To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. -Matthew 25:15-18
As an English Major in my undergrad, I spent countless hours reading books, proofreading papers… and making regular trips to the tutoring center.
Why tutoring, you ask?
Well… let’s just say that this girl’s writing [thumbs pointing inward] needed a bit of work.
I spent an entire semester with dedicated twice-a-week tutoring sessions where I would have my papers scrutinized with a generous amount of criticism. And I do mean generous!
But, boy did they whip me into shape. I went from not understanding the purpose of a thesis to focusing on one consecutive topic throughout an entire 20-page-paper… Even when my brain wanted to go in 20 different directions at all times!
At the same time, I had a fair share of:
- reviewing classmates’ [amazing] papers
- heard some very well-spoken individuals, and
- met some insightful people who bought out a whole new meaning to texts I read so plainly.
These guys, no doubt, were incredibly inspiring. And although, it is tempting to play the comparison game, I knew that we were never designed to place our own value based on someone else’s talents. My creative talents just looked a little different and needed some TLC to grow the gifts that were given to me [did that just rhyme?].
Here’s a tip to show your gifts or talents some TLC- Brave it and ask the super talented person questions.
Even though Google search tools have made research more easily accessible, I find there is something special about:
- an ear to listen
- sound feedback
- and maybe even a “me too” moment. I cannot tell you how many countless “me too” moments that have catapulted me from point A to C!
You will find, more times than not, people are so willing to help and coach if you would only ask.
Maybe you have gifts and talents that you value too small to have any worth. Or, maybe you are terrified of the scrutiny of stepping out. [Trust me, I know the feeling!] However, if you never exercise that talent, you will never know what it will become.
Take the small steps and let your gifts and talents grow!
What are some steps that you are willing to make to invest in your talents?