Jackson was talented in singing and dancing. He is dead and yet his music still reaches people.
Whistney Houston was a great singer. An entire generation was rocked by her songs like : “I will always love you”.
Michael Jordan was a talented basketball player. He’s the retired player who has been selling more sneakers in the world for years : “Air Jordan”.
Oprah Winfrey : She’s extraordinary talented communicator which makes her the richest woman in the world in the show-business area.
Tiger Woods : He’s an acknowledged golf player whom personal story is popular.
This isn’t an exhaustive list.
I would like to answer by telling you my own experience.
I am fortunate as God gave me several talents in communication, basketball, writing, marketing, photography, graphic design and video.
I used a special recipe to develop my photography skills et today I am living an unexpected expansion.
Here’s my story :
3 years ago when my daughter was born, I strongly wanted to take pictures of her and the more I took pictures, the more my thirst to take pictures increased. One day I came across an audio of John Maxwell, a world expert in leadership and success.
He explained that if you spent 1h per day working on your talents, in 5 years you will become an expert in your area.
Expertise appeal to wealth, public acknowledge etc…
Thus I started practicing photography online on specialized websites. I spent 1 hour per day learning new photography technique . Sometimes, I spent more than 4hours on it.
I often went to the Fnac (a shop specialized in multimedia in France) to purchase books about photography. Any lack in my area was the opportunity for me to learn something new and improve myself.
I also realized that I must learn from the best (or great) photographs in the world as Scott Kelby, Joe Mcnally, Cliff Mautner etc…
The amazing progress that I made attracted more and more people through Internet (Facebook, Twitter) and they started to seek for my services.
Today, in order to take pictures for people living abroad, I receive purchased air tickets and I work for several magazines and websites.
In brief :
If you spend 1 hour each day working on your talent, you’ll become an expert in 5 years. Buy all the books that will help to develop your talent, listen and watch the people that are experts in your area. Invest in yourself continuously and stay away from the expenses that might alienate you from developing your talents. Nowadays, the Internet is full of resources in several areas : YouTube allows you to learn, master various professions. I learned how to take wedding pictures by watching constantly Americans photographers doing it on their channels.
Nowadays, marketing is your main tool to highlight your talents; social networks and communication will give you a higher profile and your customers will come to you.
I understood the real power of Facebook and because I kept communicating on it about photography, I acquired a certain audience, a customer base that keeps growing, willing to pay more for what I have to offer.
It becomes more and more difficult to reach physically to people but fortunately, you can reach them through social media.
With a simple click, you can reach people :
Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube are inescapable tools to promote your talents.
I strongly advise you two coaches who will help you to make your talents fruitful and build an empire on the internet. These two are my mentors and changed my life.
Eliane Ngami Strategy-maker in social media based in Canada.
Darcy Ogandaga Expert in media and businessman based in Atlanta USA.
I hope I was able to help you this morning
Maximize your potential
“Your wealth increases when your knowledge increase in your favorite area”
I recommend you to purchase/order my audio message “ 11 steps to discover your talents”