When I wrote ‘Can Turtles Fly?‘ a while back, I got some interesting comments, as I expected. While some readers agreed with what I said, others told me that anyone can do whatever they dream possible. But I fear sometimes, that in going after ‘dreams’ of things that we have no talent for, we might end up not doing the one thing we were meant to be doing.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. ~ Unknown
I think this can be best explained by this true story (as told by Zig Ziglar):
Antonio was a lad who lived in Cremona, Italy, during the 17th century. Cremona was a musical town where great acclaim was bestowed on those who could sing or play. Unfortunately, although Antonio wanted recognition for his musical talents, his friends called him “squeaky voice” when he tried to sing. He tried to play the piano and the violin, but his skills were limited.
As Antonio walked through the streets of Cremona with his friends, he listened to their beautiful voices. Unfortunately, the only thing he could do was whittle on a block of wood with his knife. One day, while sitting at the edge of the street, whittling, watching and listening to three of his friends play and sing beautiful songs, he noted that the people passing by frequently dropped coins into their hands to reward their efforts.
One gentleman stopped longer than any of the others and even asked them to repeat a song. When they finished, he dropped a coin into the hand of the singer, then moved on down the street. Much to their shock, the boys discovered it was a gold coin, which was quite a bit of money to give a street singer. But the man who gave it could afford to do so. His name was Amati and he was identified as the greatest violin maker in all of Italy.
That evening at home, Antonio thought about Amati and decided that he, too, wanted to become a violin maker. The next morning he went to the home of Amati and persuaded him to let him be his apprentice. For many years Antonio learned from the master and in due time his work became known throughout the whole world.
Antonio’s last name was Stradivari. To this day, musicians still make music from his violins, which now sell for six figures plus.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Your own inner voice, heart and intuition somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
May you be inspired – everyday!