Its a bit of both. We all can depend on only good genes to get us through life. We have to put some effort. And leave the rest to the universe to align things in your favor. Great question. I think its counter productive to think too much about whether we have talent. We should seek talent within ourselves. We have so much potential within ourselves. Great question.
I think we discover it because we don't know what our talents are until we figure out what they are and develop them and improve them.
I think we all have a talent we are great at but we are not all willing to hone that talent to master it. Some of us are lazy, others may not have found their talent yet and many don't enjoy what talent they have. What ever your talent is you have to put in hard work to sharpen that talent.
Some we are born with,some we are given,and some we discover. It all depends on what God have plan for ones life. If it comes natural it is given,or born with. One can discover any quality of life by searching.
i think it may be a little of both....we are born with it but we discover that we have it as our lives unfold.
from the time i was tiny, i wanted to write. to put thoughts and feelings and ideas onto paper, to somehow document the goings on in my life, in the lives of those around me, and to record things happening in the world.
that desire must have been there early on, even as i came onto the planet, and it was awakened as i was able to use that talent.
I'm in agreeance with the other respondents on the answer to this question. It's like the nature vs nuture or chicken and egg debates, because you can learn new skills and develop them to a very high level of competency. However, did you always have that latent talent and you just needed the right atmosphere for it to shine through? Thanks for a question gmaoli.
You're born with talent. You develop it through learned skill.
Alternatively, you may be born without talent, and no amount of training can overcome that. The Pollyannish notion that everybody has one is fictitious.
I, personally, think, that we must give voice to what lies within us.
Good and able parents, stamp out creativity:
don't write on walls
don't speak out of turn.....
they devalue the imaginary friend........etc
( parents, YES, I believe in well parented, and well behaved children)
but, I have to wonder...........do we, as well meaning parents, suppress some creativity?
Doesn't the " creative" one, suffer pain, repression of some sort........don't they have to rise above their pain, just to give voice to it?
As a girl of the 60's, I was vaugley aware of the term " funny uncle"........today, the term, pediophile is more prominent.......................WHAT about the girls of the 30's and 40's?
I think that society dictates that we suppress..........bad things, awful things, unpleasant things, cruel things, and even, yes, creative things.
Interesting question! I think we are born with the capacity towards certain talents and if we nurture them, they will mature and grow. It's not so much that we learn them, but we practice the art of developing them. Skills, on the other hand, are learned and they may be easy or difficult to acquire, but they can be learned just the same. I believe that a unique form of greatness exists in each person. In some it is released and comes to full maturity, while in others, unfortunately, it is squashed or denied and remains hidden, and is therefore never nourished or grows into its potential.
Born with it.
And, of course, we discover our talent. Mozart wasn't born attached to a piano.
The best of families are full of nurture and give great opportunities for the seeds of talent to grow. Some families despise talent and enjoy seeing it squandered. Such is the nature of ego.
I think that probably we are somewhat born with it, but we still have to discover it! If we are great painters, but never try to paint, we won't discover our talent. Unfortunately it might take a lot of time to discover it and probably many never do.
Gmaoli, we definitely discover and learn our talents, just like every other part of our personality. Genes may determine your height, weight, eye color, etc., but genes do not teach you to "keep your nose to the grindstone". That is something that is taught. The child of the most talented athlete in the world would become a clumsy buffoon if raised by clumsy buffoons. Posture, attitude, and response to fight or flight are all taught to us by our surroundings and guardians. These things and others like them are the things that allow us to achieve having a "talent". One person's genes may allow them to develop a skill/talent more fully than another person, but the gene itself does not create the talent. Good genes are like fertile soil. You can get a plant by placing a seed in bad soil, however without the seed, the quality of the soil doesn't matter. Those "seeds" are the ideas and habits planted in us by our role models and grow out of our own perceptions. You are not born with the way you look at things, you are taught it. That point of view is what shapes your likes, dislikes, and talents.
