What's the price of talent?

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What's the price of talent?

You’ve probably heard the old saying “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Well, what can you say about the price of perfection or the price of talent?

Here’s the story.

I was having dinner with my wife in a fancy Italian restaurant in the new Wynn hotel in Las Vegas in preparation for the ShowStoppers Media Reception at the Consumer Electronics Show. When the waiter brought the dessert menu, I noticed the cognacs. No, I don’t go big for after dinner drinks. One beer is fine for me. But here’s what caught my eye.

There were two cognacs, one named Perfection, the other named Talent. I gasped when I saw the price of Perfection was $695. However, my jaw dropped when I saw the price of Talent. $1,090!

I’m not kidding!

I would love to be the bar tender who gets a 20 percent tip for pouring those drinks!

Of course, there’s a message here. Which is more important? Talent or Perfection?

I’ve learned from my PR LEADS expert clients that a main cause of procrastination is the quest for perfection. People just can finish projects! Sometimes they are overwhelmed with the idea of being perfect they can’t even get started. They might be brilliant, but they can’t get the job done.

On the other hand, talent is rare. It takes talent to come up with new ideas, see the boundless possibilities and put a plan in place to bring them to fruition.

My business coach, Mark LeBlanc, has a great saying,”Done is better than perfect.”

Think about this the next time you work on a project and see how it affects your thinking.

Dan Janal
Your Fearless PR LEADER
PR LEADS
https://www.prleads.com

By |2016-11-28T23:38:45+00:00January 5th, 2006|PR LEADS General Advice|4 Comments

About the Author:

Dan Janal, author of "Write Your Book In A Flash!" helps leaders write books so they can get more clients and sell more products. My clients get terrific results from my coaching, developmental editing and ghostwriting. For info, go to http://www.WriteYourBookInAFlash.com.

4 Comments

  1. Steven Rothberg January 5, 2006 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Great entry, Dan. As I wrote in my blog at http://www.collegerecruiter.com/weblog/archives/2006/01/talent_versus_p.php , successful organizations are driven by talent rather than by perfectionists. Those with talent have vision, ability, and are willing to fail in the short-term in order to succeed in the long-term.

    Perfectionists, on the other hand, are often unable or unwilling to take those necessary risks because they cannot fail. And therefore they also cannot succeed.

    Steven Rothberg, President and Founder
    CollegeRecruiter.com job board
    http://www.CollegeRecruiter.com

  2. DrFarrell January 6, 2006 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Thanks, Dan, you always have a word or two that sends me straight back to my computer to keep my nose to the grindstone. In fact, a new project just came my way and I was mulling it over. Done is better than perfect.

  3. Steve Koss January 6, 2006 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    As usual Dan, an exemplary entry as a gadfly. Talent provides the path for the journey of emotional intelligence and creative imagination versus the perfectionist who misses opportunities that flow right on by due to the focus on the given task, missing the big picture. Continue the insights and haring wisdom and experiences.

    Steven (Steve) Koss
    Visionary, Consultant at Large
    Results Wizard, and
    Satellite Flight Controller

  4. Steve Koss January 6, 2006 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    As usual Dan, an exemplary entry as a gadfly. Talent provides the path for the journey of emotional intelligence and creative imagination versus the perfectionist who misses opportunities that flow right on by due to the focus on the given task, missing the big picture. Continue the insights and sharing wisdom and experiences.

    Steven (Steve) Koss
    Visionary, Consultant at Large
    Results Wizard, and
    Satellite Flight Controller

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