Big lie about your talent

What exactly is talent anyway?

I’m a firm believer that talent is not something you are born with. You are only born with passion. Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest in effort.  

As Angela Duckworth wrote in her book “Grit” (visit Book section for more info), “…without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t. With effort, talent becomes skill and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive…”

Talent is something you create. Using passion for the good, rather than bad, leads to improvements in your skill. Talent only reflects on how hard-wired you are. If you think about all of the talented people you know, the only thing that they have in common is practice. So they weren’t born with it? Of course not! These people that you admire for their talent have been practicing whatever it is for so long, that to you their “talent” looks almost second nature. They almost make what they do look easy. Let me assure you, they mastered their craft long and hard way, with precision, efficiency & most importantly of all, practice.

If you think that the only way to succeed in life is because of talent- change your thinking process. Excellence & success are not born of any particular ability, but because of practice. In other words, you can be good at whatever you want. As the saying goes- only practice makes perfect. 

Come up with something that you love, something that you’re good at and transform them into passion. Commit to practice & perseverance. Becoming better at something, no matter what it is, calls for small transformation. Small steps will eventually lead to big growth. It is likely that you might experience disconnect right now between where you are & where you’d like to go. However, by setting small & achievable goals, you’ll gradually master what others should soon begin to describe as your “talent”.


“One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent; I’m the manager of it” – Madonna

One thought on “Big lie about your talent

  1. Nice topic. I could not agree more with your assessment. Numerous times when playing golf I get irritated with an errant shot and I always find myself asking the question, “what do you expect”? You don’t practice enough to make that shot with any consistency.

    Hope you are staying well. Merry Christmas!!


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