When talent matters and when it doesn’t


Potential counts for nothing if it remains unfulfilled. ~Roy Sutton

You can have an enormous amount of talent but so what? It’s not what you have it’s what you do with what you have. If you don’t put your God-given talent to good use then it is simply wasted on you.

Those things at which you are truly exceptional are the basis on which you can really make your mark on life, or not.

It’s your choice. Live your life and make the best use of your talent and intellect or don’t bother.

The world won’t notice if you decide to waste your talent. Your loved ones might notice but the world will carry on regardless.

However use your talent, put it to good use, and the world will notice you.

It will require discipline and dedication of course and a desire to master your craft, whatever that may be.

Still it will be worth it to be recognised as someone who made the best use of what they had and made a difference.

The world doesn’t have enough talented people, so don’t waste yours. Go out there and be the best.

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Can there be a better feeling than winning?

There’s nothing like winning. ~Tony Adams

Can there be a better feeling than winning?

That feeling you get when you experience real success. It makes you feel ten feet tall.

Maybe you have yet to have that experience. If so, don’t give up. It really is worth the effort, believe me.

You can only truly know how it feels when you get there. But if you get there once, you will want to go back there again and again and again.

So go on, become a legend in your own right.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about moving on

Every ending is a new beginning. When one chapter ends, we turn the page and there’s a whole new chapter to explore.

Life is just a series of chapters and not everyone or everything has a place in every chapter. Your story will have many twists and turns before it reaches its conclusion.

It’s easy to feel attached emotionally to the past but we can’t live life through the rear view mirror. We must be positive and embrace the future.

It may move us out of our comfort zone but it’s in that space we’ll grow.

A sentimental longing for people, places and things is quite natural. However life is for living. And if we’re to live life to the full we must look ahead and keep moving forward.

So here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about moving on to inspire you.

Having the courage to draw a line under an event or a relationship, or any other life-changing experiences, is essential if we are to become all we could be.

When things end, life doesn’t end. Life goes on and what’s gone is in the past. So leave it there and look forward to the future.

And you can always keep in mind some of these quotes about moving on.

Quotes about moving on:

  1. To help yourself you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on. ~Dave Pelzer
  2. Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on. ~Carrie Underwood
  3. Who can’t relate to the idea of leaving one chapter behind and moving on to the next? ~Mike Shinoda
  4. You just keep moving forward and doing what you do and hope that it resonates with people. And if it doesn’t, you just keep moving on until you find a project that does. ~Octavia Spencer
  5. In my life, I have made the occasional catastrophic choice, and it’s just a case of moving on and learning from it. ~James Nesbitt
  6. I can enjoy anywhere, and I can leave it. Life is about moving on. ~Waris Dirie
  7. Moving on is not closure. It’s not neat, and it’s not about turning the page. It is about moving on, but it doesn’t mean that you’ve left something behind. ~Thomas Gibson
  8. I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future. ~Carl Sandburg
  9. There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving. ~Phylicia Rashad
  10. I’m moving on. I should have made that clear when I made the announcement. I guess I wasn’t clear. If people think you’re leaving a show after all these years, you might be retiring. So I understand where they’re coming from, but I should have impressed the fact that I hope I’m just moving on right now. ~Regis Philbin
  11. I can relate to having those people in your life that you feel are moving on to this great, big, normal life and you’re like, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ ~Kristen Wiig
  12. Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward. ~Maxwell Maltz
  13. I think it’s important to have closure in any relationship that ends – from a romantic relationship to a friendship. You should always have a sense of clarity at the end and know why it began and why it ended. You need that in your life to move cleanly into your next phase. ~Jennifer Aniston
  14. I love being on the road. I love that lifestyle, traveling city to city, rocking out and moving on to the next place. ~Caleb Johnson
  15. The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on. ~Ulysses S. Grant
  16. Moving on is a simple thing but what it leaves behind is hard. ~Dave Mustaine
  17. It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. ~Ernie Harwell
  18. Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. ~Denis Waitley
  19. Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. ~Leo Buscaglia
  20. Forget the past – the future will give you plenty to worry about. ~George Allen, Sr.
  21. Feeling sorry for ourselves is the most useless waste of energy on the planet. It does absolutely no good. We can’t let our circumstances or what others do or don’t do control us. We can decide to be happy regardless. ~Joyce Meyer

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How to measure whether you are of good character

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. ~Author Unknown

Most people like to think they’re honest and certainly I do. Well we all like to be seen as being honest that’s for sure.

