“For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” — Matthew 25:29

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds” – Matthew 5:14-16 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. –  Ephesians 2:10

Overview

All of us have been given skills, interests, and individual talents.  God created all of us with the potential to develop items or services that are valuable to people.  It is important to identify the potential skills you were given at birth or developed as you aged and apply those skills to both support yourself and your family as well as work with other people.

Once you understand your potential, it is critical to continue to develop skills as you grow.  As you age, your impact on other people should expand. It is important to review your progress on a regular basis. 

Sometimes your inherent talent may not be obvious until later in life.  Regardless, it is critical to always work to improve that talent regardless of your age.

My Experience

During my life, I experienced many different types of work.  I earned my way through college as a football player.  I graduated during the Vietnam War and immediately went to flight school in the Marine Corps and became a pilot during the Vietnam War. Then I started a software business that supported customers from all over the world. 

At first, I thought my talent was physical because of my sports experience and becoming a Marine Corps Pilot.  I worked out regularly my entire life.  Then when I began to build the business, I realized that I had good analytical skills.  I was able to study a business and determine if they were a potential customer of my software.  Of course, it took significant skills to design and create the software itself.  I had to understand business processes, especially eCommerce, and I needed software development skills.

However, I realized that my internal skill was to communicate with the customers and the prospects.  I was able to listen to them and understand their challenges as well as communicate with them regarding what was realistic. 

As I became a senior citizen, I realized that my internal skill is to communicate with different types of people.  I wrote books and blog articles, made presentations, and organized many events.  I understood that the skills I had to play sports or become a Marine Corps Pilot were not the physical skills (although the physical skills were important), it was the ability to understand processes and communicate those processes to other people that really defined my life. 

After coming to that understanding, I started “Life Enhancement Group” which is a Christian-based company; but it does not promote a specific religion.  The mission of the Life Enhancement Group is to help people live better lives.  I do this by helping people earn an income even if they are physically disabled.  I communicate Christian Lessons through this blog that expresses everyday life examples.  I use my analytical skills to reach people, I use my writing skills to write books and blog articles, I use my business skills to generate funds to support people in need, and I depend on my faith as the source of strength to keep moving regardless of how difficult challenges become or how old I become.

Summary

Regardless of the talent you had at birth or developed as you grew, it is important to always work to develop that talent as much as you can.  In my case, I did not understand how I would use some of my talents until I was a senior citizen.  God gave us all talents at the time of our birth, but we need to do our part to develop those talents.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.