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If you have a talent or ability, is it wrong to not use it?

I have a many skills and talents. Some were innate, and some were gained through painful effort. I do not have a desire for money or fame. I'm content playing my music in the comfort of my home, or writing poetry and fiction for myself. Because of this I find myself repeatedly having conversations with my friends concerning my "need" to do something with it. They tell me "it's a shame" to keep my talents to myself. Is it? And if I gave up playing music, for example, why would that be considered as some sort of crime? If you have a talent, should you feel obligated to share it with the world?

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    Mar 10 2013: Tony are you asking the right question to get the answer you are looking for? How are you sharing your ideas? Are you asking your friends and acquaintances questions that make them want to engage your talents?
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      Mar 19 2013: I play music at home and sometimes people like to watch. I love to make music with others any chance I get. Also when they ask what I've been up to lately I might tell them the movies I watched, the books I've read or what I've written lately. When they hear I've created something they ask to see and I show them. They like it a lot and tell me I should submit it somewhere. I say I'm content with creating and don't want all the attention notoriety might bring. My catalog of work is fairly large at this point. My friends keep pushing me to share with the world, but I'm not sure I want to. I know they're just trying to help. Maybe I'm just stubborn.

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