Will you pick hardwork or talent?
Talent is a very subjective thing. It's not always easy to define or quantify, and it's not always obvious to others what you have that makes you so special. But whether you're a world-famous artist or just someone who loves to draw, the truth is that talent is something that every person on this planet has and it's a gift we should all strive to use well.
A person's talent is the ability to do something well. It can be anything from playing the piano to writing a novel. People often confuse talent with skill. A person who has a lot of skill isn't necessarily talented; it just means they've been practicing for a long time. A person who has a lot of talent, on the other hand, has an amazing ability that comes from within them and makes them special.
Talent helps people to become successful, get ahead in their careers, and make an impact on the world around them. But while talent may seem like something that comes naturally or easily for some people (like being able to play an instrument), it can also be learned and that's why we need to all work together to make sure that everyone has access to opportunities and encouragement so they can develop their talents into something remarkable.
This is the reason why I believe that talent is not enough to make a person successful. Talent can help to get you started but you will need to work hard if you aim to get to the pinnacle of your career or field. One thing I have come to realize about some very talented people is that they tend to become lazy when they know they are very good at something, they don't see any need to put in much effort and at the end of the day, that can turn out to be disastrous.
What do I mean by this? Someone very talented in a particular field but doesn't put in the work to further improve that talent all fall behind someone who doesn't have the talent but is very hardworking and improves their skills daily. In other words; hardwork beats talent. A person with no talent but who's very hardworking has a higher chance of becoming successful than a person who's talented but doesn't utilize that talent.
Which one works for me?
I'm very talented when it comes to computers but I still prefer working hard. I observe that I perform better when I put a lot of effort into leading something (and I believe that's the same for everyone). Even though I'm talented in using a computer, there are still a couple of things I don't know and I can easily learn them but I will still go through the long way to learning them.
There are some times when I'm learning something new and I realize I'm familiar with some of the concepts, I won't skip them and go straight to the ones I don't know, instead, I will go through the effort of learning the whole thing again because I learn better that way. Repeating something helps with building muscle memory for that particular skill and you will hardly forget what you learned.
But something I actually prefer to both of these options is smartwork. Instead of working hard on something, why not look for a smarter way of doing that same thing? But smartwork can also be considered a shortcut, which is why I always learn something the hard way first, before thinking up a smarter solution that will be easier. If there's no smarter way of doing that thing, then I will just continue using the method I learned initially.
But generally speaking, hardwork is the best approach for me and it's something I have found to be very effective. Even though I'm quite talented in a couple of fields (especially in the computer aspect), I still need to work hard if I aim to become one of the best in that field. I also believe everyone who is talented should also focus on working hard and pushing their talent to the limit if they want to get to the top.
Thanks for reading
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