LESSONS from FAILURE: TALENT and CHARACTER
Welcome 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.