Sunday, September 5

Practice Makes Perfect

Very few people are born with their talents fully developed. I would even venture to say that no one is. There are many born with gifts that are left inside of them because for one reason or another they don’t feel compelled to share them. Maybe they are afraid they will not be good enough. Maybe their excuse is that there isn’t enough time for something that isn’t directly related to making a living or caring for our families. There are probably as many excuses as there are talents lying in hiding with which the world may never be blessed. I, for one, am grateful to all the masters of art, literature and music for how they enrich my life, but I am even more grateful for the still unknown talents that make my world a little better. They may not have been discovered for their gift, but their gifts mean the world to those in their world. Benjamin Franklin said, “Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?” You may not be the best, but you will never know what you have until you develop it to the best of your ability. Dave Weinbaum puts it as, “If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort.”

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