As the world mourns the loss of another musical icon, it makes me think about talent. More specifically, the impact our gifts and talents have upon the world. Death is not something that we like to think about but the reality is that we have a finite time to utilize the gifts we’ve been blessed with.
Prince’s journey here on earth was limited. However, there are some valuable lessons we can learn from his life. Please understand this post is not written to evaluate, approve or disapprove of the content of his art. In reflecting upon his life I simply want to highlight five factors that I believe can benefit all of us.
- He Recognized His Talents and Worked on Them.
Musical talent was in Prince’s genes. It was his gift. At a young age he recognized this. Yet recognizing it wasn’t enough. He understood that it was his job to grow the gift. Furthermore, he didn’t wait to be trained by the greatest music teachers of that era, instead he taught himself. No excuses just growth.
There will always be a reason why you can’t grow or work on your talents but excuses are lame. They are your talents and it’s your duty to do whatever you have to do to grow them. Whether it’s going to the library, getting on you tube, or studying the life of others from afar, growing your talent is of great importance.
- Society Took Notice of Prince Because He Operated In His Gifts.
It wasn’t long before Prince became noticed for his great musical abilities. His musical talents alone are responsible for him becoming a world renowned icon in the entertainment industry. Had he never made the decision to grow and operate in his talents the world would have never known the artist formerly known as Prince.
When you are operating in your gifts, staying in your lane, and maximizing on your natural talents people will began to notice. It doesn’t matter how great or small your talent is or how extensive your reach is. When your gift begins to touch the lives of others, people will begin to pay attention.
- He Taught Us It Was Okay to Be Different.
There is no denying Prince was outside the box. He did music his way, combining a variety of genres in his own Prince style. He was not your typical pop or r&b artist. He freely expressed himself refusing to regurgitate the style of others.
The fact is our talents are not cookie cutter either. Yes, many of us our gifted with similar talents but the execution of them should not be the same. We were created to be unique and to put our own personal spin on things. That’s what makes us beautiful.
- He Never Stopped Using His Gifts.
As the saying goes “age ain’t nothing but a number.” Prince was 57 years young and still performing as an artist. Talents aren’t things that retire. Yes, as we get older or move through different phases in our lives we might reach a point where we want to slow down or utilize our talents in different forms. Yet the fact still remains that we should continue to use our talents. Remember, our talents are not confined by age.
- He Had No Idea When His Journey Would End.
The end of Prince’s journey came without warning. He was far from the age when death is often expected and it appears that he was not stricken with an illness that would give an indicator that his days were numbered. Death took him by surprise.
What a sobering reality. However, knowing this fact we must take into great consideration how we spend our days. How we use or don’t use our talents. How we make use of precious time. Then we must also consider how the world will remember us? Will we have made a positive impact or no impact at all? These are very serious questions that each of us must ponder and take into consideration.
Prince Rogers Nelson will be forever remembered as a musical icon. What will you be remembered as?
Homework: Take a few moments to consider what your current impact on society is and write it down. Now visualize what you would like your impact to be? What do you want to be known for? What legacy do you want to leave? Now write these down as well. If there is a gap between where you currently are and where you’d like to be determine the steps you must take to close this gap.
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