Sitting On Your Talent
By: Steve Goodier
There was a man who played piano in a bar. He was a good
piano player. People came out just to hear him play. But
one night, a patron told him he didn’t want to hear him
just play anymore. He wanted him to sing a song.
The man said, “I don’t sing.”
But the customer was persistent. He told the bartender, “I’m
tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing!”
The bartender shouted across the room, “Hey buddy! If you
want to get paid, sing a song. The patrons are asking you
So he did. He sang a song. A piano player who had never sung
in public did so for the very first time. And nobody had ever
heard the song Mona, Mona Lisa sung the way it was sung that
night by Nat King Cole!
He had talent he was sitting on! He may have lived the rest
of his life as a no-name piano player in a no-name bar, but
because he had to sing, he went on to become one of the
best-known entertainers in America.
You, too, have skills and abilities. You may not feel as if
your ‘talent’ is particularly great, but it may be better
than you think! And with persistence, most skills can be
improved. Besides, you may as well have no ability at all
if you sit on whatever talent you possess! The better
question is not “What ability do I have that is useful?”
It is rather “How will I use whatever ability I have?”
What talent are you sitting on??
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