Are You Burying Your Talents (and Your Profits) in the Dirt?

Are you burying your talents in the dirtA while back I had a conversation with a potential client who was struggling with growing her business and was thinking of giving up doing work she had been passionately doing for years.

We laid out a plan to raise her visibility and attract more clients but something was missing.  She said she couldn’t move forward because of a spiritual block.  I have to admit, at that moment, I thought that was a creative excuse for not taking action.  I don’t always talk about spirituality in my business, but at my core I am a very spiritual person and I believe that entrepreneurship is a deeply spiritual journey.

One Sunday, a few years ago, was the first day in a long while that everyone in my family was well enough to go to church.  For a moment I thought that maybe we should just stay home and catch up on things that needed to be done around the house, relax, and just enjoy the company of family.  But something said, “Nope. No way. You have to go to Church.” So we all went to church–and I am enormously grateful that we did.

I believe that God communicates to us in many subtle ways.  I think it’s through gut feelings that you have, your intuition, and deep “knowings” (not beliefs) that you know in your heart are true.  We are omniscient in our own ways.

But sometimes God sends you a messenger that delivers a message with great impact. A message you cannot ignore.  One that speaks straight to your soul.  In that moment you have great clarity.  We often call it an “Aha” moment.  But the real word is an “epiphany.”

On that Sunday, I listened to a homily called, “Your Life is Now,” and 3 messages resonated with me on an epiphanic level.

  1. Learn to count your days.  Life is too short to be inactive.  I hate to waste time more than anything else.  Time isn’t money–it’s your life, so spend it wisely.  Realizing that your days are numbered is truly a blessing because it prevents you from taking your life for granted.  It motivates you to live your life to the fullest each and every day.  Now is your time to do what you will do. “Your Life is Now.”
  2. Passion is a gift.  The world is a much better place because we are all passionate about different things.  We are all given our own individual gifts.  Passion is the fire that fuels us to live joyful and meaningful lives, to share our unique gifts with others, and to do the great work that we are meant to do.   No matter what our unique gifts are, embracing our GIFTS allows us to positively impact the world.
  3.  Take the risk and actively put your gifts to use.  Have you ever heard “The Parable of the Talents?” A wealthy man was going on a journey.  Before leaving, he gave 3 servants talents according to their ability (A talent was worth more than one thousand dollars and is believed to be the origin of the modern word “talent”).  The master gave the first servant 5 talents, the second servant 2 talents, and the third servant 1 talent.  Upon his return, the first servant presented his master with 10 talents, for he had doubled his talents by putting them to good use.  The second servant worked hard and had also doubled his talents to 4.  The third servant was afraid to risk losing his talent so he buried it in the dirt until his master returned.  When the master returned he rewarded the first two servants for their work, but he admonished the third for his inaction and cast him out into the darkness.  Gifts are meant to be used, maximized, and shared with others not hidden away were they have no value.  Not using your gifts is a much greater risk than taking action and risking failure.
Hearing this message was a great affirmation—an epiphany really, that we all have a mission and great work to do.

One of the reasons I created BrightFire was to help mission-centered women entrepreneurs to make the best use of their time and resources; dig up their talents; share their GIFTS with the world; and do the great work they are meant to do.

What’s your mission?

 

About Tiffany deSilva

Tiffany deSilva is the founder, CEO, and visionary leader of BrightFire Women’s Business Network, LLC.

BrightFire Women’s Business Network is the premiere sales training and coaching resource for service-based women entrepreneurs who want to increase their sales, serve more people, and change more lives.

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Tiffany, how about a resounding “Amen!” Excellent advice.

  2. I found this so uplifting! I shared the parable on my FB wall and tagged you and linked to this post so everyone can feel uplifted!!! Perfect read to start my weekend!

  3. I agree with Jessica, this IS uplifting. My friend Marnie Pehrson talks about co-creating with God in her business. This reminds me of it.

  4. Tiffany,
    Thanks for making me smile broadly.
    You are appreciated!

  5. Amen! If you are not ready to risk failure, you are not ready to play the game. That is the entire point of my #HighFiveFailureChallenge! <3 XO, Katherine.

  6. This is so very powerful: “Gifts are meant to be used, maximized, and shared with others not hidden away were they have no value. Not using your gifts is a much greater risk than taking action and risking failure.”

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