How to Value Talent?

An amusing story is told to us of the famous author Somerset Maugham. His books were published and sold in Spain, but Spanish laws did not permit him to take his enormous royalties out of the country at that time.

Maugham decided that he would spend all of the accumulated money in Spain by taking a luxurious holiday at one of the famous resorts in the country. He moved into the fine hotel, took their best suite, entertained his guests lavishly and had a great vacation. When he was fairly certain that most of the money had been spent, he asked for the bill and announced at the reception that he would be leaving the resort in a couple of days.

The manager of the hotel paid him a visit that very afternoon. Maugham was told very politely that he had no bill to pay. His very presence at the hotel had been a matter of prestige for the proprietor; hundreds of visitors had been attracted to the hotel by Maugham’s presence; the newspapers had written about his stay there. This had generated a fair amount of publicity for the business. There was no way that the hotel could charge a guest who had brought to them so much luck and benefit!

The Spaniards knew how to value people. And Maugham’s quandary of how to spend the unused Spanish royalties remained with him.

One resource that we all under-value, under-rate and under-utilize is undoubtedly our human resource.

Praise helps people to reinstate and boost their self-esteem. Find friends who have a creative bent of mind and indulge in activities that hone their talents. Take time out for yourself; too, to get absorbed into some form of creativity for a few hours each week. Stress will never be able to catch up with you.

Madhu Bhaskaran

Mr. Madhu Bhaskaran is a very famous HRD trainer and Personal Coach in Kerala , South India. Through his 24 years' experience in the capacity building training, he created the spark in more than one lakh people.

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