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Talents In The Bible

The parable about Talents in the Bible may not need introduction for some readers, but for anyone who needs it, here’s a quick video.

This was the subject of a recent sermon in Church where our priest chose the common interpretation that it is about sins of omission. While we’re probably very aware if we have committed a sin by breaking one of the Ten Commandments, sins of omission are less obvious.

Sins Of Omission

Not using our Talents is something that most of us are guilty of at some time of another. The “could’ve, would’ve, should’ve” regrets so many of us have.

Without getting too “heavy”, here’s a simple one that relates to our Talents – the one our Priest described.

Many people had hobbies and skills they enjoyed in their younger days, but then life in the busy world “got in the way”. And OF COURSE it was more important to put family before our own hobbies. You maybe didn’t even think of them as Talents – because they were enjoyable.

So perhaps there’s a way to combine our Talents (skills, hobbies) with the hurly-burly of daily commitments and benefit others.

Difference Between Talents And Skills

Those more pedantic of my readers (like me!) will be aware that there is a difference between Talents and Skills.

Talents in the BibleGoogle tells me that: Talent is your innate ability to do something. It is your natural ability which is inborn. Skill is a learnt ability. It is acquired or developed after you put in a lot of time and hard work.

There’s a whole article that could be written about which is more important – a Talent or a Skill, but let’s just take a simple approach and say that the possible “sin of omission” is not using or developing either.

You can read more about Talents in the Bible on Wikipedia, but suffice it to say a Talent as used in the Talents Parable was HUGELY valuable.

Using Our Own Talents

The priest encouraged us to think how we could use our own Talents for good, and at the same time recover some of the pleasure they used to give us. (I think this sermon was partly inspired by an appeal for home baked cakes for a forthcoming Church event!)

cake-making skillsI’ve never been much of a “baker”. My baking skills are confined to entertaining my grand-daughters, and I don’t see anyone paying good money to buy the results. In fact, it wasn’t even baking, on the most recent occasion – it was following a set of “done for you” instructions to make a gingerbread train. We’ll come back to “done for you” later!

The finished construction didn’t bear too close inspection, but 3 and 5 year-olds are very forgiving, and it tasted good. (Aside: This is written in the week when there are reports in the UK newspapers that “grandparents are posing health risks to children by spoiling them”. Sigh. Don’t get me started. Although I have to confess that gingerbread train doesn’t look like a very healthy snack.)

So my contribution to the Church cake stall will probably be buying and consuming the cakes. But I digress!

Using My Talents And Skills

Not having been inspired to contribute to the Church’s home baking effort, I started musing about what my Talents, skills and hobbies actually are and how I can use them for “good”. Here are those that came fairly readily to mind:

  • line-dance marathonComputing and book-keeping skills that my clients clearly value as they pay me well for them. At a previous Church I was the Treasurer.
  • Whenever invited I take part in line-dance marathons for charity. The most recent seven hour dance marathon, just a few weeks ago, raised funds for Alzheimer’s research and a local school.
  • Preparing the minutes for the local Foodbank Trustees meeting.
  • Various financial contributions I make to charities, in lieu of time.
  • Doing what I can for my own family members, older and younger.
  • Passing on my Internet Marketing knowledge and skills to support my team in my online business, and any newcomers who want to avoid making the mistakes I have made over the years.
  • Blogging occasionally about Church sermons LOL – for instance this one and an earlier one about the Parable of the Sower.

It’s not a huge list of skills, but perhaps I’ll be more inspired after publication!

Talents In The Bible Related To Online Business

start an online business So, how do we get from Talents in the Bible to business related matters?

Well actually it’s in the parable that the servants were praised or scolded according to the amount they increased the wealth of their master by trading with the Talents he had given them. So trading and a profitable business aren’t the scourges that some might imagine.

Having a business that is inspired by your hobby and Talents is “magic”, and probably a good predictor of success, because you’ll be more likely to stick with it, even when times get tough. Starting a business in which you have NO skills is about as challenging and mad as it can get.

Yet that’s what I did when I first set out to start an online business.

I was totally naive about the skills I would need to learn, and I was seduced by online scamsters who told me how “easy” it would be. It wasn’t easy. If I wasn’t such a stubborn person I would have given up long ago. Even the expensive coaching I paid for didn’t do the trick.

I never made back the cost of the coaching on sales of the product my coach worked with me to produce. However, in the process, I did learn skills that have later served me well in my online business, so it wasn’t a total write-off. It was definitely my experience that a skill is acquired or developed after you put in a lot of time and hard work.

Done For You Business

With hindsight, when starting out, my online skills were so lacking that what I really needed was a “Done For You” business. That would have left me free to concentrate on the ONE skill every online entrepreneur needs – finding customers and giving them solutions (or “traffic generation” as it’s sometimes rather clinically described).

With a “done-for-you” business you can forget about learning to develop a product, source a product, produce a website, video marketing, copywriting, producing inspiring email sequences, studying SEO, learning PPC, Adsense, Facebook adverts, social media marketing on a dozen different platforms. I tried to learn them all (mostly all at once!) and it was just overwhelming.

