Definition of success varies from person to person and from situation to situation — ranging from scoring impressive scores in assessments to making million-dollar investments.
However, one thing is certain — success is the achievement of set goals; when you aim to lose 1kg and eventually do, when you plan to stay off a habit and eventually do, when you intend to accomplish all tasks on your to-do list and eventually do — all these are success no matter how little, whether short-term or long-term.
In your school or at your workplace, have you been sidelining and underestimating yourself because you feel others got “more brains?” Have you subjected yourself to living under people’s terms because you consider them as more skilled and talented? Do you really feel you can’t succeed because you’re not very much talented?
First off, it’s important to note that everyone is talented, you just got to discover your field.
Secondly, talent has the ability to earn one more opportunities but, it’s certainly not a guarantee to attaining success.
As a human aspiring a better living, when the journey gets tiresome and the path is filled with feet-piercing obstacles, is talent what keeps you going? Is talent what made successful tycoons walk from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm? No, it’s the passion and drive!
Talent never stops you from falling. However passion makes you rise back up ever strong and determined.
Though talent is very much advantageous, achieving success is not entirely dependent on it.
Below are 3 simple points to further clarify why success is not overly dependent on talent and hence, enable you to retain your self-confidence while chasing your dreams.
1. Talent without hard work
So, you’re a really talented artist who possesses the ability to paint a breathtaking masterpiece. However, if you don’t spend long tireless hours with your paints and brushes striving to create amazing artworks, will you stand a chance of becoming a successful artist? The answer is obviously no.
Likewise in the learning environment or workplace, your talent for easily understanding the ins and outs of different cases can gradually debilitate if you depend only on it and disregard hard work. Your talent can only come to life after you put in the effort. Talent can create opportunities but it definitely won’t pull you through.
2. Talent without passion
When you only venture into certain fields because you feel you’re “talented” there, you’ll fail to exact the drive that’d make you exceptional. You’ll rely solely on your talent and fail to seek improvement. You’ll barely show interest in the field. Hence, the field is likely to seem more tasking than usual — this can eventually prevent/delay your success in such fields.
Talent doesn’t build intuition, passion does. Passion makes you strive relentlessly till there are visible improvements. With such persistent strive, even the most difficult tasks sure becomes an easy fit.
3. Talent without determination
No matter how easy a path may seem or how learned and talented you are in a field, it’s important to note that the journey will never be easy — failure is certain, and pain and trials will creep in.
Hence, when you’re overly dependent on your talents, you tend to fall off easily when such temporary trials crept in and hence, you lose your chances of earning success.
Talent doesn’t make the path obstacle-free, however, determination helps you persevere and overcome the obstacles.
In the end, it all boils down to your passion and will to succeed. Your passion will build the determination and make you put in the required effort.
In order to climb to the mountain top, you certainly have to be familiar with the act of gripping and holding on tightly — this is the talent. However, when climbing and you get overly exhausted, what keeps you going? It’s your passion, will and drive!
Can talent be learned/developed? Yes; through continuous practices. However, can passion, hard work, and persistence be compensated? No!
Regardless how less-talented you think you are, practice relentlessly and you’d be surprised how intimidating you’ll become to the people whom you once considered “superior.”
Never let your lack of talent in a particular field force you to lag behind people whom you possess every potential to be in-line with.
No talent? No problem; practice relentlessly and let your passion and persistence speak forth and amaze the world. Good luck!
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