rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it
~ Erica Jong
WHAT IS TALENT?
Do you have what it takes to be a…
actor, musician, scientist, tennis player, architect, poet, doctor,
The short answer is
yes, you do. In this article, I will share with you 5 steps toawaken your talent.But first, what is talent anyway? It all boils down to how we define it. If we think of talent asour initial,
, ability, then we are lot more similar to each other than we tend to imagine. Mostdifferences in what we perceive to be talent are actually due to
training. When Einstein
said “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious,” he wasn’t just being humble.
Consider the following analogy: A long distance race has begun. But, unlike most races, the racershave somewhat different starting points
these represent their talent, or untrained natural ability.Some racers will stop exactly where they start
they never develop their natural ability at all. Theseracers never go far
completely untrained natural ability is never very impressive. Others sprint for a
little while and then stop. Yet others keep going, and going, and going… who do you think will go the
furthest?On the other hand, if we view talent as our ability
, then we are all very talented. This isthe definition of talent that I will use. Let me tell you something that I believe with all my heart: youcan do anything that lies within the reach of humanity. There are very real limits of what you can do,for even with a lifetime of training, a person cannot be trained to fly unassisted. But, if there are otherpeople who can do it, so can you.We are all talented. In fact, you have so many talents that there is absolutely no hope that you couldever develop all of them. But if you pick one, you can surely develop it to the point of true excellence,
until everyone will think “There is true talent!”
But, don’t do it for them.
Do it for yourself
A PERSONAL STORY
Like many others, I used to believe that raw, untrained ability mattered for some things more than forothers. Perhaps some things can be trained, but creative work, I thought, required more naturaltalent. Also, I thought that anything physical also called for more raw ability.