David Navarro López

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Your Talent: What are you going to do with it?

Your Talent: What are you going to do with it?

b95e6f83.jpg"From Latin talentum, the notion of talent is linked to the ability or intelligence. It is the ability to exercise a certain occupation or to perform an activity. The talent is usually associated with the innate ability and creation, although it can also be developed with practice and training. The innate or inherited talent is retained for life, but can be enhanced with studies and practices. The acquired talent, however, must be exercised almost constantly.” Julián Pérez Porto y María Merino

Another interesting meaning of the word talent is that it was used as a monetary unit as in the ancient world. Depending on the era, a talent would be the value of twenty years of labour by an ordinary person.

Into the parable of the talents the fundamental teaching within the framework of Christianity is clear: that God has entrusted his gifts or talents to men with the obligation to develop them, expecting a fruitful response from every man, and fear, inactivity, excess of caution or cowardice, laziness, or simple conscious omission in to developing the received talents is criticized by Jesus himself. We all have innate talents
Our education, culture, and environment can bring out or on the contrary, mask them so that neither ourselves are able to recognize them.

On the other hand, the fact of having an innate talent does not mean that developing it has to be something exciting for us, and we might want to have another talent though not innate.

It could be useful to ask ourselves:

Did I discover all my innate talents?

And if so, What am I doing with them?

It would be very sad to reach the end of one's life and discover them when it is too late to develop them.

And if your innate talents do not "excite you", What are you waiting for to develop one that suits you?

Be ready to change, to challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid of challenges. Keep going on and on.

The secret resides on not being afraid to be wrong, and to know that it is a must to be humble to learn. If you don’t get it right the first time, analyze the causes, and try again with even more strength.

The world is the hand of those who are brave enough to dream and take the risk to live their own dreams.


David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #23

I believe we have hit the two boundaries of the issue. In my opinion, talent should be balanced between obligation and ego, between giving and receiving. Joy can be obtained by using your talents for the good of others, passin can grow if you see the talent growing and making others happy. You keep your talent for yourself, or do not use it at all, and see what happens.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #22

A wealth of insights Irene Hackett. Thanks for your response. I now am adding looking at the different states of consciousness related to the different states of awareness, including intent.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #21

Great perspective @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. You have given me more to think about.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #20

I do not see any incongruence with the term Talent Acquisition (you should see my ironical smile while writing these words) In fact, that precisely what they do. To give a price to something is priceless.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #19

David Navarro L\u00f3pez and @Parveen Raj Gullepalli#14 , in regards to this discussion I recommend the following book, The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. by Daniel Coyle, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/talent-code-daniel-coyle/1102658691. It looks at individuals, their approach and the environment they create that can "produce" talent.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #18

Latent talent is a very interesting concept. Sadly enough, recruiters/companies are not interested in it, as it would mean they would need to invest in someone to make flourish this talent. Nowadays, they prefer to take ready-to-use talent, even if a latent talent would be much more promising. They are only interested in the bottom line, take the maximum benefit with the less investment, if possible, none.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #17

Agreed, Irene Hackett: "My point - using our talent comes naturally as we let go of the story we build around it. If the story we built says we have no talent - the talent may not be expressed." I also appreciate you introducing the concept of will. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea of awareness without will though...it's tough to imagine for me how you can have awareness without will. From my perspective awareness is choosing to be open to what is taking place internally and/or externally, being conscious of the experience. Lots to think about. Thanks Irene.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #16

This is a really challenging question, dear Irene Hackett, "Maybe by thinking about our talent too much we create more ego around it? " In response to it, I would make another question: Maybe by thinking the talent is something it has been given to us as a gift and not the fruit of "our success", could make us think we should be doing somethng in return?

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #15

I am happy you liked it, Robert, and I am sure the lady you are mentioning felt she accomplished her targets in life. This is a common and very powerful feeling in mothers who really assume their role as mothers: to give from themselves for others, forgetting absolutely about themselves. In the case of my own mother, it has been like this. Now that my sister and myself are independent, and my father passed away already 8 years ago, she is still a very powerful minded person, so she is starting to think she has left aside her own talents, dreams or hobbies, and that now is time to go for them.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #14

Dear Praveen, your sharp mind and meaningful comments always add value to others buzzes, and I a grateful you do. Concerning to your words " the responsibility of discovering an innate talent early, in a child, is primarily the responsibility of parents or teachers", Sara Jacobovici posted in a very valuable post, https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sara-jacobovici/the-sensational-language-of-engagement, the following paradox:"In order for an infant to develop a sense of self as independent from others, it is dependent on the other to provide the environment in which to develop this sense." To your words "Praise is the poison that kills both talent and ability. Appreciation on the other hand, strengthens them." because the nuance it shows, is my opinion it worths a buzz on this matter. I can not be more in agreement with it.

