Work on Your Gift!

MichelangeloMost of us have seen and marveled at the skill of the artist Michelangelo. He is the famous sculptor and painter that created the Statue of David, Pieta, and the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to name just a few. You may be surprised to know that his advice to the world is to work on your gift. What do I mean by that? Even Michelangelo needed to spend time honing his skill as an artist. He is quoted for saying the following: “If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful“. This statement is powerful to me. We all need to work on our skills. Even the best have to develop and improve. Do we think that gifted people just start out being the best at their art? This is extremely rare and perhaps it doesn’t exist.

If the best need to work on their gift, then we should take this advice and do the same. What does this mean? I think it can mean a number of things. If you are a speaker, you should attend some speaking classes to improve your skills. At the very least you should ask someone to critique your speaking and give you some feedback. Perhaps even hiring a speaking coach would be a great idea. If you are a business owner, it might make sense to have a consultant evaluate your business and give you some feedback about your processes. A mechanic should get regular training on new technology and even reminders about the fundamentals. Athletes need coaches, musicians need coaches and we all need constructive criticism.

Have you discovered what your gift is? Are you working on it? What are the things you are doing to improve? Leave a comment below. I would be happy to share ideas with you!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!