LESSONS from FAILURE: TALENT and CHARACTER


tncWelcome to today’s snippet of LESSONS FROM FAILURE with OLAKUNLE SORIYAN aired on Smooth 98.1. It is my belief that failure is a critical tool in defining lasting success. I have learnt more from my many failures than from anything else. Today, I feel obligated to share what I have learnt in a very hard and painful way. My pain thought me
that while my gifts and talents will get me noticeable anywhere; only my character will get me God’s approval. I now know, clearly, the difference between a gift and character. The world celebrates gifts and talents but your future is only impressed by your character.

Character is the most meaningful legacy we can share with the world. I know countless talented and gifted people who lack character. If you are talented, your platform will soon appear.  Some may never know till pain teaches otherwise; but truthfully, our talents can make so much room for us such that the rooms become too big for our little character; and we can actually be consumed by the same room that is designed to bless us. Character is the singular element with the capacity to grow us to the size of the rooms our gifts open for us, so that we are able to continuously use those rooms as victors, instead of the rooms using us as victims.

Character is an act of will and it will sustain the sharpness and honour of your gift. I encourage all people everywhere to protect their talents; but more than that, to pursue character building.

Posted on March 26, 2013, in QUOTES. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I understand the message here clearly. I am however, inclined to disagree! Aren’t there people without character who remain at the top? Take a look around sir, half of the people who are celebrities today have very visible vices and character flaws but they haven’t fallen from their perch. If anything, they are getting better. Perhaps, character is not a compulsory ingredient after all!?!

    • I agree with u dat our society as well as many others have stars who are flawed in character. However, it doesn’t mean they are infallible. When the real tests come their way, their shaky and shallow foundations will not be able to hold them up. It’s only a matter of time. This is what I believe today’s piece is about. Warning folks about ‘unreliable foundations’. Why build what is not guaranteed to last? Why make the error a standard?

    • @Ndama, i see your point but i think when the message says “…without character you can’t remain at the top” it doesnt say you can’t get there like the guys you are referring to. Getting to the top and staying there are two different things and i think I agree with Mr Soriyan that only Character can keep you at the top.
      Secondly, please don’t mistake being noticeable for being at the top. I’m pretty sure a lot of the ‘celebrities’ you refer to are just enjoying some level of notice and not necessarily that they are at the top.

  2. The Kidcentric

    While I am inclined to agree with the previous comment that says “Character is not a compulsory ingredient”; I would also like to add that these individuals with Talent and no Good Character always find it difficult to somewhat sustain their greatness over a long period of time. Without pointing fingers, I think there are a few celebrities (with bad characters) who still live on their past glories; life ain’t so rosy for them anymore…

  3. Talent, a gift for performance. Even mad men possess it! Character, built over time. John Wooden said “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

  4. I tuned in this morning…I absolutely agree with your thoughts on Talent and Character sir. I especially loved the example of Talent creating a door that your character may not be able to handle. Some incredible thoughts to always start my day.

  5. The question is on what standard? A society where values and moral standards are faulty we can say categorically that character is not a necessary fibre. Or a society where mediocrity is celebrated as excellence and excellence as mediocrity, we can truly say, it doesn’t really matter. But the goal is not to base our assessment on the fallen state we are in, but rather on the ideal. The strength of any material is in its longevity. How long can anyone truly last in anything without character. What sustains our gifts and talent is character. And I believe anything short of this is just for a very short time. No wonder the popular saying ‘The mighty are falling’. The truth is the mighty never had a solid foundation of character.

  6. Soaring Samuel

    ‘charisma with out character is will lead to catastrophe’ actually time being the perfect harmonizer will reveal it.

  7. Great piece on Character building…Bless your heart sir

  8. Talent is what makes one known but character is what keeps you going. Talent without character is like a house without a roof. Good character is what makes people submit to you genuinely. People may follow your talent but they will willingly submit to you if you have good character.

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