This post is for all my millennials out there.
There is something to be said about a person who manages and perfects a skill.
Unfortunately for our generation, this principle has been lost due to advancements in technology and the progress of social media.
To hone one’s gift or talent means to perfect one’s gift or talent until it becomes a very specialized skill. One that requires knowledge and the know how on how to properly use it in its given context.
What do I mean you ask?
Well let me explain. Let me use myself as an example.
Each of us has a unique set of skills and talents that enable us to both do and see things differently than the person sitting next to us. For example, one gift of mine is the ability to organize and manage. Now some of you may not see this as a gift, but if you’ve worked with different types of people you’d know that this is a gift many do not posses. So for me, the transition of turning my gift of organization and management into a skill was a process.
Your gift and or talent does not become a skill overnight. I know social media and reality TV have shown this false reality of pop culture stardom that unfortunately leads us to believe the notion that talent = automatic success and popularity. But the truth is- it does not.
You see, even those who become “overnight successes” really don’t become “successful” overnight. If you really think back on all of the people who had a “successful” moment in time, where are they now? Are they still “successful”?
Unfortunately, many are not.
So when you really think about it, skill, success, popularity, and true advancement does in fact take time. When you come to this realization and log off of social media, you realize that everyone has a talent or a gift. The question is, how is that talent or gift being used, and is it being perfected?
The answer to this question is why I am writing this post.
I was listening to a live stream sermon by Ebenezer Quaye from One Church LA this morning, and he was talking about honing your gift.
Now listen, we all have talents and gifts. If you don’t believe you have one you are missing it.
Think of something you are naturally good at doing (it can be anything). Like I said previously, I am naturally good at organizing and managing. Now, think of something you really enjoy doing (again it can be anything). For me, I really love traveling, singing and dancing. You see how none of these things have anything to do with one another. I am naturally good at organizing and prioritizing – but I actually enjoy doing other things.
Throughout my collegiate experience as an undergrad studying mechanical engineering, my gift of organizing and managing was being perfected. This wasn’t my plan- but it was God’s plan. I was just a big nerd who enjoyed math, solving problems, and working with my hands. Mechanical engineering honestly was the only degree I found any real interest in- that’s why I studied it. Now my enjoyment for traveling, singing and dancing was not experienced while I was studying engineering. By the grace of God, because I was perfecting a gift he had given me, he allowed me to travel every summer break (internships), I was able to sing eventually as I do now at church, and dance has always been apart of my life ( how I stay in shape).
Often times, we think that because we enjoy doing one thing that we can’t excel at doing another. This isn’t true. The gifts and talents given to you have a way of working themselves out for you when you perfect them.
I wrote in the beginning of this post that this was for my millennials out there. We often get a bad reputation because we are “dreamers”. We envision a thing and we want to go get it- usually at the expense of skipping the process of perfection. This process cannot be overlooked or abandoned- trust me. If you want to reach the dream you envision-working for yourself, making it to Hollywood- whatever your dream is, you have to learn to hone your gift. Perfect your talent into a skill– this creates stability.
I would have never been able to do what I am doing now, managing people and managing the logistics of a small business, had I not perfected my gift while I was in college.
Every job counts and every experience counts.
That annoying job with that annoying boss is teaching you something you will direly need in the future- discipline, work ethic, and patience. Don’t hate the experience you’re getting simply because you don’t like it.
Become perfect at the thing you hate and you will become a master at the thing you love.