What do you think about talent?
Is it a God given gift or a hard-earned skill?
The myth surrounding talent would want us to think that it is given by chance, God, nature …
However, hard facts suggest that it is something else. Even in the artistic world.
Is talent the ability to create something uniquely beautiful and meaningful? Or is it the willingness to devote time and effort to the task? Is it magic, or is it good old-fashion hard work?
Famous athletes like the legendary Michael Jordan or today’s Giannis Antetokounmpo proudly declare that they practised longer and harder than anybody else. World renowned artists like Michelangelo and Picasso dedicated their lives to the study of art and filled their days with exploration and experimentation. Even Einstein would work relentlessly hard to develop and prove his theories. Nobody just woke up one day and did it!
At home I often see my young daughter painting. Everybody keeps saying how talented she is. What I see is a kid willing to devote time and effort to improve. She will paint something and then throw it away if she doesn’t like it. She will try again. And again. In order to achieve a satisfying result, she’ll ask for a book, or find a YouTube channel with instructions; she’ll ask the teacher at school. Anything! Anything that will enable her to deliver the desired outcome, the vision.
Is that talent? The vision? Don’t we all have a vision? I believe we do.
The problem is that some of us lack courage. Some of us lack confidence and determination. But this is our choice, our decision. One can decide to act on a desire. Or not act.
For me, it is now clear that talent is the willingness to try again and again and again. Until we like the outcome.
Until our achievement has something of us in it, has our approval and our truth.
What do you think? Do you agree, or do you see talent as a God given attribute destined for some selected few?
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