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I believe that each of us has at least one special gift or talent.
Some people never find their talent in life or worse yet they squander it.
I was a former college basketball coach. I like to think I know a lot about various TALENTED basketball players but I got humbled this week when I stumbled across the name Reggie Harding.
I was researching the word talent and came across a story on the life of Reggie Harding by Adrian Lawhorn. Here is a brief summary.
Reggie Harding was the first player to go straight to the NBA without attending college. That occurred in 1963 when he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons. He played at Detroit Eastern High School which is now Detroit King HS
He had talent and was 7’0″ tall. He often posted double-doubles as a NBA player but was constantly in trouble with the law. He got banned for an entire season by the NBA in 1965-66. Came back to Detroit, got traded to Chicago played 14 games and eventually wound up in ABA for one season. He was shot and killed at age 30 in 1972 in Detroit.
As a coach I paused and had one thought –TALENT wasted
It seems so logical that people would use and cherish their talents but that is not always the case.
Just like people don’t use gift cards given to them. Unused talent and gift cards balances fall in the same waste bucket. In recent years it has been reported that one billion dollars in gift cards was not used That is a waste.
Not everyone goes to the extremes that Reggie Harding experienced in wasting his talents but I am confident that lots of people set aside their talents. Find your talent and use it to serve others.