Are You Burying Your Talents in the Dirt?


The other day I was in a conversation with a potential client who was struggling with growing her business and was thinking of giving up doing work she had been passionately doing for years.  We laid out a plan to raise her visibility and attract more clients but something was missing.  She said she couldn’t move forward because of a spiritual block.  I have to admit, at that moment, I thought that was a creative excuse for not taking action.  I never really talk about spirituality in my business, but at my core I am a very spiritual person and I believe that entrepreneurship is a deeply spiritual journey. Only recently, however, did I realize just how intertwined my spiritual journey is with my entrepreneurial path.

Sunday was the first day in a of couple months that everyone in my family was well enough to go to church.  For a moment I thought that maybe we should just stay home and catch up on things that needed to be done around the house, relax, and just enjoy the company of family.  But something said, “Nope. No way. You have to go to Church.” So we all went to church–and I am enormously grateful that we did.

I believe that God communicates to us in many subtle ways.  I think it’s through gut feelings that you have, your intuition, and deep “knowings” (not just beliefs) that you know in your heart are true.  We are omniscient in our own ways.

But sometimes, God, or the Universe, if you prefer, sends you a messenger that delivers a message with great impact.   A message you cannot ignore.  One that speaks straight to your soul.  In that moment you have great clarity.  We often call it an “Aha” moment.  But the real word is an “epiphany.”

On Sunday, I listened to a homily called, “Your Life is Now.” The 3 messages of this homily resonated with me on an epiphanic level:

  1. Learn to count your days.  Life is too short to be inactive.  I hate to waste time more than anything else.  Time isn’t money–it’s your life, so spend it
    wisely.  Realizing that your days are numbered is truly a blessing because it prevents you from taking your life for granted.  It motivates you to live your
    life to the fullest each and every day.  Now is your time to do what you will do. “Your Life is Now.”
  2. Passion is a gift.  The world is a much better place because we are all passionate about different things. We are all given our own individual gifts. Passion is the fire that fuels us to live joyful and meaningful lives, to share our unique gifts with others, and to do the great work that we are meant to do.  No matter what our unique gifts are, embracing our GIFTS allows us to positively impact the world.
  3.  Take the risk and actively put your gifts to use. Have you ever heard “The Parable of the Talents?” A wealthy man was going on a journey.  Before leaving, he gave 3 servants talents according to their ability (A talent was worth more than one thousand dollars and is believed to be the origin of the modern word “talent”).  The master gave the first servant 5 talents, the second servant 2 talents, and the third servant 1 talent.  Upon his return, the first servant presented his master with 10 talents, for he had doubled his talents by putting them to good use.  The second servant worked hard
    and had also doubled his talents to 4. The third servant was afraid to risk losing his talent so he buried it in the dirt until his master returned.  When
    the master returned he rewarded the first two servants for their work, but he admonished the third for his inaction and cast him out into the darkness.  Gifts are meant to be used, maximized, and shared with others not hidden away where they have no value.  Playing it safe and not using your gifts is a much greater risk than taking action and risking failure.

These are some of my core beliefs that I talk about often, though not usually from a spiritual point of view.  Hearing these messages in such a powerful way was a great affirmation—an epiphany, really, that I am exactly where I should be. I am doing exactly what I was meant to do.

I am meant to help mission-centered entrepreneurs create sleek, sustainable, financially successful businesses while impacting the world with their unique brilliance and enjoying infinitely rich lives.

Seamless Success is about making success easier, natural (even spiritual), free-flowing, and limitless.

I help people maximize their time, money, energy, and other resources. I help them to dig up their talents; share their GIFTS with the world; and do the great work they will do.

My own business is a vehicle for many of the great gifts that I intend to share with the world.

Are you burying your talents in the dirt or using your gifts to their fullest potential?  I would love to hear your comments, so please feel free to share them below.

5 Response to “Are You Burying Your Talents in the Dirt? ”

Linda Pucci
November 17, 2011
12:06 pm

Comment :

These are wonderful points, Tiffany, and each resonated with me as lessons I needing reminding about. I love the way that God/The Universe brings us the messages we most need to hear. Many thanks!

Jeff Brunson
November 17, 2011
12:43 pm

Comment :

Tiffany … thank you for your openness in sharing. I believe “all” good work is spiritual. I base this belief on the first of three principles I’ve built my coaching practice around: “When one makes a commitment, then providence moves too.”

Some attribute this to Goethe … regardless, it is paraphrased and it is very true. Anyone who doubts should simply put it to the test. I did … and that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing and living where I’m living.

Thanks for allowing me to refect on this!

Sue Painter
November 17, 2011
5:06 pm

Comment :

Thank you for your thoughtful post. It’s more fuel to the point I always make that business is both inner and outer. :-)

Bill Painter
November 17, 2011
6:41 pm

Comment :

Great points. It sounds like you got great clarity in your mission and vision from connecting with the Universe and it does reflect both the inner and outer aspects of your business.

Mary Ellen Miller
November 19, 2011
12:18 pm

Comment :

Outstanding post Tiffany! You are so right. Better to try and fail than never to have tried at all!

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