Share Your Talents


Everyone has a talent. It may be carpentry or welding. You might have a talent for making money or making others feel good about themselves. It could be that you know how to help somebody feel better. You could help somebody do more with their lives. You may be the one person who can bake the perfect loaf of bread. The real talent of each person is different depending on our interests, our beliefs and our caring, yet we all have a talent.

So, the question is not if you have a talent or not. The question is, what are you going to do with your talent? It’s hard to bury a talent, although I imagine some people try. You can hide talent, and yet that does no one any good. Talents are only useful when shared. And, when an ability is shared, it is good for everybody.

When a person shares their talent, the people whom they share with feel better. The people are better whether the talent gives them friendship, hope, caring, happiness, humor or some other emotion, talents bring people a positive and visceral emotion on an authentic level. It seems as though the more unexpected the talent, the more profound the motion.

Some talents are like diamonds, they need to be found, cut and polished. Some talents are as free and easy as a soft breeze or a beautiful sunset. There is never a talent that is too little to be shared, and there is never one so large that it has to be kept at bay. And the funny thing about talent is that every time one is shared, they grow, and never are depleted.

Talents are never forced upon others. Talents are merely given freely. And those who truly need and desire what the talents offer will readily pick up on them. Not every talent is for every person every time. Yet, at some point, people will need the talents that you have to offer.

Stand forth when you feel the need and share of that which you have. And please do not be surprised, when you see the goodness that your talent does for others. Also, do not be surprised when you see the happiness and good feeling your talent returns to you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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