I’m a huge fan of leadership expert John C. Maxwell. I picked up one of his books Talent is Never Enough: Discover the Choices That Will Take You Beyond Your Talent, and as usual Maxwell has delivered. He’s a fantastic writer and teacher and provides a lot of real world examples and insights in all of his books — this book was no exception.
Talent is Never Enough is all about how to maximize your talent by making 13 key choices that make you a “talent-plus” person. He discusses how people put too much emphasis on talent alone when the truth is that there are many highly talented people who are not highly successful. He believes that everyone has talent, that we should all develop the talent we have versus the talent we want, and that we can all make the below 13 choices to stand out vs. stand alone.
Talent is only a starting point in business. We have to keep working on it to improve it. This has to occur in order to monetize. This post will discuss exactly why talent alone is not enough using the 13 key choices in Talent is Never Enough.
Belief elevates your talents.
“I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.” – Muhammad Ali
If you don’t believe in yourself, why should someone else? Belief unleashes a hidden power, in the form of affirmations.
Passion energizes our talents.
Passion pushes and stretches people. When you are passionate about something, that energy exudes out of you. People can recognize a fake, but genuine passion can be spotted from miles away.
Ambition activates your talent.
Alot of people have mountains of talent, yet do not know how to use it. Every journey begins with initiative. You must be willing to take the shot when it comes to your goals. If we do not take the initiative, then we will be waiting on the horn to go off. Well, news flash; that horn may never arrive! Why are you waiting for other people to motivate you? You should focus on what you can do today to accomplish your goals.
Focus on your talents.
Focus on productivity, not solely on activities. Many people are not focused on what they should be doing. For example what should you be doing right now?
- reading through your MLM’s compensation plan
- getting your next signee
- turning yourself from an amateur into a professional
Also, watch out for disctractions. They are productivity cancers.
Preparation positions your talent
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening my axe,” Abraham Lincoln
Practice sharpens your talents.
A great example of practice would be NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s pre-game routine. Curry practices various shots, and dribble moves…all what could occur during a game. He takes an extraordinary amount of time sharpening his skills.
In our industry, our practice comes in the form of rehearsal in the mirror. Simply having conversations serves as quality practice. Learn from the errors you make and make adjustments.
Perseverance sustains your talents
I like to think that it’s not over until I win. You fail your way to the top in this industry. The stamina you build from overcoming adversity and taking your next step when you believe nothing left. Life is going to happen, but you must push through adversity. Be glad that you still have life, and just go through it.
Courage tests your talents
This is the season of boldness. Push through the fear. The opposite of courage is conformity. Nothing good comes from conformity. Is your why big enough to sustain you?
Teachability expands your talent
You must be coachable. This industry will take you to places that are not known before.
Character protects your talent
Never let your talent take you somewhere your character can’t keep you. Stay consistent.
Relationships influence your talent.
Your team is important. The relationships you build are extremely important to your network marketing career. Teamwork makes the dream work. The relationships your develop are assets to your success.
Responsibility strengthens your talents
With success comes responsibility. You are responsible for someone else’s success. Do not stop at your goals, push through them and create new goals. Build a successful team. No one succeeds alone.
Remember, the ultimate measure of a business is it’s profit. If it does not make money, it does not make sense. You must monetize your talents. Eliminate all excuses, and go after your goals. Set a goal to make more money this week than you ever have in this business!
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