Hi there, so Tobi Olakojo is on board today with an insightful piece as usual. First, read and re-read and then drop your comments and then pass to others. It might be a wake up call for someone. Thanks.

For some time now, I have been much perturbed by a trend I just noticed in our society which is hugely gaining popularity. I am talking about street begging. Yes, people accosting you on your way begging alms. Either economic recession, inflation rate or whatever be the cause, I am not interested but I am much concerned about the trend of young school boys and girls roaming the streets begging for 10, 20 or 50 Naira. These are children not up to the age of 15.

Recently, I attended a friend’s wedding at Ikire, Osun State and where I sat I observed this lad who took his own begging ministry in another dimension. He was practically singing in appellation of whoever he approaches and in such a manner that depicts begging the individual for some Naira notes. I was bothered within me and I was asking the folks we sat together, what will become of him in the future if at this stage, he sees begging as a meal ticket to livelihood?

Then one of the brothers we were together muttered, “And the guy has talent o”, we then beckoned on him and talked to him, giving him some heads up on how to utilize his talent to become a sought-after rather than begging everywhere with his talent.

That is why I put up a few words on talent today; I hope it blesses someone out there reading.

From the parable of the talent, we can deduce that, talent is God’s gift to us and what we do with it is our gift back to God. I will like stand before God at the end of my life hoping that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

Sure, there may be people who have more talent than you but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a renowned and skillful footballer said, “Talent without working hard is nothing”. In essence, talent can win games but intelligence wins championship. Many a time, we judge talent wrongly and I have made that the same mistake too. We view talent by a person’s ability to score goals in a football match or a person carving out a beautiful image by pencil drawing  or someone singing sonorously in a concert- the sweetness, the timing etc.

That is the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament are what bring talent to full bare.

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing it without thought of fame. If it comes at all, it will be because you deserved it not because it is sought after.

Erica Jony posits that  “Everyone has talent, what’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” Working can be a fuel to the vehicle of talent if it is done properly. Therefore, do not be complacent for talent is not just enough.

Let me end it with John Wooden’s quote, “Talent is God given, be humble; Fame is man-given, be grateful; Conceit is self given, be careful.”

P.S. Thanks Tobi Olakojo…I too was blessed from this piece.