Successful People Develop Their Natural Talents

Commitment to taking personal responsibility for your success is one of the keys to career and life success that is part of my Common Sense Success System.  I discuss it in several of my books: Straight Talk for Success, Your Success GPS, and 42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success.  If you want to succeed, you must commit to three things.  First, you must take personal responsibility for your success.  Only you can make you a success.  You need to be willing to do the things necessary to succeed.  Second, you must set high goals — and then do whatever it takes to achieve them.   Third, stuff happens; as you go through life you will encounter many problems and setbacks.  You need to react positively to the negative stuff and move forward toward your goals.

The other day I saw a great quote on line.  “What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”  It was from Eleanor Powell.  If you don’t know Ms. Powell, she was a well known dancer and actress who appeared in many musicals in the 1930s and 1940s.  She was a good dancer, but an amazing tap dancer.  In her day, she was known as “the world’s greatest tap dancer.”

I love the quote – it gets at the heart of commitment to taking personal responsibility for your life, career and success.  God (or the universe, if you are so inclined) gives each of us certain talents and abilities.  It is up to us to take those talents and abilities that we have been given and develop them, make full use of them.  This is our gift back to God (or the universe).

Eleanor Powell was given the gift of dance.  She began dancing in Vaudeville when she was 11 and was on Broadway when she was 17.  She developed her God given dancing talent to a very high level.

I have been given several gifts – the ability to write clearly, the ability to simplify the complex, empathy and common sense.  I’ve worked hard to develop these gifts.  I use them to help others grow and develop and to create the successful lives and careers they want and deserve.  I believe that I owe it to myself, God and the people who read what I write and avail themselves of my coaching services to keep learning, growing and developing my skills.

That’s why I started blogging.  It gives me a chance to use and develop my writing skills, and my ability to simplify complex things, like creating a successful life and career.  I created my Common Sense Success System for the same reasons – to continue to develop my skills and to help others.  It is my gift to God and others.

The common sense point here is simple.  Successful people commit to taking personal responsibility for their lives and careers.  As Eleanor Powell said, “What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”  She took personal responsibility for using her God given dance talent to become the world’s greatest tap dancer, and become a vaudeville, Broadway and Hollywood star.  What are your God given talents?  What have you done to develop them?  Commit to taking personal responsibility for developing your talents.  It’s the best way to thank God for giving them to you, to help others, and to create the successful life and career you want and deserve.

That’s my take on committing to developing your talents.  What’s yours?  Please take a few minutes to leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us.  As always, thanks for reading.


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  1. Hello Bud,

    Great article on talents and success. I’m writing a book about living your magic life and I came across your blog during my research on gifts. Fantastic! Keep up the good work.

    Thank you,

  2. Thanks for your kind words Nana.
    Good luck with your book.
    Please let me know if their is anything I can do to help you.
    All the best,

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