Talent Management: The difference between the Poor and the Rich

Talent Management

According to Maya Angelou,talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it’. There is no one on earth who doesn’t have the intrinsic ability to do something differently than others. Talent is what separates the poor and the rich. We know Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for playing football, Roger Federer for tennis, Michael Phelps for swimming, Usain Bolt for athletics and many more. 

Therefore, it is not an overstatement to say everyone has an ability to do something spectacularly. However, discovering that particular thing and polishing it is what will make us different from those that have the same ability. ‘It's not enough to be Hungarian, you must have talent too’ - Alexander Korda

How do you know you have a particular Talent?
Well, you might be lucky enough to see people help you discover your talent. They just noticed you have a flare for a thing or you do it better than others and they call your attention to it. However, it is best when you identify the things you can do well yourself. Some children don’t like schools, they just don’t grab anything in school, and they pretty find it hard what others find very easy in school. Provided that they are not lazy or just trying to run from school, it is suffice to say book might not be their way.

It is not only in school we acquire education. Look well and deeply into the children and their future, you will see one thing they love to do, probably writing stories, painting, playing ball, swimming, running, singing, dancing and the likes. No profession can be ridiculed as long as it is legit. What we think is stupid, some people actually do it to make money and they derive utmost satisfaction from it.

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Marilyn Monroe says, ‘A career is born in public—talent in privacy.’ Suffice to note that your talent might be an enviable one but still not enough to bring you into limelight. It might be the ability to play good football than Messi, but still not richer than Messi or popular than him. Aside luck and grace, hardwork is very important in bringing out talent. An anonymous speaker once says, ‘If talent doesn’t work hard, hard work will beat talent’. You might have the talent, but if someone who doesn’t is working harder than you, the person will beat you hands down. It is your talent that will make you popular and make ways for you. ‘A man’s gift makes ways for him’ – Bible.

How do you nurture your Talent?
Käthe Kollwitz says, ‘I do not want to die...until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.’ It is one thing to have a talent and use it, it is another thing to polish and nurture it. Aside the ability to do a thing, you must increase your knowledge of that thing. You might know how to sing naturally, don’t you think it will be better if you went to a Music School. 

You can play ball well, then go to a football academy to get you trained and prepared. You might know how to write fictions, then go and increase your knowledge in it and get updated. Never rest on your oars. Always try to be better on that thing each day. Else, you become analog and look as if you don’t actually know how to do it.

Do we make it only through Academic Schools?
Alan Sugar says, ‘I just have an aptitude towards business. It's something you can't learn at university.’ The simple answer to the question is No. Truly, you must have the ability to read and write and also be able to understand and interpret things. However, you don’t learn everything in school. No school teaches you how to make money. A school only teaches you how to be valuable in the society; how to fit in to varying conditions and how to be prepared for the future ahead of you. Making something out of your life is your own responsibility

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, all dropped out of the university and that didn’t limit or stop what they can become in life. They only identified their strength, polished it and started using it to make money. Thomas Wolfe says, ‘If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.

Is there a difference between Talent and Hardwork?
Aldous Huxley says, ‘There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.’ It might be difficult for you to delineate between Talent and Hardwork, however, there is a difference. Have you ever wondered why some struggled to do a thing and they need to sweat over it countless times before they got it right while some at any moment can do it without any challenge. Now, the first is not talent while the second is. When you have the talent to do a thing, you will do it with simplicity. I mean, you will do it at anytime you are called, you will do it right before the deadline.

We can’t all be the same, therefore, never envy people that do the things you find very hard easily; if you looked deep enough into yourself, you will see there are things you can do with ease and they struggle to get it done. A person can be the best student in your class while you are the last, but when it comes to strength, emotional intelligence, athletics, things that do not involve academics; you might be miles better than the person. 

We might not be good for all things, but we are good in certain things, yours is to identify your strength and your talent. You can check the story of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniack and discover their roles in setting up Apple. Steve Jobs never wrote a line of code before in his life, Wozniack did, so what was the role of Jobs himself, you can check it out here.

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The difference between the Poor and the Rich
According to Bob Marley, ‘They gave me star treatment because I was making a lot of money. But I was just as good when I was poor’ You can have a talent and be rich by the function and use of your talent, and you can as well have a talent and be poor by the virtue of the docility of your talent. Nature has been fair enough to you by giving you a talent, turning the talent to what can fetch you a living is solely your responsibility

The rich can identify talent, nurture it, use it to produce and sell it to make wealth, while the poor also has the same talent, however, moans all day, complains about his tools, blames the government, shouts on the authorities on not producing an enabling environment for him to thrive, while the government may have a blame, a bulk of it lies on you. The government not living up to expectation doesn’t affect you alone; if some could make it under the same government, then you can also make it. Just be up and doing.

I don't think success is harmful, as so many people say. Rather, I believe it indispensable to talent, if for nothing else than to increase the talent’ - Jeanne Moreau

Identify your talent, nurture it, look at what you can make out of it, fight so hard to get to the top, have the right attitude, be hardworking, and before you know it, your talent will make you rich.

And never let a goblet of gold
face the bright moon empty.
Heaven bred in me talents,
and they must be put to use
- Li Bo

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