As I was attending church this past Sunday, in Lutz Florida, our pastor spoke about a very important topic. The value of character v.s. talent. This is something that has been at the forefront of my mind as I continue to look at ways to increase my deal flow and the rehabbers and builders with whom I want to work with. He said something that resonated very close to how I view this topic, "The number 1 limiting factor to ones potential is not their talent, but their character" How true this is. How many star athletes, competent business people, passionate and talented individuals have we come across in our lives? And depending on their foundation, their principles by which they live life, if their character was not made out of the same fortitude that forged their current success the likely hood of them "falling" from grace rises the higher they climb.
I had a very clear understanding of this when I was in the military. As a Special Forces Green Beret, our mission "catchphrase", was "By, With and Through". Our success or failure did not rely on one single point of failure, our talent. Instead in relied heavily on each team members character and intestinal fortitude to do what was right, regardless of the situation. For example, this means we would greet and be kind to the same children in a village that was known to have Al Qaeda / Taliban forces. These forces were known to use these very same children in attacks against us. However the success in our mission was not how well we fought, how strong we were, nor how proficient in our jobs we were (talent). Instead the success of our mission was how we navigated the human and political landscape and our interaction with the local populace and helping them see that we were there to help them and establish safety and freedom where they were at. The ability for us to commit to see this through to completion revolved around each of our character. Character cannot be over stated and is often understated.
I encourage you to look past the "talents" of others. Instead look to their character. Skill can be trained and instilled, and with the proper talent in place that individual will shine. They could seem to be the perfect fit for your organization and team. However without a solid foundation for which their character is founded upon they will crumble and falter when the pressure rises. Heres to your success in what ever you choose to pursue, have a blessed week!