In today’s discussion, we shall be looking at “What Do I Do with my Talent? Let start by quoting Mark Murdock who states that “you seldom get what you go after unless you know in advance what you want”.

Now that you have discovered your talent, trade with it. Now that you have it, flaunt it. You have it so give it all it takes.

Desire it

According to E. I Shell, “the desire to possess is the key to personal achievement”.

The first step to achieving any goal in life is to desire it. Desire is what best sustains your thoughts. The more passionate your desires are, the more quickly the things you want spring up in your life. The way to accomplishment is to first of all desire it.

Desiring precedes acquiring. What you don’t desire, you don’t acquire. For instance, Rothmans puts it “Desire it”. But Peugeot 406 rather captions it in a more precise form – “Desire it. Own it”. It is thus obvious that desiring it is a condition for owning it. To own therefore, you only have to desire it and automatically you are qualified to own it.

From above, desiring is a prerequisite for possession. Desires must be simple and definite or they defeat their own purpose, should they be too many, too confusing or beyond a man’s training and capacity to accomplish. Anon says “desire is power. You can change your life by changing your desires”. Success in life responds only to definite desires backed up by definite plans using the habits of constant persistence.

If you desire a thing intensively enough, there is nothing that can stand in your way. You must desire your dream as badly as a drowning man desires air, as importantly as a starving man desires food, as quickly as a homeless person desires shelter and as urgently as a jobless person wants a job.

A young man asked Socrates how he could get wisdom. “Come with me”, Socrates replied. He took the young man to a nearby river and shoved his head underwater and held it there until the boy struggled for air. Then he let go of him.

Once the boy got hold of himself, Socrates asked him “what did you desire most when your head was under the water?” “I wanted air”, replied the boy. Socrates nodded slowly in agreement. “When you want wisdom as much as you wanted air when you were immersed in water, you will get it”, Socrates told him.

Locate it

To succeed you must locate what the purpose for your life existence is. Bishop David O. Oyedepo says “a life void of purpose is a life void of progress and a life of stagnation and frustrations”.

The discovery of your life purpose is the beginning of your life of success and demise of failure. People without purpose are not fit to live. They can best be described as walking corpses. With a purpose, nobody can stop you on your track to success.

It takes the discovery of your purpose to guarantee a successful tomorrow. When you locate your purpose, provision is no more a problem. You don’t pray for money, you will discover money starts chasing you. Purpose is a touchstone of accomplishment, small or large.

 Dream it, See it

John Kennedy said “I dreamt of the things that were not and I asked myself why? And I worked hard to bring it into being. And people saw the things that were and asked why?”

A dream is a revelation of what you are designed to accomplish. A vision is being able to project into the future. Your vision is your picture you see in your future. Your picture you see determines your future. You are only handicapped by your vision and not by your underprivileged background.

What you see is what is delivered to you. Until you see it, you can’t possess it. The farther you see, the more you grab. Your vision is thus crucial to your possession in life. Life is a just employer and it gives you according to your vision.

All you have to do is to capture a good, bright and colorful picture of your future. Success is not necessarily measured in monetary terms for thus who try to do end up in most times in frustration, dejection, anger and lust. Success is the discovery of your God-given talent with the purpose and the pursuance with the evidence of achievements or accomplishment.

Everyman’s destiny begins with what he sees. It’s not how much of what you do but how much you see. What you see motivates and encourages you and is registered in your mind. The future you don’t see, you cannot arrive at it. The degree of your success is the clarity of the picture you see of your destination.

Work it

John Ruskin  stated that “Though you may have known clever men who were indolent, you never knew a great man who was so: and when I hear a young man spoken of as giving promise of great genius, the first question I ask about him is always, does he work?”

Desiring it is the first step but working it is the main thing. Working has being defined as 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. You are inspired but that is just 1% of the step to accomplishment. Perspiration is 99%.

The key to happiness is to be perfectly sure you are doing what you love doing. People who don’t do what they enjoy doing are unhappy people. They spend their time daydreaming about what they would like to do. They have given up hopes and dreams. They could be regarded as walking corpses. To be a genius is to do what you enjoy doing. That is the true genius of life. Mediocrity is never daring what you love for fear of what people may say.

For you to know what really interest you, ask yourself, if I have ten million naira today will I still continue with the work? If your answer is no, certainly you don’t like it enough. It may be a transient point to what you really need to do.

Bishop Abioye was emphatic when he declared “hard workers are highfliers. Success is free to all but it is not cheap. It does not come by chance but by choice. And there is no choice without a charge”.

Friends, you cannot “become a star without paying the star price. Work is the pillar, foundation and extra effort on top of grace. It’s your work that distinguishes you, grace enlists you”. There is no star with scars. There is nothing of value without a cost and no prize without a price tag.

So do you want to succeed? Work your way up! The way up is always rough and discouraging. But remember also that the bottom is over-crowded. The choice is yours. Unfortunately, some people have good aim but end up not pulling the trigger.

Proclaim it, Shout it out!

Having seen the picture of your future in the vision, you proclaim it by shouting it out. Your vision is brought to the realm of reality by speaking it positively. Use your mouth to create what you want by proclaiming and declaring your vision. Go to the mountain top and shout it out. Shout it and mean it to silence every force working against the realization of your dreams.

This therapy was formulated by a Roman doctor whose patients were people whose cases were more psychological than medical. Every morning and evening he made them to repeat “every day and every way I’m getting better and better”. At first they took it to be a mere routine. But as time went on it dawned on their consciousness as conviction crept into them as they saw their conditions improving.

So from today onward, make a resolution to succeed by identifying your purpose, pursue it diligently working within a time frame, claim it as you saw it in your vision and silence your opposition by shouting it out.

In the race of life, you have the final say to whatever happens in your life. It’s what you say that stands. Don’t let anyone else speak to your situation, it’s your right. Don’t let any devil confuse you and steal the right from you. Do it now.

Nurture it to maturity

James Allen says “You must keep enduring day after day, never turning back and you will be successful”. After working it, you still have to nurture it to maturity. Just like a planted seed, you need to water it and care for it. So you need to water your talent with more work, more practice and concentration day after day.

The more you concentrate on what you are doing the more you live in the present. Concentration is the key to success in all facets of life. By increasing your level of concentration, you will be able to make wise observations. The journey may be long and arduous but never give up. Nurture it and one day you will realize that mastering your talents and fulfilling your dreams are the ultimate purpose of life. The rest is virtually and totally unimportant.

Ben Carson says “if you recognize your talents use them appropriately and choose a field that uses your talents, you will rise to the top of your field”.

The Moso is a bamboo plant that grows in China and the Far East. After the Moso is planted, no visible growth occurs for up to five years – even under ideal conditions. Then as if by magic, it suddenly begins to grow at the rate of nearly two and half feet per day, reaching a full height of 90 feet within six months.

But it’s not magic. The Moso’s rapid growth is due to miles of roots it develops during those first five years, five long years of nurturing. Andres Lara said “just because you haven’t reached maximum height in so many years, doesn’t mean that you cannot do it in a few weeks”.

This vital subject is fundamental to every form of human endeavours. Remember that as a champion does not make you one forever. You have to keep on the exercise track to maintain your championship; otherwise, you will be referred to as ex-champion, even while you are still breathing.