NATURAL TALENT, HIDDEN TALENT, WASTED TALENT?
‘Hard work will always overcome natural talent when natural talent doesn’t work hard’
Natural talent is a concept that goes back thousands of years. Definition: an innate or inborn gift for a specific activity, either allowing one to demonstrate some immediate skill without practice, or to gain skills rapidly with minimal practice.
Some people are said to be “gifted”, “born to sing”, or “a natural”. My own talents, however, are a product of my experiences and not what I would describe as ‘natural’, although they do come naturally to me these days. They were formed and sculpted from the environments I’ve been exposed to and include; common sense, intuition, adaptability and awareness.
I’ve worked harder than the average person to get to where I am today – professionally, emotionally and spiritually. Fighting against all odds to get myself closer to the land of ‘choices’. I am proud of all I have achieved so far, even though I still have some way to go!
Individuals who posses ‘natural talent’ acquire skills with less practice or hard work than the average person. As well as the advantage of learning quickly, natural talent is also said to increase someone’s maximum potential.
So why is it that some of those who have it, shy away from opportunity? I thought I’d briefly explore this concept as a couple of my dear friends have natural ability in abundance yet by not exposing it, they fail to harness its potential.
For those of us watching from the sidelines it is a terrible shame to see these talents being under utilised and dreams going unrealised but for those people lucky enough to be born with the ‘voice of an angel’ or an unbelievable musical ability, they may worry more about how others perceive them, and possibly judge them. They may feel that they are not good enough to be a star but being a star is a mindset and an attitude, inner strength and self belief in abundance.
I would love for them and people like them to believe in themselves, even if others say otherwise and just give it a wholehearted try… I mean, what is the worst thing that could possibly happen? No-one watches your You Tube video? Well there’s a brilliant reason for you to not even try! (Said with a good old dose of Great British sarcasm!)
How many times you have said you’re not suited to something, or given up too quickly? Whilst it may be okay for the general public to carry on merrily using a lack of natural talent as a reason not to pursue certain things, or as an excuse for under-performance, if you’re one of the ‘special’ ones… Please do the opposite and go out into the world, give it your best shot and see if you can catch some stars!
‘It isn’t bragging if you can actually do it’