“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage” -Sydney Smith
He trembled a bit as he approached the microphone. His thoughts crystalized into a profound truth.
I have a been unemployed for several years. I have many talents. I have much to offer this community.
Just a statement. He had no ask. He didn’t elaborate on such talents. He sat down.
I felt tears well up for this man about whom I knew so little. Sure his story is complex. Whose story isn’t?
Later I asked him for more. The man indeed has many talents. His light was shining under a bushel, and he was speaking up.
How many times have you felt that way?
- “Why can’t they see my gifts?”
- “Why wasn’t I asked?”
- “I have more to give”
Who’s holding you back? You or they? When’s the last time you picked up a “microphone” and shared what you have to offer?
Today, I ask each of us to pause and consider.
- What are your many talents?
- Which 3 talents do you offer up the most?
- Which 3 stay hidden away?
Sure your story is complex.
What would be different if you spoke them into a microphone for your community to hear?
What would change? … for you? … for your community?