Discovery of ones talents is truly a combination of many factors in life, birth is surely one of them, but there's many more things involved, & this hub points out a few examples. read more
I believe that there are God-given talents that are inherent in each one of us. However, in order for us to make use of them, we have to discover them. In Church lingo, we call it discernment. Through discernment we are able to discover, reflect and make proper use of those talents towards our goal.
We can say everyone is born with some inherent abilities that are standard to all human beings; and we are talking in general terms here, because someone might say, "well then what about pre-matured or deformed babies or autistic children?"
What really matters is the way we are raised, the life that we live, the people we come across our lives and our experiences. Take yourself as an example. Do you think you would be the same person right now, asking this question on HUB if you were born in a Masai warrior tribe? Most probably you would have been a hunter.
This will really stretch some people's imagination, because you might ask, how could it be possible for me to be born in an African tribe? Well did someone ask you where you wanted to be born?
There are things, which are realms of unknown and talking about them is like trying to kill a Dinosaur, throwing arrows in the dark, with closed eyes and wearing a blind-fold, not even sure if you are facing East or West.
But we can talk about the exposures, which really leaves impressions and moulds a child from day one. There are too many variables involved here and too many factors. Parents are the first and most important factor, which plays a part in a person's upbringing. The parent's mental capacity then onwards decides if he is going to be put in a derelict Public School, left to be conditioned by the incompetent wardens or given a better chance at life.
I guess that's why it was said that every child is born on nature and then their parents make him whatever they end up being (except those who cannot be brain-washed and coerced at all). Now for the exceptions we can say that, it was an inherent natural born ability of a child that prohibited him/her from accepting blindly all the wrong decisions of a parent, teacher, society, culture, etc.
Take a look at large families as an example. How come two people are born in the same environment, go through the same schooling, have same parents, but end up having different outlook on life. One may end up accepting everything blindly, while the other ends up poles apart.
We can say that the nature of a person and the environment that one goes through runs parallel. We can never pin-point such things to a tea, to the exclusion of the other. They both together make up the whole.
A talent is nothing without use.
Believe it or not, even a "tone deaf" person can learn to sing. To say that they have no talent for singing would have left many with the undiscovered talent for song.
A person can have a family history of mathematical skill, but may hate math because it is not pleasing to them. Does it mean that there is no mathematical talent in them? Not necessarily, just that they have decided not to pursue that particular talent.
True, some people seem to have an innate, effortless ability to do certain things, but that only means that their particular skill set or area of interest is best adapted to that particular talent.
Those same skills can be used in many other areas that a person may never have thought to use them, and maybe thought they had no talent in. (Math can be used to compute the radius of a circle, but with a little adaptation and understanding can be used to make 3D worlds in movies and video games.)
Our brains are created to use existing synapses and create new ones for each activity in which we take part. When an activity is understood and enjoyed, those synapses are created faster. When something is not understood those new synapses may take longer to be formed. But they CAN be formed.
So, no matter whether we easily get the knack of doing something or it takes a long time, a talent is something we develop from our likes and experiences.
(A special note: Often the thing that stops us from learning a new talent (such as a language or writing music) can be our own attitude. We are told over and over again that learning a new language is "hard". By preparing our minds for learning a new talent, we can make the process so much more easy. Positive re-enforcement can propel us by leaps and bounds in progressing toward the mastery of any talent. Continuing to tell yourself the process is easy and fun, we can do things which we never knew were possible.)
My best to you all, no matter what your talent!
I think it's both...that we are inherently born with it and as we grow and mature we discover what "it" is.
Everything is born with us and is encoded in our DNA. What we likes or dislikes everything is in our body has since born. But with great powers comes great responsibility, we need to discover them!
Some talents we are born with.No practice needed,Like singing or drawing.Other talents got added because of our faithfulness.Reference the parable of 10 talents.When we use what we have other can be added.Or when we don't it's very possible to loose it.
We can inherit gifts and skills if you develop it, it will become a talent.
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