When I meet someone really smart or they do something that impresses me, I naturally call out, ‘You’re a genius!’. This is like a reflex to say this, but are they born with the talent to wow people or did they fabricate it?
The reason why this topic interests me, growing up, I was academically challenged in most subjects I learned, poorly athletic or never performed well in sports and such a poor reader I think I was boarder line dyslexic (in the lowest English classes with foreign students better than me).
Where I am today just doesn’t seem to be where my beginnings were and I can definitely say I was not born with much talent but able to achieve anything I put my mind too.
Does determination and passion beat natural talent?
Somethings are easier for others but doesn’t mean that other can’t achieve the same or better. When it comes to determination, you can out work everyone and want it more than anyone else.
Determination alone will enable you to learn new skills, work through difficult circumstances and achieve a high standard. But natural talent still seems to take the spot light in most cases.
I think when it comes to success, passion is a driving force that can fuel your tank till the end. Passion is something that is difficult to fabricate if there is no desire, where talent, while not natural can be fabricated by improving skills.
Learning new skills and perfecting them will make you look talented no matter what beginnings you’ve had. So, I believe talent can be fabricated and you don’t have to be born with it.
What’s the limit on fabricating talent?
How long is a piece of string and how you are going to use that string will factor how you gauge levels of talent. Let’s make an example:
Say you want to be the best swimmer but never swam competitively in your life. The likely chance you’re going to take Michael Phelps spot in the pool at the next Olympics is pretty slim.
This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve being in the top 10% of the world. Now I think this would still be a serious achievement and you certainly be the best swimmer among almost everyone you know.
The next example I’ll give it is a bit closer to home. For over 10 years, I wanted to start a website with a blog. The problem was, I could hardly string two words together and was not even sure how to build a website.
Over the years I learned the skills to build websites and how to express myself in words by reading lots of books and writing in a journal. Considering I was border line dyslexic, today I can write an article like this in an hour truly amazes me. Some may even say I have a talent for this.
The bottom line is, don’t be feared by the naturally talented when it comes to your career, academics or hobbies. You can drive yourself to excel.
How can I succeed and fabricate talent?
I think that creating talent for success comes from a combination of things.
Be obsessed! You must be obsessed with what you are trying you achieve. This will drive your mind and actions in the right direction for success.
Don’t listen to them especially if you are failing. Fail better and show them they are wrong. Surround yourself with positive people and likeminded optimists.
Fix your mind on the end result: Write down your goals and read them to yourself morning and night. Check out this post on Goal setting.
Learn by doing. You have to get balls deep into everything you need to learn to achieve the skills. If you want to write a book, then read and write every day. If you want to be the best basketballer in your team, you need to shoot hoops daily.
If you lack the skills to do what you need, find a teachers, trainers or tutorials and practice the action. With learning and no action, skill swill not be built. You need to do.
Grit and work ethic should be in full effect. Whilst I’ve bundles these two items together, grit and work ethic are different but both required.
Grit encompasses your hardness, courage and strength to get a task done. Using your grit will help walk over failures with resilience and keep moving. Check out Angela Duckworth’s book Grit for a great read that will explain how import it is.
If you’re willing to work your face off and out work anyone on your table, you will shine and become stronger. Now working harder still needs to be done effectively so keep this in mind in case procrastination has you captured when you’re staring at a computer screen and not doing anything useful.
I hope this article has built some confidence to excel in whatever you need to achieve. Remember your talented! If not just create it.
What talents have you fabricated? Love to hear your success stories below in the comments.