CityVP Manjit

vor 7 Jahren #13

We are that talent and that is why I love the South African greeting SAWABONA - translates to "I see you" - and at the heart of learning that ability not just to see you but to SEE YOU is something I am trying to nurture here for my own journey. Now make the window of talent a mirror of talent and begin see yourself and in what we then see in others, the more we see in ourselves and naturally as that nurture flows from within us - I see you not as you but maybe even the you that you are not seeing. Now we can go deeper and look at the Indian greeting namaste or namaskar. This greeting has been westernized as our attitude to talent has been and we take it to be a nicety or a hello - but it is way more than that - just as the word talent has been reduced to a superficial view of competency, the word namaste as become an etiquette rather than a spiritual action. The spiritual action in greeting someone with namaste is to speak to the spirit rather than the transient flesh and blood of a person - and so this article on the meaning of namaskar is useful http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-living/how-should-we-greet/namaskar-namaste-meaning/ We do not pray to talent nor do we turn it into an object of worship, but we do practice fundamental idolatry, and in this regard this is not about westernized anything - it is our habit of worshiping the object, rather than freeing our nature. This is why when David references Christianity in his buzz, I welcome and embrace it fully, I do not have a hair-trigger politically correct aversion to it, I embrace it as insight and then expand the conversation by expanding the context. This is not religion I speak of, this is talent.

CityVP Manjit

vor 7 Jahren #12

In the pursuit of talent, talent is its own reward but it is in this matter of reward where I find it beneficial to link reward to surprise rather than to financial gain or promotion. The cream does not always rise to the top, sometimes it is the narcissist who rises to the top, because they know how to manipulate the system of talent. Narcissists can manipulate that system of talent because we arrive at places like beBee and LinkedIn with a restricted and branded view of talent. That is why when David connected the meaning of talent to a monetary unit (which is a fact as in weight of gold) and ends that paragraph with what Jesus would criticize, I interjected with the rise of prosperity preachers like Creflo Dollar. That is what the narcissist does, it is what the cult does - to draw the empath to the narcissist. At this level we are only addressing the present system of talent - and then we put this system of talent in the hands of functionaries called HR - which itself focuses on professional power and the promotion of the function of human resources as a professional force - accompanied by statements such as "we want a seat at the table". What we do far less of, is focus on the nature of talent and that is where surprise comes in. A beBee or a LinkedIn can become a directory of promoting talents, but it does not touch on latent talent, it does not touch on learning, which is our ability to surprise our own selves, as well as focus upon the nature of talent so we are open to appreciation i.e. to let us others surprise us. Then the hidden becomes nurtured and this world we live in is full of latent talent, not given expression because we follow a formula.

Robert Cormack

vor 7 Jahren #11

I've always believed that each one of us is talented. Whether we pursue our talent is a different story. I saw a video about people in an old age home. Before they passed away, they were asked if they had regrets. Almost all said they wished they'd done more with their lives. A woman wrote me an email one time in response to an article on this subject. She said: "You get married, you have kids, you put them through school, you pay off the mortgage. Job done." I can still imagine her smacking her hands together when she wrote: "Job done." Nice post, David.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #10

Perfect CityVP Manjit. You have been able with your comment to complete, to make whole, my concept of choice. Thank you.

CityVP Manjit

vor 7 Jahren #9

The innate talent of choice is the fundamental talent, it is the core heartbeat of talent, because we do not grow without each other. Without serving something of value (which is always in relationship to someone else) talent becomes meaningless.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #8

Congratulations David Navarro L\u00f3pez have skillfully (reflecting both your innate qualities and those you have worked hard on developing) brought together some crucial elements of, what I consider, the triadic relationship of human nature, process and dynamics. These elements are also triadic in nature; 1. homeostasis, 2. integration and 3. responsibility. I “liked” all comments because all these elements appear in each one. The phrases that stand out for me include those written by Manjit: “Talent then for me is this litmus test - a ph value of 7, neither deeply acidic or deeply alkaline.” I see this as a description of (1.) homeostasis. “…embracing a more (2.) integrated view and in my case make decisions with greater awareness.” I read awareness as (3.)responsibility. “When I look at talent I look at talent as a smile and not talent as a torture…Unless I become a prisoner of terrible circumstance, the talent which is a smile is the one that enhances life. The talent that is a torture is the one that diminishes life.” I think, Irene, that what Manjit has written here can be described as “Franklesque”. Frankl says, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Can we say then that we have an innate talent of choice and we have to use it responsibly?

CityVP Manjit

vor 7 Jahren #7

When I look at talent I look at talent as a smile and not talent as a torture. Where I am enhancing life the frame of diminishing is what someone else has chosen to do. Those whose decisions are destructive to those they lead, they are diminishers and not leaders. If I find myself with a diminisher then I have not done my homework, I have not done my due diligence, I may have been hasty to get the job or some favour, instead of asking questions to screen out diminishers. If we choose to bite the bullet then we have chosen to survive the diminsher - that is a choice also. Now, some people are indeed are unable to escape the toxic individual or the narcissistic diminisher due to economic considerations. I was born in a gang-land town in London, England - but I was lucky to have parents who kept me away from diminishers when we were children. Unless I become a prisoner of terrible circumstance, the talent which is a smile is the one that enhances life. The talent that is a torture is the one that diminishes life. Talent then for me is this litmus test - a ph value of 7, neither deeply acidic or deeply alkaline. So the frame is not what is wrong with the world, it is what is right with the world. All tests that we set for that frame must be our own litmus test. This means that I hold no aversion to listening to a Creflo Dollar or a Joel Osteen if what they say is food for thought, but in return I must not do that to others i.e. to set up an expectation that by helping them that God has compelled them to tithe me or compensate me. There is the ability of seeing when people deliver an enhancing view and when they deliver a diminishing view - that is my learning, and ultimately that assertive right which is my talent must be coupled with appreciation and not judgement. Torture is noting what does not work, a smile comes with noting what works. What is the point of making people smile if we have lost ours?

