How do you view your talent? What is the proper angle?
I like this quote I just read in Issac Stern's "My First 79 Years". Stern is speaking,
"I have another photograph of Mr. Pollack [one of Stern's first teachers], this one of him alone, dated 1930, on which these words appear over his signature: 'to my beloved pupil Isaac Stern - May he watch every day over the treasure nature has given him.' "
Your talent is given to you by nature.
Your talent is a treasure from nature to you, which you must vigilantly watch over every day- to protect it, to grow it.