The Talent You Already Possess

Many people do not realize that Nat “King” Cole started his
musical career as a piano player. It was while he was on a
trip to California, performing in a night club, that his
singing career got a jump start.

The singer who was to have performed that evening was taken
ill. When Cole showed up the club owner asked about the
singer. When he learned the singer was sick, the club owner
responded, “No singer, no check.”

That’s the night Nat “King” Cole launched his career.
Actually, he had always been a singer but had never
recognized and used that talent. Those of us who remember
him as a person and as a talent consider him one of the true
greats in all of entertainment.

His music was spell-binding, soft, melodious and heart-
warming. Unforgettable titles are “Unforgettable,” “Ramblin’
Rose,” “The Very Thought of You,” “L.O.V.E.,” “Straighten Up
and Fly Right,” “Mona Lisa,” “When I Fall In Love,” “Too
Young,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Nature Boy,” “Love Letters,” “For
All We Know,” “The Very Thought of You.”

I tell this story because you might be like me, unable to
carry a tune. I certainly can’t, but I’m convinced that you
have a song to sing, and here’s hoping you will take a
different view of what you can do with the talent you
already possess.

by Zig Ziglar