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #6

I like your words " a timeless whole". Society is hallucinated about economical success, whilst forgetting that the real success is enhancing ourselves as human beings, cultivating good human values instead of destroying them because of a better quarter report. In a long term, we agree in the same thing: the mentioned destructive behavior is only making humankind a worse specie.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #5

One more thing about "real life situations". Last week I have been abroad to give maintenance training on machines. Customer asked this additional training, as the machines were not giving the expected performance, and suspected that the operators were not capable to run the machines. What it came out of it is that the real problem was not the capabilities of the operators, but the lack of coordination between high management, responsibles and operators, across with the different departments. I spend one day on operational training, and four days on things that had nothing to do with machines, but with internal procedures of the customer itself. The bottom line has been that the third day the productivity was increased from 40% to 70%, and the last day reached the 98%. The GM said: "thank you David for showing us our weaknesses. You have helped us much more than we expected, not only with the machines" To which I had to respond, "it's ok, but don't tell my boss the details." Again, to enhance a talent, to use it, and to show it, can be three different things.

CityVP Manjit

vor 7 Jahren #4

This is also my motivation in reading this buzz, that I come to hear to expand my given talent and enhance in the process of learning and engage in practice so learning leads to action, and the resulting action is wiser from this enhancement. Most networks related to work are more focused on earning than they are learning, or yearning for identity rather than what we are earning from learning, where we are earning meaning and not just more money. A corrupt society is that thing we can point out, but to learn about our own conditioning is to better understand the nature of our talents and where that talent is best applied, but I really should be saying how my talent is best applied - and that is about embracing a more integrated view and in my case make decisions with greater awareness. The safest and laziest way of learning is to talk about what people are doing, not what it is we are learning. What we do is at the personal level our own business, but the shared space for me is best a learning space, and as I think out aloud here - it is not my purpose to inject a belief or a way for others - it is expressing my talent - not as a monetary unit but as a timeless whole.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #3

Dear Irene, your comments are always enlightening. You are throwing light to a fact. One can enhance a talent, and it does not mean necessarily that you make it "public". In my case, I work as a technician, most of the times my "dialogues" are with machines. For the most of my colleagues, to use my energies writing posts like I do here, trying to find out the reasons of human behavior, or any other similar to it, would not be accepted, or at least, would not make sense to them. But it makes sense to me, helps me to better understand questions appearing before my eyes, and in some occasions, enables me to connect with other people who has the same "affinities". I agree that "Expressing talent may be a luxury for some". If some of my colleagues would know about other skills I have, which I don't need to develop my daily work, they would probably feel threatened and think I would like to "grab their chair". This is why I keep some talents hidden from them. Which it does not mean I can not further enhance these talents.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #2

Sadly enough, corrupt society has always taken pure concepts to accomplish selfish purposes. My point on mentioning talent as its secondary meaning, is purely etymological, only to call the attention that the word talent has had always the meaning of something very valuable. The parable, in my opinion, is that together with becoming a talent, it comes a responsibility to expand it for the good. The more talent you get, the more responsibility you have. The ground motivation for writing this post is something I see in my day to day life: People who could expand their given talent and enhance themselves, opt to do nothing with it.

CityVP Manjit

vor 7 Jahren #1

I want to tread carefully here.. You are right to express that talent as a currency. http://christianity.about.com/od/glossary/a/Talent.htm This association is a very short trip to the prosperity gospel preached by tv evangelists like Creflo Dollar. That is why I introduce the Cleansing of the Temple as a counterpoint https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleansing_of_the_Temple and so when Jesus utilized his talents and the talents of his disciples, he did not become a millionaire, so the parable is not about how to accumulate money but faithfulness of service. This meaning should lead us to look at the scripture quote "‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away." Another way of me seeing this is how organization takes on a life of its own and multiplies its service, and at the heart of that exists this spirit of servant leadership. The difference then in talent for me is the difference between servant leadership and money changers. We presently live in a society of money changers, whether that be special interest, Wall Street, corporate excess etc whereas a Hewlett and Packard both were servant leaders in what was eventually called the The HP Way. Ultimately I connect this to the idea that "by their fruits they will be known" http://www.christianity.com/bible/disciples-of-jesus-are-known-by-their-fruit-11550555.html and that this article discusses what is actually meant by fruits. Talent then for me is connected with fruits. That is why I want to tread carefully, because otherwise talent as money is actually this http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/06/26/8-black-pastors-whose-net-worth-is-200-times-greater-than-folks-in-their-local-community/ and I am absolutely assured that you do not mean talent by this measure of conversion, but as a fruit to society.

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