Wisdom

Is it talent or hard work?

Photo by Ethan Hu on Unsplash

Photo by Ethan Hu on Unsplash.

In the time perk of social media, it’s easy to share your passion with the world. It has become the way of exploring new talent. Talent. “You’re so talented!” is a comment you often see when, for example, someone who’s a good singer posts a video of them doing that. But what exactly is talent? Talent makes that what someone’s good at doing sound so effortless. Like it comes naturally to them. But is that really the truth about people and their passions? And if not, what is it then?

They say that hard work is the key to success and I really believe that. You can like doing something so much but without any practice, without working hard, you’re never going to get good or any better at this thing. Only a few years ago, how good I was at singing and writing is nothing compared to how good I’m at it now (I’m still far from perfect at it, though, just saying) If I listen back to covers I recorded back then or chapters I wrote, I just can’t believe how much progress I’ve made ever since then. You don’t always realize that, how much you can improve from working hard and putting a lot of effort into certain things. But looking back and taking a good look at how good or bad you used to be at something can really open your eyes.

Talent, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is “a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught”. I don’t like that word, talent. I don’t like it because as a creator myself it almost feels like an insult. That is because it makes it sound like I was born being this good at for example, writing or singing. I know that people mean it well when they say “you’re so talented”, but they don’t see that to become this good at writing and singing I have had to practice a lot. It doesn’t come just naturally to me.  

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Not everybody can sing, not everybody can write” and there is some truth to that. Writing and singing is easier to do for one person than it is for the other. So I do think that with just hard work you’re not going to get there either. I do believe you need to have some sort of aptitude for something to be able to become really good at it. Because I know that no matter how many times I would try, I would never be good at any sports or playing an instrument. (And I’m saying this out of experience.) That is because I just can’t get myself to master these skills because I don’t really have the aptitude for it. So yes, I do believe talent exists, but when I look at my writing and my singing, I will say that it’s 20% talent and 80% hard work. 

I used to believe I wasn’t talented enough to ever become good at writing or singing. I felt like an amateur. But years of practice and encouraging words of people around me, teached me that with a lot of practice, I was able to be good and become even better at writing and singing. So, believe me when I say that if you have a passion and you’re willing to work hard to become better at it, you can turn yourself from an amateur into a master.

Love, Margriet

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    Anna
    October 31, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post and this was a good fit for me in my blogging journey, as I go up and down on the rollercoaster of “am I good enough as so and so??” get discouraged, then quit for a few days before I get the nerve to try again. I do have passion, but is is a long, frustrating journey at times.

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