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Talent vs Hard work. The gifted vs the striving.

Updated on June 29, 2016

In the world of blazing competition, there has always been an debate on the odds of whose success rate is more? The ones with gifted talents or the ones who work hard to sharpen their skills. Of course, we cant say by looking at the person that is a gifted one or a sweat breaking one. But the way they does the things definitely explains the way they acquired the skills.

If you take a careful look, however, you will notice that those of us with more modest abilities do have a chance. Even if you weren't born with genius in your genes, you can outperform the smartest of individuals as long as you work hard and the latter doesn't. Also, the differences between the smart and the not-so-smart shrink quite a bit if they both work hard. That means that talent still counts, but hard work puts you right up there.

Unless you are in a profession where there can only be one winner, like going for Olympic gold, this is pretty good news. With hard work, at the bare minimum you can be good at what you do. And though you might never be the best, you can give the best performers a run for their money. On the other hand, if you have chosen a career where only the very, very best succeed, you better be born with a lot of talent.

Necessarily, people who are exceptionally talented are also exceptionally rare. But from what we know about the prevalence of procrastination, people who work hard are also pretty rare too. Most of the time, you are going to be end up competing against rivals with one of these attributes, talent or hard work, not both. Those with natural aptitude and the willingness to put in the effort are as rare as diamonds, and twice as valuable. If you see one, take a picture, get an autograph, and wish them good luck. This world has problems and we especially need people like them.

If you don't work hard you can't develop a talent. You don't ever start out amazing at something. You have to practice to get good. They both go hand in hand with each other. Neither is more important than the other. It's just when you finally get to a point where you are good, there is a decision one must make on whether they should continue to work hard or not.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein, German-American physicist.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” — Michael Jordan, American pro basketball player.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King, American writer.

Like most of the big “Whys” in our world, the answer to that one remains uncertain. There may be a genetic component to it. Many people have a “talent” for rolling their tongues, while others lacking a certain gene can’t roll their tongues at all…no matter how hard they try.

If talent trumped hard work, then would the most famous basketball player in history have started out on his junior varsity high school team? Well, he did. Michael Jordan’s coach didn’t even think he deserved to be in his school’s top 10 players. Jordan undeniably has talent; but combining it with hard work, and pushing himself well beyond the required workouts, got him into the Hall of Fame, not just talent. It is also found highly talented people failing because of a lack of discipline and hard work. As a note: Einstein was in fact a very talented math student. Significantly above average for his peers….however….I still agree with the message. Talent does not mean easy.Talent is useless unless you work to achieve it. If you have talent it doesn't mean can sit on the couch all day and then expect to be great. Just because you have talent doesn't mean you can go on the court be the star of the team.

Well, having said all these, the final word is that, the amount of talent we are born with is not our choice but the efforts we have to put in in order to achieve what we want is totally in our hands. So start training yourself to get yourself converted into a "talented one".

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