Talent Is Not Enough
There are times when one will wonder what the heck is going on. One sees people with equal or lesser talent move ahead, not something I have ever cared about as I don’t care to compare to anyone in terms of my life, but there are those who will and it can be very frustrating.
Talent, skill is important, not saying it is not, but that is only a small piece of the puzzle. There is more to succeeding, realizing your dreams, deepest potential, dreams and desires in connection to that and your gifts, talents. What are they? Some you might guess, some you might not. One is a connection to something greater than self, could be nature, faith, community, for me it is my connection to Christ in a broad sense and Judaism, love of Israel, working through, with Hadassah. Each of us has to find that for ourselves in a very healthy and balanced way. The other think people assume is lots of money is necessary to move your dreams forward. No, not with sights like Fiverr, SEO Clerks, you can get a lot done on a shoestring budget and with shared office space if you can learn to have people skills, still be yourself, having an office is not that expensive. These are the nitty gritty, nuts and bolts of it. Then there is the aspects of it that perhaps one might not realize, that I did not even realize until more recently really. One thing you need to really move forward is baggage free mature spirituality, along with an open heart and soul, especially if you want to be an artist, even if it’s to be a songwriter for hire. Being a pure intellectual will make you well, a great reader, maybe a great orator, maybe a solid debater, but nothing else as far as a human being goes, so if you have a lot of baggage that you have not released dealt with and use academia and all that or even artistic work to escape facing and releasing the baggage constructively, it will destroy you. I have observed this and it is not pretty, not at all. That means also not being in toxic situations, relationships and all that because if you are, it is draining you and all that energy being drained because of that is not being used for your talents, your vocation, your spiritual growth. Toxic, miserable etc… situation, not good for positive development in any way, neither is toxic baggage of any kind. Positive energy flow is important to have, not that you should not have empathy, awareness of what can be improved in the world, but that is different than carrying crap and baggage that slowly kills you, turns you into a skeleton of a person, nearly destroys you, or paralyzes you career and talent wise because of the stress being so enormous. I have seen it, and to some extent experienced it myself, so positive energy flow is crucial.
A key element in all of this, in success besides any gifts or talent, is partnerships, the right ones. We all need to come out of the box, out of our comfort zone, be encouraged, nudged to do so in some way. It is crucial to have the right partners to care enough to do that for us, to help us come out of the box, recognize our potential, maybe even before we ourselves do, and to really help us fly with it. the right partnerships with the right people, those who compliment us personality wise, talent wise etc… is really important. Maybe we require someone to help us move with the times, or to come out of toxic thinking etc…. Without the right partnerships on a day to day basis personal and professional, all the talent in the world won’t help us get to the next level because it really is a lot about people, relationships, partnerships, the right one’s for us to fly. Hopefully, we can be through meditation, prayer a magnet for that, recognize and accept such partnerships when they are presented to us.
Namaste, Shalom and Amen