Social Ease And Connection, Part 5: Talent
Look around. Yours is an extremely diverse, complex, complicated human world. I’m in Los Angeles right now, in a hotel room, with desk and chair, toilet and TV, shower and windows, my computer and a cell phone that connects me to the rest of the world. I have Wi-Fi, wallpaper, mirrors, a sink, soap, shampoo, pictures and lamps. This is not a high-end hotel.
I hear traffic outside. There’s a gas station next door. A paved road leads to LAX, the huge and technologically complex airport, whose workings I don’t understand and could much less explain. Thousands of people serve in hundreds of capacities in what I described so far. Then there is the rest of the world, with all of the gadgets, applications and services.
What humans with different talents have built together in the past few hundred thousand years staggers imagination. Not all of it is good, but that’s not the point here. The point is that human beings come with many unique talents and points of view that pooled, conceives and creates fantastic new worlds. Each of you comes with unique talents that you can contribute to the whole.
What is your talent? Have you developed it? How far? Do you keep it secret and it helps no one, which is not sexy, or are you sharing it? What are its possible adverse effects? How can you lessen these? What cautions can you put in place?
Do you work with a team? You manifest better when you work with others than when you work alone. I see it every day. Every meeting I attend reminds me. I think for myself. I’m smart, and I come up with smart ideas. And yet, every time I meet with others to look at one of my ideas, I find that other people bring other possibilities to them. Their perspectives are so different from the way I think that I’m shocked at the limits of my personal viewpoint of my project. It is enhancing, beneficial and sexy to invite other people on your team.
In the world you live in, competitive as it is, you sometimes hide your genius afraid that others want to steal it and knowing that some will. I’ve experienced that several times. But now I’m wise enough not to be angered but pleased by it. Imitation TRULY is the sincerest form of flattery.