Seth Godin on “Skills vs. Talents” and the relevance to evangelism


Original post can be found here.

Skills vs. Talents.

If you can learn it, it’s a skill.

If it’s important, but innate, it’s a talent.

The thing is, almost everything that matters is a skill. If even one person is able to learn it, if even one person is able to use effort and training to get good at something, it’s a skill.

It’s entirely possible that some skills are easier for talented people to learn. It’s entirely possible you don’t want to expend the energy and dedicate the effort to learn that next skill.

But realizing that it’s a skill is incredibly empowering and opens the door of possibility.

What are you going to learn next?

Concerning the difference between a skill and a talent how would you respond with the question, “how are you doing with evangelism?” If it’s a skill, you can learn it. It’s a talent, then it’s innate. I believe it’s a skill that every Christian can learn, regardless of their personality type or bent, their background, their fears, etc.

As a result, let me ask you this question: “how are you going to learn how to do evangelism more effectively, faithfully and obediently?”

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