YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL:
LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR TALENTS
When we were kids, my brother told me he could look into one of my ears and see out the other. Then I had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of my brain so I could do a firsthand story on the latest technology. I started the newspaper article with “My brother was wrong. There is something in there.” New brains have fantastic stored data and instincts governing our neurological systems, and amazing things are happening while we’re still in the womb.
Experts now are saying we might be developing our talents and language before birth. In a famous experiment by Anthony DeCasper and colleagues at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, mothers read the Dr. Seuss story, The Cat in the Hat, at regular intervals while they were pregnant. Newborns selected the reading they liked by sucking on a non-nutritive nipple. After a few trials, babies cleverly sucked at whatever speed was necessary to obtain their mother's voice reading "The Cat in the Hat."
Nevertheless, we needed outside stimuli to use our potential. Children who are given no attention often don’t learn to sit, walk, or talk. We learn all our lives, often imitating other people. No matter how much natural talent and ability we have, we will never achieve much until we grow it into something greater. When you listen to a famous person use their talents, think about how the celebrity achieved fame. Success is always wrapped in what people do every day.
Consider the Jonas Brothers. Nicholas Jonas started memorizing lines and acting at age seven. His brothers joined him in music and performance. Before they toured and sold millions of albums they spent hours and hours developing their talents. Then they studied, practiced, and rehearsed some more.
They had goals in mind, believed God was with them, and developed their talents through trial and error, lessons, practice, study, work, practice, and more practice.
Talent is like a diamond; it isn't beautiful until it's polished.
Music isn’t the only gift God can use greatly. Hundreds of careers are available, and sometimes God surprises us with how He uses talent.
Will Kellogg, the younger brother of Dr. John Kellogg, in the nineteenth century left a pot of boiled wheat to stand, and the wheat softened. The brothers worked at a charity and didn’t want to waste food, so they rolled the wheat and let it dry, hoping they could make it edible.
When the rolled wheat dried, each grain became a large, tasty flake. The brothers kept experimenting with other grains and discovered corn flakes.
Ask God to help and direct your life. Then decide what talents to develop and get to work
Then, don't quit. Often it is the less talented and gifted who achieve great things because they won’t stop working toward their goals—no matter how many obstacles they face or how often they face rejection or disappointment. On the other hand, greatly talented people can go to their graves without doing anything of significance.
What makes the difference?
We decide to take what we were born with and grow it into something greater.
Imagine the future you. Let God lead you. Your work will be rewarded.
©Ada Brownell January 2014
Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and write books with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Among her books: Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study (November 2013). Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, (Jan. 15, 2013); Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, (Dec. 6, 2011); and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.
Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
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IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU
By Ada Nicholson Brownell
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Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?
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