|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 4||Issue 188|
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A GREAT DEAL OF TALENT MAY BE LOST FOR THE WANT OF A LITTLE COURAGE
This favorite quote of Coach Wooden was originated by English Clergyman Sydney Smith (1771-1845).
This idea goes along perfectly with the Pyramid of Success, in which Coach Wooden identified 15 character traits or personal qualities a person would need to have to reach their potential.
The blocks are placed in a sequence which builds as each character trait is added. The first seven blocks on the Pyramid have to do with developing talent.
A person who has all these qualities in a particular area would certainly be considered talented.
The next two blocks on the Pyramid say that you must have courage to act on that talent for it to be developed.
The two blocks are initiative and intentness. You must not be afraid to act when action is needed, and if it doesn't work out you must not give up. Initiative + Intentness = Courage.
Once you have the courage to test your talent, if you are properly conditioned, you will develop a skill. But without the courage to test your talent it will be lost.
In his book Talent is Never Enough, John Maxwell wrote a commentary about Winston Churchill that demonstrated this idea:
Before he joined the Army, Winston Churchill had a desire to create a reputation for bravery, but he didn't know whether he had the talent for it. To make that discovery, he went to Cuba. His goal was to test his courage in a relatively controlled and somewhat safer environment than he thought he would face in India, it was what he called a "private rehearsal". He understood that a person doesn't know what he's really made of until tested. If we fear the test then we will never get a chance to develop the talent.
Churchill’s talent in leading Great Britain in WWII was developed because he had the courage to test it first.
Don't waste your talent. Use your courage to test it.
Yours in Coaching,
The Snow Storm
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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