Is talent all that it takes?

Yesterday i met an old friend of mine. She is an amazing dancer. She has won lots of competitions and performed at many events. Watching her dance is actually a treat. The way her body moves to the rhythm, the way her face expresses the lyrics and the enegry she radiates.. it’s  a beautiful experience.
She is so busy with her shoots these days, i couldn’t help but admire her.

“You are sooo talented! I love to watch you on stage, you just rule the stage girl!”

“Hehe.. thanks! And i am not really sure about the talent thing though”

“What do you mean?” I was surprised. I thought she was too humble to take the credit

“I have practiced a lot you know. I love dance. That’s true. But it didn’t happen overnight. There were times when i had to practice for 6-7 hours a day. I did that for months. That actually got me to where i am today”

Then she told me about her sleepless nights, her struggle to keep up with practice, the frustration and disappointment she experienced in her early days and how she kept going despite of all that.

How easy it is to label someone as talented or gifted and stop wondering how they did it. Instead of actually taking time to understand about their struggle and hardships and sacrifice.

We don’t want to hear about it now, do we?
We like to think of great people as somehow born with greatness and others as not.

Talent is a real thing, true. But many a times effort counts twice.

Angela Duckworth a psychologist, found a very important factor that high achievers have in common, grit.
“Grit is the perseverance and passion towards long term goals. It is about working on something you really care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it. It’s doing what you love, but not just falling in love – staying in love”
– Angela Duckworth

Her studies found that our potential is one thing. What we do with it is another.
She states a very interesting theory which says –
Skill = Talent × effort
Achievement = skill × effort

Here, as we can see, effort literally counts twice.

When asked Will Smith, he put it this way –

“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I am not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might even be sexier than me. You might be all of those things. You got me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: you’re getting off first or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.”
– Will Smith

“The seperation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft”.
– Will Smith

So maybe what success really needs is effort. Lots of effort.

How can we apply this in our life?
Here are a few suggestions –

1. Stop thinking you’re not talented enough to do a particular task. Maybe if you put in enough effort, you will end up mastering it.

2. Spend more time working on your craft, your skill. Something you want to excel at. Try to get better with each stroke.

3. Stay focused, period. Select one important career goal in your life and stay focused. No switching sides when it gets hard. No changing the lanes when you fail. Stay loyal to your end goal. You might want to find different ways to get there, but stay persistent to achieve your goals.

To be honest, I’m working on the same. Trying to stay focused and devote more time to my work. Let’s get together in this and make it happen.

Cheers to our success! 🙂

17 thoughts on “Is talent all that it takes?

  1. Inspiring post and the formula you have given is 💯 true. It needs to be understood that hard works play the major role in success and without it nothing great is possible in life. 💖

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  2. Hi Vrunda! in all things Life Like Lovers, Work, Homes, and Cars;
    Falling in Love With them may Be So Easy but Staying in Love
    is accepting the Moment as is DarK Thru LiGHT and making the
    Best of Sunshine and Storms too…
    Smiles.. i’ve kept the Same And First
    Wife close to 30 Years; the First And
    Same Home for over 26 Years; and on
    Average i keep the Same Car for 15 Years;
    And that’s a Huge part in how i became Financially
    Independent by Age 47 as it’s true i kept the Same Job
    with the Government for 25 Years and was fortunate enough
    to Have the Benefit to retire Early at age 49; that’s pretty Good
    considering that even with 3 College Degrees that Job started off
    at close to Minimum Wage for the Government until it got converted
    to Federal Civil Service Later and the Wage Automatically Doubled
    that was the Lucky part of the whole deal but i had to do the rest of
    the work… Smiles…
    i ended up at the top
    of the Heap of Pay Grade
    Levels for the Government
    But did you know that Science
    Suggests on average now the Least
    Happiest age for Human Beings is 47;
    and the Most Happy is when Human Beings
    are Young and Old on average; i wasn’t surprised
    to Hear this as at the so-called Most Successful part
    of my Career i was the Most Miserable of all then for all
    The Stress that took a toll on me for 11 Years getting there..
    true that took a real toll.. almost my life and 66 Months of Recovery
    time to get remedied from 19 stress related Medical Disorders that were
    Life Threatening in Synergy as i’ve probably mentioned in our conversations before..
    Hehe; smiles, i didn’t literally get named as
    Famous and a Legend until after i got
    well and started Dancing in Public
    Halfway around the World in
    Distance now at 12,593 Miles
    in close to 77 Months of doing that
    along with 7.7 Million Words of Long
    Form Poem in the Same Span of Months
    since 8.18.13.. but you know what whenever anyone
    from the General Public calls me Famous or a Legend
    it is less satisfying than the Actual Joy of the Dance and
    the Writing too; even though i’ve never made a Penny off of
    anything i’ve done since i stopped actually making Money for Work…
    What i’ve come to find is as long as i am Engaged in the Flow of what
    i am enjoying doing now that is the true meaning to me for Complete Success
    and Happiness now.. really the only way it will be taken away is if i come to value
    what i am doing now as less than any reward i see coming in the Future.. but of course
    that takes work too; just not for money; for the Joy of Living now at best i see in moving, connecting
    and co-creating ways; i must say this is being In Love with Life to me; and the thing is no one can take
    it away as i generate the Happiness from Within; all i have to do is continue to do what i love to do;
    but of course it is the
    Seeking and finding
    whatever that is that
    may be difficult for the
    average person to find;
    and of course so many people
    spend their Life doing what they really
    can’t stand as their only reward is the pay
    check from the Job they do; that is no life at all to me;
    And People have asked me to get in Dance Contests before
    in Public for money but i’ve always said no even to smaller contests
    Just for fun as there is no competition for me but what i improve on now
    Next at my own pace in increasing complexity in Flow away from Both
    Boredom and Anxiety now.. but of course that is just the way i do it..
    but i really don’t
    see Society’s
    Ideas of
    Success
    in getting the
    biggest Toys and
    the Most Power and
    Status in Work as anything
    of Success to me in fact i don’t believe
    in Goals only aiming as High as i will
    in fulfilling Human Potential now but true
    i can afford to do that as the only cost is Freedom..
    i tend to measure what i do after i finish doing it Just for my Record Book.. hehe.;)

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  3. I was once a weak student. And as I grew up I learned on my own few tricks to study, it took a lot of hard work and effort to achieve a desired gpa. Now some people even friends say oh you are so genius and talented and I tell them it is effort and will to study. I am willing to learn the abc of my profession no matter how much effort it requires. And when you do things by heart you will find ways to invest your time wisely on stuff that really matters to you. What if you have talent but you never practice? You won’t be good at it. Thank you for sharing this post with us!

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    1. Sooo true Ayesha! I agree, talent is no good if you don’t polish it, don’t use it. I’m glad you learnt it early on in your life. Thank you sooo much for taking time to read ♥️♥️☺️

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