However what would we be prepared to do individually if we thought no one else was looking; if we thought we would never ever be caught?

Now that’s the real measure of just how honest we are; we can fool others perhaps but we cannot really fool ourselves.

Deep down we all know what we are. Maybe we’re good; maybe we’re bad. Then again maybe we’re just people who care about what others think of us.

If you’re the sort of person who does the right thing when no one else is looking then you’re truly of good character, because that’s the real measure of character.

Fail to do the right thing in those circumstances and that suggests you are someone of questionable character, to some degree at least, regardless of any character profile you like to present publicly.

Personally I try to be of good character and I try to do the right thing always, regardless of whether I’m being watched. However I’m more a work-in-progress than someone who always gets it right. No one’s perfect, least of all me.

That said, I think aspiring to be of good character is well worth working at and that is one of my aim’s in life.

How about you? What do you think?

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3 amusing short story jokes that will definitely make you laugh

1. Escaping a ticket:

Jim was finally enjoying a bit of freedom in life, so he decided to buy himself a new Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.

On the day he collected it from the dealership he thought it would be a great idea to take his new toy out for a spin on the Interstate.

It was a pleasant evening, so with the top down and the wind in his hair he decided to really put his foot down until the pedal hit the metal.

The acceleration was amazing but as the car hit 90 mph. suddenly there was the sound of a siren and through his rear view mirror Jim could see blue lights flashing.

Undaunted by this turn of events Jim just thought to himself, “There’s no way the cops will catch me in a Mercedes at full speed.

And momentarily he kept the car going flat out until his speed exceeded 110 mph.

However his nerve went when he realised that despite his speed the cops were actually gaining on him.

So the reality of his situation hit him and Jim thought, “What the hell am I doing?

He slowed down and pulled over.

At the side of the road the cop came up to him and said, “Sir, could I see your license please?

Jim handed over his license.

The cop studied it momentarily and then said to Jim, “Sir, it’s been a long day, this is the end of my shift and to be honest I really don’t feel like doing any more paperwork. So I’ll offer you a deal. If you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven’t heard before, I’ll let you go without a ticket.

Jim thought for a second and then said, “Officer, a month ago my wife ran off with a cop. Life has been so good since then but I was afraid you were chasing in an attempt to give her back to me.

The cop smiled at Jim and said, “Have a nice weekend sir.”

And with that he left Jim to enjoy his new car.

2. The price for a little fun:

It was Friday evening, it had been payday and Bill had really had a tough week.

So on leaving the office, he decided that instead of going home, he would stay out for the entire weekend partying with his mates and in the process blow his entire weeks salary.

When he finally arrived home on Sunday evening he was confronted by his angry wife and, needless to say, she hurled abuse at him for nearly two hours in a tirade befitting his irresponsible actions.

Finally, as she stopped shouting at him, his wife said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?”

That would be fine with me,” Bill responded unwisely.

Monday went by and Bill didn’t see his wife.

Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.

However on Thursday, the swelling had gone down sufficiently for Bill to see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

3. Unexpected benefit:

Mike and his wife Liz had the misfortune to be caught up in a terrible road traffic accident, with multiple cars involved. Unfortunately in the carnage that followed, Liz’s face was severely burned.

She was taken to the local hospital where the doctor told Mike that she would need a skin graft on her face.

The problem is,” said the doctor, “your wife is so thin we wouldn’t be able to use any skin from her body for the graft.”

Could I donate skin from my body?” asked Mike.

Yes, you can,” said the doctor. “However the only suitable skin would be skin from your buttocks.

Mike explained the situation to Liz and asked whether skin from his buttocks would be acceptable to her.

