talent is never enough

Talent Is Never Enough You cannot sustain on talent alone The following are 13 traits of a talented person Based upon John C. Maxwell’s book

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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.


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Talent Is Never EnoughYou cannot sustain on talent alone

The following are 13 traits of a talented personBased upon John C. Maxwell’s book

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“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.”

– Sophia Loren

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Belief Lifts Your Talent

“We cannot live in a way that is inconsistent with

our expectations for ourselves.”

- John Maxwell

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Passion Energizes Your Talent

• Passion is the fist step to achievement

• Passion increases willpower

• Passion produces energy

• Passion is the foundation for excellence

• Passion is the key to success

• Passion makes a person contagious

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Initiative Actives Your Talent

• Accept responsibility for your life

• Examine your reason for not initiating

• Focus on the benefits of completing a task

• Share your goal with a friend who can help you

• Break large tasks down into smaller ones

• Allocate specific times to tasks you might procrastinate

• Remember, preparation includes doing

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There are Four kinds of people:

• People who do the right thing without being told

• People who do the right thing when told

• People who do the right thing when told more than once

• People who never do the right thing, no matter what

Where do YOU fit into this?

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Focus Directs Your Talent

• Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot

• Focus doesn’t come naturally to most people

• Focus increases your energy

• Focus lifts you

• Focus expands your life

• Focus must be intentionally sustained

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Suggestions for improving focus:

• Be intentional – Make every action count

• Challenge your excuses

• Don’t let yesterday Hijack your attention

• Focus on the present

• Stay focused on results

• Develop and follow your priorities

• Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses

• Delay rewards until the job is done

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Five people you will likely encounter in life:

1. Refreshers – They inspire your dreams and energize your talents.

2. Refiners – They sharpen your ideas and clarify your vision.

3. Reflectors – They mirror your energy, neither adding or subtracting from it.

4. Reducers – They try to reduce your vision and efforts to their comfort level. 5. Rejecters – They deny your talent, hinder your efforts, and impede your vision.

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Preparation Positions Your Talent

• Preparation allows you to tap into your talent

• Preparation is a process, not an event

• Preparation precedes Opportunity

- Three steps to preparation1. Assessment – Am I evaluating correctly2. Alignment – Am I lined up correctly3. Attitude – Am I visualizing correctly

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Practice Sharpens Your Talent

“Excellence is an art won by training and habitation…

We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristole

• Practice Enables Development

• Practice leads to discovery

• Practice demands discipline

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Perseverance Sustains Your Talent“Think things through, then follow through”

- Eddie Rickenbacker• Perseverance means succeeding because you are determined, not destined.

• Perseverance recognizes life is not a long race, but many short ones in succession

• Perseverance is needed to release most of life’s rewards

• Perseverance has a compounding effect of life

• Perseverance means not stopping because you are tired but because the task is done

• Perseverance doesn’t demand more than we have, but all that we have

To persevere …Find Purpose - Eliminate Excuses - Develop Stamina

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Courage Tests Your Talent

Our courage will be tested…

When our convictions, once expressed are challenged

When learning and growing will display our weakness

When we take the high road and others treat us badly

When being out front makes us an easy target

Whenever we face obstacles to our progress

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Teachability Expands Your Talent

“Talented people often think they know it all. And that makes it more difficult for them to continually

expand their talent” – John Maxwell

• Nothing is interesting if you are not interested

• Successful people view learning differently from those who are unsuccessful

• Learning is meant to be a lifelong pursuit

• Talented people can be the toughest to teach

• Pride is the number one hindrance to Teachability

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Character Protects Your TalentThrough;

• Self discipline

• Core values

• A sense of identity

• Integrity

3 things to remember:1. Don’t give up or in to adversity2. Do the right thing3. Take control of your life

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Relationships Influence Your Talent

“ Surround your self with people who add value to you and encourage you, and your talent will go in a positive direction” -

John Maxwell

• Some relationships take from us• Some relationships add to us• Some relationships are pivotal in our lives

Solid Signs:• Mutual enjoyment• Respect• Shared experiences• Trust• Reciprocity

Building Talent-Plus relationships• Identify the most important people in your life• Assess whether they are influencing you in the right direction • If your friends aren’t friends, make new ones

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Responsibility Strengthens Your Talent

• Start wherever you are

• Choose your friends wisely

• Stop blaming others

• Make tough decisions and stand by them

• Live beyond yourself

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Teamwork Multiplies Your Talent

“One is too small a number to achieve greatness” ~ John Maxwell

• Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect

• Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships

• Teamwork is not about you

• Adding value to others adds value to you

• Include the team in your dream

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“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.”

– Sophia Loren