On Motivation and Talent

I have always maintained that excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work.

-Charles Darwin

 I don’t believe in talent.  Well, perhaps I do, but not the everyday ordinary talent that we all hear about.  I don’t believe someone is born to be good at particular thing.  No one was born to be an artist or to be an athlete.  

I do believe that certain people have more dedication and motivation than others.  A child prodigy may seem talented at a certain skill but really they have an insane amount of motivation early in life and an interest in a particular subject.  Name one person that appears to be a prodigy and I guarantee if you look into their background they have been practicing hard for a solid period of time.

Have scientists found a “talent gene”?  I don’t think so.

There is nothing physical about motivation, it is something that we all can have if we just realize that we can do great things purely through dedication.  I believe that you could have more dedication and motivation than most people if you just realized you were capable of having it.  The underlying problem is that of the idea of talent.  That sneaky little thought that comes up in your head saying, “you are not talented, you were not born with the ability to this” is what causes us to give up.  Once we realize that talent in the traditional sense does not exist, only then will we be able to overcome this small voice in our head and dedicate ourselves 100% to what we want to accomplish.  Persistence.  Hard work.  Fall down and get back up again.  That is what it is all about.

By definition failure is when you try to do something and you do not succeed.  The only way that this is possible is if you stop trying.  Failure, by definition, is absolutley impossible if you do not stop trying.  If failure is impossible by continuing to try, then by default all that is left is success.


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