So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work - Nehemiah 4:6
Skills aren't programmed to work miracles if they aren't accompanied with the will to appropriate them to the highest good. Those who claim that they have skills and never invest their time to put them to use are nothing short of sleeping giants. Even the Bible says that men of skills are not necessarily wealthy (Eccl 9:11 - NLT), partly because some of them go to sleep while others keep trucking away. And when it's time for harvest, they have little or nothing to rake in. You can't afford to be likened to a skilled farmer who never invest his farming skills but takes pride in announcing himself as the most skilful. When harvest comes, his status is likely to be reduced to a beggar.
Compounding your skill with the strength of will precludes you from going through the mill. Misery and poverty don't attend the way of a man who graciously appropriates his skills and talents. Diligence in utilising your skill places you above the company of the average and launches you into the mainstream of people of impact. Joseph had no cause to remain a perpetual prison because he demonstrated the willingness to give a helping hand with his gifting in interpreting dreams. While held as a prisoner, he could have allowed depression to come in the way of charitable use of his gift. His willpower to lend a helping hand paved way for him to attend to reputable request from dignitaries. In the final analysis, he escaped the daily grind of keeping close tabs on his fellow prisoners and transitioned to take over the reins of leadership in Egypt, as a prime minister.
It is also worthy of note that leveraging your skill with a diligent disposition brings you into the circumference of honour. The Bible says a man who is diligent in his business will stand before kings and not before mere men. Using David as a case in point, his skill brought him before King Saul, as a special minister to the king. More importantly, against all odds, David rose from catering to the need of his father's flock, to becoming God's preferred king over Israel, after King Saul was divinely rejected.
Today, identify what makes you tick and wilfully become a stickler for excellence. Appropriate your gifting to the max, because it is capable of making you to rise to the height of impact making.