People of Talent

People of Talent

Every single Career Activist believes they are a “person of talent.” How can that be?

Historically, talent has been viewed as a select capability possessed by a select few. It is the extraordinary skill or aptitude of extraordinary people.

Most Americans know about the talent of Meryl Streep, Michael Jordan, Stephen King and Taylor Swift. But, the notion that only they have talent is a misperception, especially in the United States. In this country, talent is actually a very democratic attribute.

The Equality of Talent

As every school child in America learns, the Declaration of Independence holds that “all men are created equal.” Today, that phrase is interpreted to include all people, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, religion or national origin. They may be very different from one another or live their lives in very different ways, but every American citizen has the same inherent worth and dignity.

This belief in and commitment to equality among individuals obliges Americans to recognize the presence of talent in every person. Including themselves. In essence, each American is, by their very nature, a person of talent. All Americans are endowed with the gift of a special capability or aptitude—special not because it’s rare, but because it enables them to be special—to excel.

And because of that undifferentiated access to excellence, the talent of one person is unquestionably no better than the talent of another. There are differences in talent, to be sure, but those differences do not make one kind of talent better than another.

Excellence has no rankings. Therefore, just as all Americans have an identical right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, they all have an identical claim to talent and to being the exceptional person it empowers them to be.

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Note: The above post was drawn in part from my new book, The Career Activist Republic. To read more, get the book at, in many bookstores and on