Talent is captivating, seductive and inspiring.
We are left speechless by the beauty of Michelangelo’s sculpture.
We become riveted and enthralled by Adele’s angelic voice.
We double over in laughter by the comedic genius of Robin Williams.
We are captivated and awed by the performances of Cirque du Soleil.
The purpose of this message is not to minimize nor denigrate the need for talent…but to emphasize and exalt qualities independent of talent which, when practiced, add value to others and ourselves.
While the following traits are not a comprehensive list…they are among the most prominent qualities that require zero talent and which lead to a rich, happy and fulfilled life.
Setting a good example
Making good choices
Learning from mistakes
Listening for understanding
Looking on the bright side
Showing up on time
Doing the right thing
Committing to excellence
Going the extra mile
Accepting constructive criticism
All of these qualities are soft skill choices…choices that require no one to choose us or give us permission.
The best part?
They are free.
Zero talent required.
Gary Ryan Blair