You must use your talents

I’m back.

After a year’s hiatus, I have decided to restart this blog and do again what I had loved doing. Moreover, I was using my talent and there is nothing more important than that. Let me explain.

According to the Parable of the Talents that Jesus told to his disciples, each of the servants received a varying sum of money (talents) from their master. Apparently, the master knew his servants well, what each of them were capable of doing and not. And so he entrusts to each a certain amount of money, “each according to his ability” (Matt 25:15). By entrusting them a measure of resource that corresponds to their abilities means that little will be lost due to incompetence or negligence. I believe that the master was looking at ABILITY and ATTITUDE. This explains his evaluation of the two servants at his return: “GOOD and FAITHFUL”. More on this later.

Your ability is the sum total of your education, training, experience and…talent. The first three – education, training and experience – is constantly being added into your life. But your talent is what you were born with, and will certainly die with. The question, in the final analysis, is “What have you done with your talent: Have you used it, or have you wasted it?” The correct relationship between education, training, experience and talent should be that the first three aligns with the fourth, and not the other way around. Sadly, for many, what they do on a daily basis, their jobs and careers, do not engage or utilise their talents. Theirs, consequently, is a passionless existence, a daily grind. On the contrary, when you put your talent first, you will end up doing something you really love. And, in the words of Marc Anthony, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” What’s more, when you are using your talent, success follows close behind. This was what happened to the two servants in the parable.

One might think that the master was being unfair not to give to each servant the same amount. That’s because the money was not given to them but entrusted to them for a purpose. In his narrative of this parable, Luke includes the command given by the master to the servants. He said, “Do business with these until I come back”. (Luke 19:13) What this means is that

we are to turn our talents into a business.

But it is easier than it sounds.

Say, if I gave you a check of $10 million dollars today and told you to pursue a career path or start any business you wanted to, with no expectation that you would ever pay me back or generate a return on my investment, what career you would pursue or what business would you want to begin? Sadly, for most people, the tendency would be to gravitate towards a career that would be a safe bet to a steady income. While this isn’t necessarily wrong, it shouldn’t be the default setting in your mind. It is understandable that for a start you might need to just get a job that pays enough to cover your expenses, to keep you alive. Use the time that you are employed to discover your talent and passion. Acquire knowledge and skills that align with it and plan for the career of your dreams.

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