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Glen J. Dalakian Sr. Business Matters Colts Neck
Nov 06, 2018

Business Matters: Wasted Talent

Glen J. Dalakian, Sr.

Glen J. Dalakian Sr. Business Matters Colts Neck

I have often been asked what the most disheartening thing is about being a business owner or organization leader, and my response has usually included Wasted Talent. I have worked with so many promising people with great capabilities and potential. But far too often I have seen those individuals flush their opportunities down the drain over foolish endeavors, miscommunications, love of money (greed), fear, envy or other reasons beyond my comprehension.

Few experiences in my professional career have broken my heart more than Wasted Talent. If you’ve seen the movie “A Bronx Tale” (I would suggest you do), you know exactly what I mean. I sat my sons down when they were young and had them watch this film (more than once) and discussed with them how wasted talent impacts so many families and causes incredible suffering.

Why do we do it? How do we let great things get away from us as we settle for less than life has to offer? Please understand: I am not talking about money. I know many wealthy but very unhappy people, and I have seen those with little in the way of finance who have great lives filled with joy.

Whatever your measure of success (business or personal), I leave that to you. But my hope is to help prevent you and others from a blight that has plagued mankind since the beginning of time: Wasted Talent.

Let’s put all the main achievement killers like alcohol, drugs, greed, etc. aside for now, and focus on some of the less obvious, but potentially devastating, dream stealers. Are you leading a life of quiet desperation? Do you come home at night and plop in front of the ulltra-HD TV and turn up the anesthetic? Have you failed in caring for your health or even your family? Stop – take a deep breath, and know there is a way out and up!

To break the cycle, here are a few options:

1. Make a list of things that take away from your productive time.

2. Be aware that time is your most valuable commodity and make every moment count.

3. Read. Learn from others’ successes.

4. Find a mentor to hold you accountable and offer wisdom.

5. Hang out with friends who lift you up, not pull you down.

6. Practice delayed gratification.

7. Set goals and strive toward them daily.

8. Create new and productive habits.

9. Consider your health and manage it well.

There is not one item listed above that you cannot do. You may need some encouragement and support, so find an accountability partner – perhaps someone in your same situation who is also tired of being sick and tired. Or maybe someone you know who has achieved some of the success you yearn for.

Seek and yea shall find – you may be surprised at who is willing to come to your aid.