Of course these are vital skills for any online entrepreneur, but developing them all needs more time than I had, or still have, as one who is running my business online part-time.

discount travel clubFar better – in my opinion – for a newcomer such I was, to go for a “done-for-you” business and develop one skill at a time. My chosen business, as many will know, is Global Shopping Rewards.

I’ve even “niched” down within that, and selected one main product range from their extensive offering: the GSR Travel Discount Club, where free VIP customers can take advantage of discounts and cashback on a wide range of hotels, sporting and entertainment events etc etc.

No obligation to buy, ever, so join as a free VIP customer to check out what’s on offer.

[The difference is merely in the geographic location of your direct support team, as the USA has more products and events at the time of writing. But the discounted hotel website, as a commissionable and qualifying sale, has blown the international market wide open.]

Talents As A Team

talents as a teamAmazing as it might seem, that neatly takes me back into the priest’s sermon on the parable of Talents in the Bible!

As well as encouraging us to make use of our own Talents and skills, he asked us what might have happened if the three servants who were given Talents had combined their efforts and worked together, as he was encouraging the Church Community to do, for the cake baking event.

If they had worked together as a team, maybe the servants would collectively have made MORE? Hopefully they would have supported the one who didn’t have the confidence to do anything but bury his one Talent.

In a Done-For-You business everyone can draw on other people’s Talents and skills to make the most of their own. We all know the “cheesy but true” acronym:

T – Together

E – Everyone

A – Achieves

M – More

While it’s stretching the analogy to call joining a business and doing nothing with it as a SIN of omission, it’s a SHAME to have an asset available to you and do nothing with it.

Especially when there is a TEAM, with Done-For-You resources ready and waiting to help; with free training to help you learn new marketing skills as well as capitalise on the ones you already have.

Talents In Your Online Business?

I suppose (hope!) the main Talent I bring to online business is writing this blog, which I use to promote the links of people in my team. So I guess “team support” is another Talent I have to offer. I also know those in our business who can be trusted to share their own Talents and skills for the benefit of the whole business. That’s not completely altruistic – with the latest change to the compensation plan, all active members share in the profits of the whole company.

What are the Talents and / or skills that serve you best in online business?

Only a few elite can genuinely (and reliably) know “everything” about Internet Marketing. In any case, I suspect even they wisely draw on the Talents and skills of a team.

How do you make up for your own shortfall of skills. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Joy
 

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Chery Schmidt - November 28, 2017

Hey Joy! This right here really hit home with me my friend->> Having a business that is inspired by your hobby and Talents is “magic”, and probably a good predictor of success, because you’ll be more likely to stick with it, even when times get tough. Starting a business in which you have NO skills is about as challenging and mad as it can get.

Yeppers! Same as yourself I too was seduced with the easy money that was going to help me retire “With Money” Yikes one would think that after all the spending and hours spent here on this computer that we would just give up HUH?

But NOPE! we keep that dream alive by YES learning and bringing on our talents!

Wowsy Girlfriend! Thanks for the awesome post!! Chery :))

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    Joy - November 30, 2017

    Hi Chery,

    We have both “been through the mill” I think, but emerged stronger and more determined.

    And I think we both have excellent businesses going forward into 2018.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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Dr. Erica Goodstone - November 28, 2017

Joy,
I have never wanted a “done for you” business. However, what I have wanted (and never found) was someone to take me by the hand and guide me, step by step, to create and implement and market my own products and services. So, by trial and error, I have created products and events, some more successful and fruitful than others. However, at this point I am ready to create a team, a group of talented people who bring different skills and talents to the table, so I can focus on expanding my own message and using my own talents and skills rather than forcing myself to do too many different pieces of the business projects.
Warmly,
Dr. Erica

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    Joy - November 30, 2017

    Hi Erica,
    I think my problem was I took on too much all at once in addition to my existing businesses, wishing to replace them so that I could retire from them. But they are profitable, if time-consuming, so it’s too early to give them up in favor of the online business.

    I did take a “step by step” coaching program (in fact more than one of them) to help me create my own product, but the step I got wrong was selecting a product to create in the first place. So it was all rather depressing and a waste of time and money. Probably my fault for diving in too enthusiastically instead of working harder to find a product that wasn’t already “done to death”.

    Nevertheless, I did learn skills from the coaching and then went on learning by trial and error, as you have done. I think I’m more suited to that than being coached, actually.

    Yes, you are right to look to work with a team of people rather than spreading yourself too thinly – which is the mistake I have made in the past.

    However, I decided to go the “done for you” route rather than hiring a team. I think there are pluses and minuses to both approaches, so I wish you well and will enjoy watching your success.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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Shantanu Sinha - November 30, 2017

Hello Joy,

Good shout over here 🙂

Thats something interesting read for the day.

Indeed finding our talents and working upon that, is the main key to success. If one is aware of his capabilities then
one is surely going to get what they aim for. But getting aware of this is not an easy task.

Another thing that matters is that mastering that skill, knowing our talent is something different thing but crafting it on a regular basis is something which takes ages and hard practice.

Thanks for the share.

Shantanu.

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    Joy - November 30, 2017

    Hi Shantanu,

    Yes, it takes self-awareness and self-honesty to be aware of and nurture such talents as we have.

    Thanks for your visit,

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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