I couldn’t have come up with a better title for this book than this one; it’s simple and straightforward. If you have never read this book I encourage you to look for it, especially if you are a young person.
It’s disappointing to see most young people set themselves up for failure especially coming out of school and getting into the real world. Many of them have the false belief that they are set for life just because they have great talents or superior abilities to others.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If talent is all it took to be successful in life why is it that not everyone in life is successful? Take some time to really think about that. We’ve heard about great athletes in sports who’ve ended up in prison and some who’ve ended up dead despite all the fame and glory that they seemed to have. As a result they didn’t realize their full potential.
There are others that didn’t really have a lot going on in their lives but eventually became some of the biggest success stories the world has seen. What could be the difference between those that fail and those that experience great success. The difference comes down to the CHOICES that we make.
If you are familiar with the tale of the tortoise and the hare you will know what this book is about. The hare by its very nature is sharp and fast. The tortoise on the other hand is not so sharp and pretty slow. The hare challenged the tortoise to a race through the woods “knowing” that he was going to win the race anyway.
Needless to say they started the race and immediately the hare opened up a significant lead over the hare because of his natural pace and kept going. Somewhere along the line, after the tortoise was out of sight the hare decided to take a nap because there was no way the tortoise was going to catch up with him, right? Meanwhile the tortoise was doing his part, one step after another.
The hare woke up to loud cheers that really surprised him. He heard the other animals cheering and celebrating at the finish line and he found this very strange. To his dismay he realized that the tortoise had beat him to the finish line and was left in utter shock.
In, “Talent Is Never Enough” John C. Maxwell breaks down the 13 choices that we need to make in order to realize our full potential. If you are a parent this is a book I’d recommend you get your children to read. They will be head and shoulders above their peers if they do and implement the lessons found in this book.
A few key lessons you will get from this book are
- Belief lifts your talent
- Focus directs your talent
- Preparation positions your talent
- Character protects your talent, and more!!
If you have read this book we would love to hear what you learned in the comments below. If you haven’t I urge you once again to look for it and read it. It will significantly change your mindset and set you up for success.