DCL 6.1 Instruction | Becoming a Talent-Plus Person

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13


Many leaders today place too much emphasis on talent alone. John C. Maxwell, in his book, Talent Is Never Enough, argues that talent alone is not the secret to success in leadership. Maxwell asks, “If talent alone is enough, then why do you and I know so many highly talented people who are not successful?”

Video Presentation: Todd and Julie Mullins, Lead Pastor Christ Fellowship, Florida


When people achieve great things, others will often explain their accomplishments by simply attribut­ing everything to talent; but talent alone is never the answer. The lessons in this notebook are not anti-talent. Talent is a wonderful God-given gift that should be celebrated, but it is not enough for long-term success. In the beginning of a task, talent will give you a head start; but the advantage talent gives lasts only a short time. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. Some vitally important choices are required in order to convert talent into results.


Can anyone be successful? Where does talent fit in? Please consider the following statements:

1.  Everyone has talent. All of us have something that we can do well.

2.  Develop the talent you have, not the one you want. Focus on building your strengths.

3.  Make choices that add value to talent. Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.


In this notebook, we will examine thirteen key choices that can maximise any person’s talent:

1.  Belief lifts your talent.

2.  Passion energises your talent.

3.  Initiative activates your talent.

4.  Focus directs your talent.

5.  Preparation positions your talent.

6.  Practice sharpens your talent.

7.  Perseverance sustains your talent.

8.  Courage tests your talent.

9.  Teachability expands your talent.

10.  Character protects your talent.

11.  Relationships influence your talent.

12.  Responsibility strengthens your talent.

13.  Teamwork multiplies your talent.


If you make these choices, you can become a talent-plus person. A talent-plus person can become an outstanding leader.



  • Take a moment to list your top three talents or strengths. What are you doing to grow those talents?

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