TALENT; THE COMPASS TOWARDS GREATNESS.
TALENT; THE COMPASS TOWARDS GREATNESS.
The secret to success is hard work. However, many work hard and yet have little to show for it.
This is something we notice over the course of time both in our lives and in others. By experience,
I have noticed hard work isn’t worth it but, SMART WORK IS. I’d liken hard work to be a scalar
quantity (magnitude with no direction) and smart-work to a vector quantity (magnitude coupled
with direction). There is a need for us to direct our efforts to a particular thing which we are sure
will yield reward.
Let’s consider examples such as an archaeologist or a pirate in search of precious artifacts, we
notice they depend on the direction pointed by the compass so as not to waste efforts, time and of
course resources during their voyage. This analogy explains to us the importance of direction
coupled with efforts. Let us also consider the popular parable of the sower given by the most
influential Jewish Rabbi. Hearken;
“Behold, there went out a sower to sow. And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way
side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it
had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth when the sun
was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among
thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good
ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some
sixty, and some an hundred.”
From this story we noticed that the farmer’s yield was few and far between. He
would have gained a lot more if all of his seeds lived to become plants. Some one might have said he did not put in much work. Not so, he did put in a great deal of work, but not all fell on the right ground. His yield was dependent on the ground he channeled his efforts, not just his efforts alone.
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The question then is, how do we know where and what to invest our efforts on? I for one believe
that, “our investments should be where our talents lie.” Someone might say, “I really don’t know how to do anything right, I wonder if do have a talent.” I have noticed over the course of time that nature always balances itself.
For example in the human body, it is believed that when one loses one sense (goes blind or looses the sense of smell or hearing), he or she becomes heightened. Also shorter people exhibit swifter movement than tall people. In all, I’ve observed that for everything one possesses, there
seems to have been something taken in place of it. For example, humans are considered to have
the highest form of IQ. However, in terms of instinct or reflex, we seem to lag behind when
compered to certain animals.
If we examine closely the lives of great people who were massively
talented, they seem to have exhibited one form of oddity or the other. Napoleon Bonaparte of
1769 was an exceptional military leader, he exhibited such high aptitude towards the concept of war that they now study his principles in military institutions. While growing up he was often laughed at for his funny way of speaking and was also believed to have had a complicated love life. Albert Einstein – the most celebrated scientist of the 20th century – popularly known for his relativity formula was unable to speak until age four, but he exhibited high aptitude for mathematics and physics. Lionel Messi, one of the greatest footballer of all time, while growing up was extremely quiet to the extent that his team mates considered him mute. He was later diagnosed of growth hormone deficiency but that wouldn’t stop him.
What we fail to realise is that people who are terrible at certain aspect in life are talented at
other areas. It’s that simple and that’s how nature balances the equation. It could even be that, the
more deficient you are at doing something, the more talented you are at doing another. We just
need to find out what that is. Every man born is less efficient at certain things, and that’s indicative of the fact that we are more efficient at doing some other things.
For nature has given man talents so he can direct his efforts to those areas his talent manifests, and by so doing, yield great achievements. People who often discover their talents and pursue it
with ZEAL always stand out. Talent was given to us as a compass, a compass towards fulfilment, a compass towards greatness. Utilize it well and live beyond.