Talent, some say talent is the most overrated quality a man can own.  Things like effort, persistence, loyalty, toughness and certainly hope; “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things”.  I like words like resilient, focus, positive attitude, toughness, I’m sure there are more that cross your mind as you’re reading this blog, but talent?  I’ve seen lots of talent wasted over the years in athletics, although we search for it every year trying to recruit the best available to us.  Sometimes we succeed in getting it and sometimes we don’t.  Often times, we find that our best talent acquisition is the guy we spotted a little lower on the talent chart but really high on some of the aforementioned gifts.  The best player I ever coached was 5’6” and weighed 144 pounds soaking wet, he had long hair, blue eyes and itty bitty hands.  There wasn’t a play he couldn’t run, a pass he couldn’t catch, a moment he couldn’t rise to the occasion for; yes, he had some talent, but, what made him great was his heart.  In the first book of Samuel it says this:

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Mother Theresa said to love until it hurts, then love some more until it stops hurting.  What are all the things we could accomplish in this world that takes no talent at all?  Men whom we look  to for leadership principles always have something to say about  – the little things!  Who’s accomplishing “stuff” that no one wants to do; or, that makes everyone else’s life just a little bit better?  Might be a good place to start the process for talent acquisition.  I know you gotta have big guys up front, fast guys behind and a really sharp guy calling the signals, so talent is a factor; but, the grand distinction of success will always be such, when we accomplish all the things that take no talent at all.   Ain’t it so

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