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Talent Is Never Enough


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A presentation I put together based upon another book I have read by John C Maxwell, "Talent Is Never Enough." The book examines the question of why people with mediocre talent go further than those who are extremely talented. These are incites that I hope to share with every artist I have worked with in addition to anyone I may work with in the future.

Talent Is Never Enough

  1. 1. Talent Is Never Enough<br />You cannot sustain on talent alone<br />The following are 13 traits of a talented person<br />Based upon John C. Maxwell’s book <br />
  2. 2. “Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with the inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.”<br />– Sophia Loren<br />
  3. 3. Belief Lifts Your Talent<br />“We cannot live in a way that is inconsistent with<br />our expectations for ourselves.”<br />- John Maxwell <br />
  4. 4. Passion Energizes Your Talent<br /><ul><li> Passion is the fist step to achievement
  5. 5. Passion increases willpower
  6. 6. Passion produces energy
  7. 7. Passion is the foundation for excellence
  8. 8. Passion is the key to success
  9. 9. Passion makes a person contagious</li></li></ul><li>Initiative Actives Your Talent<br /><ul><li> Accept responsibility for your life
  10. 10. Examine your reason for not initiating
  11. 11. Focus on the benefits of completing a task
  12. 12. Share your goal with a friend who can help you
  13. 13. Break large tasks down into smaller ones
  14. 14. Allocate specific times to tasks you might procrastinate
  15. 15. Remember, preparation includes doing</li></li></ul><li>There are Four kinds of people:<br /><ul><li> People who do the right thing without being told
  16. 16. People who do the right thing when told
  17. 17. People who do the right thing when told more than once
  18. 18. People who never do the right thing, no matter what</li></ul>Where do YOU fit into this?<br />
  19. 19. Focus Directs Your Talent<br /><ul><li> Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot
  20. 20. Focus doesn’t come naturally to most people
  21. 21. Focus increases your energy
  22. 22. Focus lifts you
  23. 23. Focus expands your life
  24. 24. Focus must be intentionally sustained</li></li></ul><li>Suggestions for improving focus:<br /><ul><li> Be intentional – Make every action count
  25. 25. Challenge your excuses
  26. 26. Don’t let yesterday Hijack your attention
  27. 27. Focus on the present
  28. 28. Stay focused on results
  29. 29. Develop and follow your priorities
  30. 30. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses
  31. 31. Delay rewards until the job is done</li></li></ul><li>Five people you will likely encounter in life:<br />1. Refreshers – They inspire your dreams and energize your talents. <br />2. Refiners – They sharpen your ideas and clarify your vision.<br />3. Reflectors – They mirror your energy, neither adding or subtracting from it.<br />4. Reducers – They try to reduce your vision and efforts to their comfort level.<br />5. Rejecters– They deny your talent, hinder your efforts, and impede your vision.<br />
  32. 32. Preparation Positions Your Talent<br /><ul><li> Preparation allows you to tap into your talent
  33. 33. Preparation is a process, not an event
  34. 34. Preparation precedes Opportunity</li></ul>- Three steps to preparation<br />1. Assessment – Am I evaluating correctly<br />2. Alignment – Am I lined up correctly<br />3. Attitude – Am I visualizing correctly<br />
  35. 35. Practice Sharpens Your Talent<br />“Excellence is an art won by training and habitation…<br />We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristole<br /><ul><li> Practice Enables Development
  36. 36. Practice leads to discovery
  37. 37. Practice demands discipline</li></li></ul><li>Perseverance Sustains Your Talent<br />“Think things through, then follow through”<br /><ul><li>Eddie Rickenbacker
  38. 38. Perseverance means succeeding because you are determined, not destined.
  39. 39. Perseverance recognizes life is not a long race, but many short ones in succession
  40. 40. Perseverance is needed to release most of life’s rewards
  41. 41. Perseverance has a compounding effect of life
  42. 42. Perseverance means not stopping because you are tired but because the task is done
  43. 43. Perseverance doesn’t demand more than we have, but all that we have</li></ul>To persevere …<br />FindPurpose - Eliminate Excuses - Develop Stamina<br />
  44. 44. Courage Tests Your Talent<br />Our courage will be tested…<br /> When our convictions, once expressed are challenged<br /> When learning and growing will display our weakness<br /> When we take the high road and others treat us badly<br /> When being out front makes us an easy target<br /> Whenever we face obstacles to our progress<br />
  45. 45. Teachability Expands Your Talent <br />“Talented people often think they know it all. And that makes it more difficult for them to continually expand their talent”<br />– John Maxwell<br /><ul><li> Nothing is interesting if you are not interested
  46. 46. Successful people view learning differently from those who are unsuccessful
  47. 47. Learning is meant to be a lifelong pursuit
  48. 48. Talented people can be the toughest to teach
  49. 49. Pride is the number one hindrance toTeachability</li></li></ul><li>Character Protects Your Talent<br />Through; <br /><ul><li> Self discipline
  50. 50. Core values
  51. 51. A sense of identity
  52. 52. Integrity</li></ul>3 things to remember:<br />1. Don’t give up or in to adversity<br />2. Do the right thing<br />3. Take control of your life<br />
  53. 53. Relationships Influence Your Talent<br />“ Surround your self with people who add value to you and encourage you, and your talent will go in a positive direction” - John Maxwell<br /><ul><li> Some relationships take from us
  54. 54. Some relationships add to us
  55. 55. Some relationships are pivotal in our lives</li></ul>Solid Signs:<br /><ul><li>Mutual enjoyment
  56. 56. Respect
  57. 57. Shared experiences
  58. 58. Trust
  59. 59. Reciprocity</li></ul>Building Talent-Plus relationships<br /><ul><li>Identify the most important people in your life
  60. 60. Assess whether they are influencing you in the right direction
  61. 61. If your friends aren’t friends, make new ones</li></li></ul><li>Responsibility Strengthens Your Talent<br /><ul><li> Start wherever you are
  62. 62. Choose your friends wisely
  63. 63. Stop blaming others
  64. 64. Make tough decisions and stand by them
  65. 65. Live beyond yourself</li></li></ul><li>Teamwork Multiplies Your Talent<br />“One is too small a number to achieve greatness”<br />~ John Maxwell<br /><ul><li> Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect
  66. 66. Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships
  67. 67. Teamwork is not about you
  68. 68. Adding value to others adds value to you
  69. 69. Include the team in your dream</li></li></ul><li>“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with the inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.”<br />– Sophia Loren<br />