Whether or not you discover your talents and passions is partly a matter of opportunity. If you've never been sailing, or picked up an instrument, or tried to teach or to write fiction, how would you know if you had a talent for these things?
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Give, give, give — what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.
One thing I've learned is that I'm not the owner of my talent; I'm the manager of it.
In the large cities that received new Americans, there flowered a golden age of restaurants, manned by the available talent from abroad and fueled by the restless wealth of the newly rich.
Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen's faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.
Hard work pays off — hard work beats talent any day, but if you're talented and work hard, it's hard to be beat.
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Talent — quotes and aphorisms
I was not naturally talented. I didn't sing, dance or act, though working around that minor detail made me inventive.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
I praise the Lord here today. I know that all my talent and all my ability comes from him, and without him I'm nothing and I thank him for his great blessing.
Football is football and talent is talent. But the mindset of your team makes all the difference.