Talent: Work In It

Guess who’s back. Unfortunately the answer to that question isn’t Whitney Houston or Leo Da Vinci – it’s just me; your above-average Joe.

I’d like to talk about something the two famous figures up top have in common, if you’ve seen the title you’ve probably guessed it: Talent.

To be remembered throughout the ages that word above is almost always the reason why. The other reasons would be hard work and perhaps good fortune.

NB: I need to stop speaking like I know it all. Sounds like it from the sentence above.

Would you recall Michael Jackson if he wasn’t the “King of Pop”. What about Elvis Presley? And the Beatles? Johan Cryuff? Chaplin? Robin Williams? Albert Einstein? Muhammad Ali?

The list could go on but I hope a few of those provoke some sort of reaction from you. These are people who will be remembered because of what they achieved in things they likely worked hard at but were definitely talented in. Now I’m not saying the purpose of life is to be remembered after death but if you and I are at all similar then we would rather live a life worth remembering. Memory of someone makes them somehow more worthwhile, unless of course they are negative memories haha.

Anyway the crux of the issue remains. Talent is something we all have, whether we’ve figured out what it is is a different matter. People will almost stab each other over who is the better football player, Messi vs Ronaldo. When you think about it, does it really matter? Yet even I have been very heated on the same issue arguing that one of them is more talented than the other, rather foolishly in hindsight because my argument won’t change anything. The thing is, when someone’s talent is translated to you and you buy into it there is some kind of power in that. Working in your talented area grants you power to influence others. You don’t believe me? Who (other than family) inspires you? What would you say is their talent? Are they working in their talent? Point proven.

How to find out if you don’t know your talent yet? Let’s start by actually doing something as opposed to relaxing in bed watching talented YouTubers all day. When someone suggests to try something out let’s challenge ourselves and say YES! I have been one to say no for far too long. Seeing the work of Frankie Boyle, Kohei Horikoshi, Brandon Sanderson  and Einstein as well as the emotive effects their work has on me inspires me to do more than just sit on my ass all day waiting for the next show to watch. The first makes me laugh even when I don’t want to. The second and third intrigue me with their imagination and linguistic artistry (and in the case of Horikoshi visual as well). And Einstein… well for a long time I wanted to BE him. All because they worked in their talents.

What are the sayings again? Here are some quotes.

Talent can’t be taught but it can be awakened. Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Everyone has talent, what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places it may lead.

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

But if you work in you talent… well… that’s a whole different ball game

I’m inspired to work in my talent I hope you are too.

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