Public Speaking I have to write a public speech on the following quote:                       "everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place...

Public Speaking

I have to write a public speech on the following quote:                       "everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads" any ideas?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a very interesting quote, and can be interpreted in many ways.  I think that people with genuine talent have to suffer to become really good at what they do.  If you just have talent and you do nothing with it, then your life will not change.  True artists suffer with their talent as they refine their art.  They struggle to make something new and to understand their talent.  They push themselves beyond their abilities, so they can see what their abilities truly are.  To me, this is the dark place the quotation refers to.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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My advice is to make this speech as personal as possible.  It is always easier, when speaking in front of groups, to tell your own story or the story of someone very close to you, than something you researched or read about.

This means you need to think of a time when you experienced taking a talent to a "dark place."  Have you even done this?  Perhaps it is a sport you play, a hobby you enjoy, or a club you participate in.  Think about a time when you really struggled as a result of trying to achieve something in that hobby.  Maybe it compromised your time, your relationships with others, your health.

If you cannot come up with something personal (And I assure you, it could be something very simple.  Often the simplest examples reach the most people because they can relate.) maybe you know someone who has a story you can tell.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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My guess is that he's saying that Jesus "talent" took  him to a very unpleasant end -- his death.

Outside of that, I think you could talk about how hard it is to commit to pushing yourself as far as your talent will go.  In order to be as great as you can be, you have to be willing to shoot for big things.  Shooting for big things means risking failure.  I think that is a point you can use.

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