Well, as long as no one else knows where the skin came from,” said Liz.

Jim assured her that it would be their secret and the doctor also promised he would honour her request for secrecy.

So Liz had the surgery and when all the scars had healed everyone was amazed at how beautiful Liz now looked.

She’d always been attractive but she was now even more beautiful than she’d been before. All her friends and relatives couldn’t help commenting on her youthful beauty.

One day, Liz was sitting alone with Mike and she was overcome with emotion at his sacrifice.

“Mike, I just want you to know how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. There’s no way I could ever repay you,” said Liz.

Mike smiled and kissed her. Then he said, “Darling, think nothing of it. I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss you on the cheek.

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How to really make your mark on life

How good it would be to be remembered for having contributed to someone’s life in a way which enlightened them or simply brought them lasting pleasure. The best epitaphs are those written in the hearts and minds of those we leave behind and to be remembered for inspiring others would be a wonderful thing. ~Les Horton

If you want to make your mark on life then find ways to make a difference. Helping others; inspiring others; encouraging others; that’s where we can all make a real difference in life. You really can be the light that leads the way for others to follow.

We all struggle with life at times. We all have our troubles occasionally. Help others now and one day they’ll be there for you when you need them.

Only people matter really. Everything else can never be as important to you as your loved ones, your friends and the people that are part of your life each and every day. Prioritise people and you can’t go too far wrong. Well, I think so anyway.

I can only agree with the quote above from the late, Gulf Daily News journalist, Les Horton. If you’re remembered in the hearts and minds of others then that would reflect a life well-lived.

Can there be a better way to live? What do you think?

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Why it’s important to deliver on your promises

Promises mean everything but after they are broken sorry means nothing. ~Author Unknown

Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.

If you promise something then you must be confident that you can actually deliver it. No amount of excuses after the event will impress anyone if you fail to deliver.

It’s always better to under-promise and over-deliver.

This is particularly true if children are involved. One of the worst things you can do to any child is to make them a promise and then fail to deliver on it.

Do that too often with children and they will never believe anything you say.

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Why you should put something away for a rainy day

When you have money, think of the time when you had none. ~Japanese Proverb

Most people experience hard times at some point in their lives, particularly when they’re young.

If you are lucky enough to have a good income now, you’d do well to remember the tough times and put some of your income away for a rainy day.

You can be sure it will rain, the only question is when.

You will be able to weather the storm a lot better if you have a financial cushion in the form of some savings.

It’s easy to squander your money thinking the good times will never end. However nothing lasts forever. So, be prepared.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about fathers

In life it’s all too easy to prioritise things like work, career and socialising over those things that truly matter most.

I’m not suggesting that work’s not important, it is. After all by earning a living we can put bread on the table and a roof over our heads and those of our loved ones.

Socialising is also important because through it we can relax and alleviate stress.

However the role of parent is more important than any of these because children are the future. And children need a father as well as a mother.

As a father you’re not just a sperm donor. You should be a provider of course, to ensure that your children get the best possible start in life.

You should offer support to their mother too, as that too will help your children.

However more than any of that, to your sons you’re a role model and to your daughters you are an example of how men treat women.

You should also be an authority figure, as it’s important that children are brought up within a moral framework and they should know where the boundaries are and what the penalties will be should there be any transgression.

Well-adjusted, well-behaved and well-educated young people are the future of any civilisation and fathers have an important role to play in making that happen.

So today I offer you 21 thought-provoking quotes about fathers to highlight the importance of why I think men have really been placed upon this earth.

