As someone who in the last year has enjoyed exploring some interesting new areas — like blogging, and because of that, fiction writing and photography, I like what the following quote says:
Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
I think God must enjoy seeing us test ourselves to discover which talents He has given us — and in what quantities! And, my guess is He wants us to enjoy the process of the exploration, as the quote says, rather than withhold our enjoyment until we perceive we are “successful.”
May we all look for whatever talents we have been blessed with, and then look for ways to use them to glorify Him. Now, that is success!