Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.-Sydney Smith
One of the most painful things that I witness over and over is when people desert their true natures because they think that acting some other way or doing other things will bring them more acceptance from others. But if some people will be more likely to accept me because of an act I put on, are those really the people I want to be with? I don’t think so.
The hardest part of staying true to our nature is defining what our nature actually is. Not every situation in our daily lives helps us to determine or to follow our true natures. Not every reaction that we have to every situation reflects our true nature, and while we may be patient by nature, a rough day most certainly can lead us to act more than a little impatient. And my nature may be that of a shrewd businessperson, but when I make a mistake I may not seem so shrewd at all.
What are your talents? What kinds of things come the easiest to you? These are things that you cannot desert, for in deserting them you’re rejecting gifts that can make your life much happier, much more whole, much more fulfilling. Your future success depends upon you being true to your nature and sticking to those things that you love to do and that you do well. The success that comes from such a plan is true, lasting success, not the fleeting success that comes from playing the games the way that others think you should play them.
In sports we see people stick to the positions that they love to play and that they’ve trained to play. Likewise in life, we have gifts in certain areas that are deeply embedded in our natures, and sticking to those gifts can help us to live our lives fully and completely.
Questions to consider:
Have you ever tried to define your nature? Can your nature be different in various contexts?
Why is success more lasting when it follows our natures?
Why do so many people desert their lines of talent?
For further thought:
I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; it’s talent and passion that count in success.-Ingrid Bergman