It’s more than talent…

On June 28, 2012 by Tyler Reagin

There is a phrase that I’ve been saying for years to many of the young guys that I have coached or mentored.  It’s simple yet so hard for us to believe or really fight for.  Many of the guys will tell me that they agree, but it’s way harder to work on than it is to agree with the statement.

Here it is:

Talent is important, but what’s more important is that people WANT to work with you.

I am convinced that the most talented musicians, production, artists, etc can only achieve so much without great people skills.  Unless you are the .01% of all people who don’t have to work for commission or someone, then you have to learn how to work with people.  Many of the young guys I work with have more talent in their pinky than I do in my entire body.  But they still haven’t grasped this concept.  They still work on talent alone and they LOSE influence.

John Maxwell says that leadership is influence and that you can’t influence things, you influence people.  So essentially without learning how to interact and serve the people who hire you, your talent will be left on the bench.

If the first thing that comes out of someone’s mouth is, “That is one talented person,” that’s great.  However, it’s a little like saying, “She’s got a great personality.”  In other words, great talent, not so great to work with.  On the other hand, if someone says, “I LOVED working with them,” that tells me that the talent is recognized and on display AND you have made an impact on the people not just the product.

Talent is a God-given thing.  We all have been given a portion.  God wants us to be great stewards of our talent.  Which means we have to know how to influence and win with PEOPLE so we can have the best platform for using our talent.

Anyone else ever felt that way?


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