Success Lesson From An Acrobat At Butlins
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
It’s the first day of September here, yes the first of the ‘ber’ months that highlight the fact that the year is gradually winding down and coming to an end.
I went away with my family to the north of England for the weekend and while we had great fun or at least the children did there was something that got my attention that I felt I should share with you.
One of the many attractions was an acrobats act and there was this guy who was doing an amazing balancing act, he was handstanding on stilts and he kept increasing the height of by putting on flat plates and then adding on more stilts. He kept on adding and adding on till my wife couldn’t handle it and had to look away.
Well I sat there thinking, ‘why is she looking away?’ This guy is obviously an expert and has spent time honing his skills and perfecting his act. He’s not going to fall off.
Then I thought to myself, what if I had put in the same amount of time that he had put into developing that skill, would I be as good as that? And the answer I came up with was a big fat NO.
Why is it that putting in the same level of effort as this guy I could not be as good as the guy?
The simple answer to that is I’m not gifted in that area.
I remember as a 12 year old in high school, I used to envy those guys who were really good at art,at the time they were drawing cartoon characters and musicians, they were really brilliant and I made up my mind that I was going to pour myself into being a brilliant artist myself.
I used to hang out with them, watch them to learn how they did what they did and spent hours a day developing my art skills.
Did I improve? Of course I did, what do you take me for?
I moved from being awfully terrible to being just terrible after almost a year at it.
I eventually gave up when one day my 8 year old younger sister who had zero art training at the time,drew something I had attempted to draw earlier and her work was so much better than mine it was so embarassing.
That was my wake up call. I realised the folly of investing time and energy in my weakness rather than my strengths.
So what does this mean to you?
The simple question you need to ask yourself is what are you investing yout time and efforts to develop? Your talents or your hobby.
There is nobody that is good at everything but we are all good at something.
Solomon said ‘a man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men’.
What do Richard Branson, Usain Bolt, Zig Ziglar and Rihanna have in common? They all identified their gifts and worked very hard at polishing their gifts until they became the stars that they all are today.
One of the things I have said to my clients over the years is you cannot train a person to be talented, you can only develop the talent someone brings to the table.
So my advice to you is to identify your talents, whatever they are. What are those things you do with ease that other people struggle at?
Don’t be like me working hard at something because other people are good at it. You are a unique and special person and as you work on your gifts, they will make room for you and bring you to a place of prominence.
See you at the top.