I heard an interview the other day w/ Dean Koontz, and what caught my attention was the statement:
“Talent is grace”.
He followed it, with the understanding that you can’t take credit for talent, since it was given to you. So, the only thing you can take credit for, is your craft; the honing of skills and the application of your talent to influence the community around you and the world at large.
Our author reiterates this concept in the his book, Odd Apocalypse:
“Every talent is unearned, however, and with it comes a solemn obligation to use it as fully and as wisely as possible.”