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Talent is an illusion

When you look at somebody who sings like an angel or after reading another Stephen King’s book, you may think: “What a talented person!”. But have you ever thought about what talent is? Is it inborn or acquired? Is a talent something given you at birth or you can be good at everything? There are […]

When you look at somebody who sings like an angel or after reading another Stephen King’s book, you may think: “What a talented person!”. But have you ever thought about what talent is? Is it inborn or acquired? Is a talent something given you at birth or you can be good at everything? There are a lot of different opinions but here are a few proven statements:

Talent equals hard work.

Hungarian chess teacher and educational psychologist Laszlo Polgar truly believed that a talent is inculcated by education. He has raised a famous “Polgar sisters”: Zsuzsa, Zsofia and Judit. He started to teach them to play chess when they were four years old and it was an age when those three girls start to work hard. They put their lives into chess. Two of them became the best and second best female chess players in the world. I doubt that it was just an incredible coincidence.

Talent equals a lot of efforts.

While listening to Beethoven’s sensuous “Moonlight Sonata” or staring at the Aivazovsky’s deep and unbelievably epic “9th wave” the voice in your head is saying: “Only a genius could create something like that!”. But don’t you think that not all of their works are masterpieces?

Nobody knows the exact numbers, but I want to assure you that Michelangelo had made thousands of sketches and had drawn hundreds of paintings to eventually come up with a masterpiece. In some cases these numbers are decently diminished. The Great artwork = Time that was spent on learning + numbers of attempts + invested efforts.

Talent needs a burning desire.

I heard words like these a great many times: “I don’t have a voice to sing” or “My fingers are too short to play piano” and my favorite “I guess, I wasn’t born for this”. There is a guy in Russia, who has lost his hands when he was a teenager. Now he is a pro-player at CS:GO. Moreover, Dmitriy is not just some regular player but takes a high position in a world players rankings. He is using his left shoulder to press the buttons on the keyboard and right leg to control a mouse.

So what is the lesson? As the master Yoda could say: to achieve the objectives strong desire and unwavering willpower will let you.

Talent is an illusion.

In conclusion, I would like to say that you should never put your hands down. Becoming a talented person is much like getting to the Everest’s top. First of all, it is real. Secondly – it’s a long thorny path. All of the talented people know the taste of failure, but they never give up. As Stephen McCranie once said: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried”.

So if you ever thought that you want to become a singer but your voice is terrible, now you know a secret. You can achieve everything, just keep working hard and believing in your success! I wish you luck, the talented person!

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