Quotes about fathers:

  1. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~Jim Valvano
  2. The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~Theodore Hesburgh
  3. A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. ~Frank A. Clark
  4. My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad. ~Beau Bridges
  5. To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. ~Euripides
  6. I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. ~Sigmund Freud
  7. The most important influence in my childhood was my father. ~DeForest Kelley
  8. A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and contentment in life than simply being a good husband and father. ~Frank Abagnale
  9. Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. ~Wade Boggs
  10. Becoming a father increases your capacity for love and your level of patience. It opens up another door in a person – a door which you may not even have known was there. That’s what I feel with my son. There’s suddenly another level of love that expands. My son is my greatest joy, out of everything in my life. ~Kyle MacLachlan
  11. I hope I can be as good of a father to my son as my dad was to me. ~Calvin Johnson
  12. One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. ~George Herbert
  13. My father taught my siblings and me the importance of positive values and a strong ethical compass. He showed us how to be resilient, how to deal with challenges, and how to strive for excellence in all that we do. He taught us that there’s nothing that we cannot accomplish if we marry vision and passion with an enduring work ethic. ~Ivanka Trump
  14. I am blessed to be a proud father of a daughter. ~Adnan Sami
  15. It is a wise father that knows his own child. ~William Shakespeare
  16. Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist, because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died. She went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose. ~Mitt Romney
  17. Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. ~Naveen Jain
  18. Every son’s first superhero is his father, and it was the same for me. For me, he was Superman and Batman combined. ~Tiger Shroff
  19. It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life. ~Dawn French
  20. I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. ~Hedy Lamarr
  21. In my career, there’s many things I’ve won and many things I’ve achieved, but for me, my greatest achievement is my children and my family. It’s about being a good father, a good husband, just being connected to family as much as possible. ~David Beckham

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Here’s why you should have no regrets

Do you have a dream of doing something that you feel would be right for you?

Perhaps it’s a line of work to which you feel drawn? Yet somehow you’re drifting through life doing something else?

Perhaps you feel that you don’t have the time to master the skills required to pursue this line of work?

Perhaps discouraging comments from other people have put you off trying it at all?

How sad it would be if you were to miss out on your true calling in life, simply because you didn’t have a go.

Your chance to enjoy what you do and make a real difference could be passing you by. You could do it if you really want to do it but only if you try.

Every expert was once a beginner. Every successful man or woman had to begin somewhere. Success begins with the first step.

The trick is to get started. Get started now and one day you could become a success in whatever line of work is currently only a dream for you. It is possible to spend the rest of your life doing something in which you feel truly engaged.

If there is something that you really would like to do then start doing it now. It is better to try and fail than to spend your life wondering what might have been. Don’t risk looking back on your life and thinking you might have been a serious contender in the success stakes if only you’d had a go.

Have no regrets, have a go instead. And it’s never been easier to have a go. For instance, you could start initially by doing whatever it is you dream about in your spare time.

Want to be a writer? What’s stopping you?

Ten years ago you would have had the problem of getting published. Now you can self-publish and sell your work as eBooks on Amazon and other eCommerce sites. Apparently EL James of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ fame started out this way. If you’re good enough, eventually people will notice.

Fancy being a rock star? Then get your act together and upload videos of your performances on to YouTube. The British band The Arctic Monkeys started out this way and they have Number 1 albums to their name as proof of their success.

Maybe it’s make-up which fascinates you? Lauren Luke was interested in make-up and she managed to make a name for herself by leveraging the power of YouTube too.

If you have a smartphone or a personal computer then recording a video these days is easy.

Videos for YouTube don’t have to be of the highest quality but if your work is good, it’s amazing how quickly people will notice you and before you know it you could have a following.

So get started; have a go; in your spare time if necessary.

Yes of course you’ll make mistakes. Your efforts in the beginning may be dire or less than impressive. But you’ll learn; you’ll get better; and you’ll hone your craft. And one day maybe you’ll be the best. Believe you can and you will. That’s my motto.

And remember, everyone starts somewhere.

Don’t make excuses; do it now. And don’t let other people discourage you or stand in your way. Ignore negative nellies. They don’t want you to succeed because they’re too scared to have a go at succeeding themselves. So they’d prefer you to stay at their level. However don’t fall for that trick.

As long as you believe you can do it then what others think is not important.

If the door is shut in your face, climb through the window or down the chimney. Never accept any answer unless it’s the one you want.

No one can stop you achieving your dreams, except you. As the saying goes, seize the day! And do it right now. Enjoy your life; do those things you’d really like to do; and leave no room for regrets.

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