What is talent?
Here are some dictionary definitions of talent. Let’s examine them.
A talent is:
-“a marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment: has a rare talent for music.”
-“a special natural ability or aptitude: E.g. a talent for drawing.”
“Talent dictates your moment-by-moment reactions to your environment — there’s an instinctiveness, an immediacy implied. Talent results in consistently recurring patterns of thought or behavior. To deviate from those patterns requires conscious effort, and such deviations are difficult to sustain.”
“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.” – Will Smith, Actor.
What are knowledge and skills?
Prescription for Greatness
Focus on your talents. Build knowledge and skills around your talent. It’s much easier to develop your talent into a strength than to try to work on areas that you don’t have talents in. Surround yourself with people who are talented in areas that you’re not.
Do you remember the 10 commandments? The last one prohibits coveting. That’s because it’s human nature to covet what we don’t have. My advice is that you resist coveting areas that you are not talented in and trying to work hard to develop skills in those areas. The amount of work it takes is not worth it. Instead, identify your talents and work on them. That is an investment well worth it. Working on your talents will take you from good to great in no time.