If you don’t have the talent you want, use the talent you have.

He Couldn’t Sing, So He Whittled

By Zig Ziglar

I came across this story today and thought it was awesome!  I highly encourage anyone interested in business to subscribe to Zig Ziglar’s newsletter.  He is brilliant with business and it is FREE!

Antonio was a lad who lived in Cremona, Italy, during the 17th century.  Cremona was a musical town where great acclaim was bestowed on those who could sing or play.  Unfortunately, although Antonio wanted recognition for his musical talents, his friends called him “squeaky voice” when he tried to sing.  He tried to play the piano and the violin, but his skills were limited.

As Antonio walked through the streets of Cremona with his friends, he listened to their beautiful voices.  Unfortunately, the only thing he could do was whittle on a block of wood with his knife.  One day, while sitting at the edge of the street, whittling, watching and listening to three of his friends play and sing beautiful songs, he noted that the people passing by frequently dropped coins into their hands to reward their efforts.  One gentleman stopped longer than any of the others and even asked them to repeat a song.  When they finished, he dropped a coin into the hand of the singer, then moved on down the street.  Much to their shock, the boys discovered it was a gold coin, which was quite a bit of money to give a street singer.  But the man who gave it could afford to do so.  His name was Amati and he was identified as the greatest violin maker in all of Italy.

That evening at home, Antonio thought about Amati and decided that he, too, wanted to become a violin maker.  The next morning he went to the home of Amati and persuaded him to let him be his apprentice.  For many years Antonio learned from the master and in due time his work became known throughout the whole world.

Antonio’s last name was Stradivari.  To this day, musicians still make music from his violins, which now sell for six figures plus.  Message: If you don’t have the talent you want, use the talent you have.  Do that and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!  (Thank you, Don Wildmon, of the American Family Association.)

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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7 responses to “If you don’t have the talent you want, use the talent you have.

  • Ann Lihl

    Love this story! This reminds me of a movie that is in my top ten favorites: THE RED VIOLIN. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll probably LOVE it! Everyone who I told to watch it, and did, loved it!

    I love inspirational stories though, so thanks for posting this! I’m gonna subscribe to his newsletter as well! Thanks Lisa.

  • INDIE Business RoundUp: July 1, 2011 – Business

    […] Use the talent you have. When I was younger, I used to wish I could sing like some of the ladies in my hometown church choir, but every time I opened my mouth to join in, I was reminded that singing is not my gift. It took me years (and much heartache) to truly appreciate my own gifts, and if you need a reminder of how special you are just the way you are, you’ll enjoy this post. […]

  • bluemooncandles

    Thanks Ann!
    I have never watched that, but am putting it on my list ❤
    Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
    ~Lisa

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    […] Use the talent you have. When I was younger, I used to wish I could sing like some of the ladies in my hometown church choir, but every time I opened my mouth to join in, I was reminded that singing is not my gift. It took me years (and much heartache) to truly appreciate my own gifts, and if you need a reminder of how special you are just the way you are, you’ll enjoy this post. […]

  • Rhonda Bellamy Hodge

    What a beautiful story. I am encouraged to use what I have to get what I want. And that includes smiling broadly, showing my dimples which have been with me all my life. A source of frequent compliments and an immediate friend-maker to all I meet. And we all need more “friends”.

  • bluemooncandles

    We sure do! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!
    All the Best!
    ~Lisa

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    […] Use the talent you have. When I was younger, I used to wish I could sing like some of the ladies in my hometown church choir, but every time I opened my mouth to join in, I was reminded that singing is not my gift. It took me years (and much heartache) to truly appreciate my own gifts, and if you need a reminder of how special you are just the way you are, you’ll enjoy this post. […]

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