Some people are more talented than others. Does that mean they are entitled to more in life? We live in a world where every successful person is tagged talented. You usually see what their current worth is, e.g. Jeff Bezos’s net worth as of July 13, 2020, is $196.6 billion (US). He is the richest person on the planet since 2017 now. Today, he is portrayed as a superhero, and usually thought to be lucky and talented. We recognize their achievements but seldom talk about their journeys.
We all have heard about god gifted talent. Here are the top 3 myths about talent:
I’m not talented enough
This is the most powerful myth. It’s easy to fall for this trap! Humans weren’t the most powerful animal during evolution so our brain has evolved to keep us safe from unknown circumstances. Whenever we get in a tough situation, our brain signals us to get in the defense mode rather than facing it head-on.
“Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.”Arthur Schopenhauer
I always wanted to write engaging posts that could go viral. I FAILED at that miserably. Why? Because I never actually posted anything. I kept telling myself that I’m not good enough.
That leads us to the 2nd biggest myth.
Talent is more important than practice
Even the most talented and gifted athletes train hard every day. They know someone, a little less talented but more persistent athlete, somewhere is working hard to win. And, so is the case of all the other professions in this world.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.Stephen King
I might not be the most talented writer out there but I can surely get there by working on my writing skills and by posting as much as I can because practice makes us perfect.
Talented people don’t fail
No one is talented enough to knock it out of the park every single time. It takes practice and persistence. A lot of misses and bad shots which no one cares about. If you are missing today or you hit some bad shots, keep going.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”Thomas A. Edison
You become better every iteration!