How to become talented. Do you have talent? Probably not.
At least, you may not think so If you don’t have musical talent maybe you’re talented in sports, cooking, or even business, like sales or something.
Is it possible that you just don’t have any talent at all? And… is it possible to become talented?
Are you born with it? Or maybe talent isn’t even what we think it is.
I’ve been playing for a long time and people have made remarks about talent. You’re so talented, I wish I had your talent, etc… But I don’t think I’m talented, I’m insanely talented. Well, not really.
I don’t feel talented or special in any way. Michelangelo was clearly a talented renaissance artist said “if people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.
That’s how I feel when people talk about my talent. I just think to myself, “If you only knew…”
From the start I had a teacher and it felt like a struggle to gain the musical proficiency I wanted. Nobody called me talented while I was learning scales and arpeggios.
The dictionary says that talent is a natural aptitude for a specific skill or subject.
When a person can learn it with minimal instruction or with none at all, that’s called talent.
There may also be some genetic predisposition for a particular activity, like being tall and playing basketball. But just being tall doesn’t make you interested in it or even any good at it.
So where does talent fit in?
Talent is simply genuine interest. If something genuinely interests you, you spend time doing it.
As you focus on doing it, you become better at. As it develops into a passion, you spend even more time, energy and money on getting better at it.
That’s how you become talented. It’s when people begin to see the first results of the skills you’ve worked on an developed through hard work.
Talent is like an iceberg, there’s a visible portion at the top, that’s the talent that people can see. And below that is a massive block of hard work.
It’s pretty widely accepted that mastery of any skill takes 10K hours of intentional practice.
So can mastery be achieved without talent? No. Mastery cannot be achieved without talent. Without a genuine interest it doesn’t matter if it’s 10K hours or a million hours.
The passion must be there. It’s that genuine interest that becomes a passion. It’s 10k passionate hours of doing what you love that brings about mastery.
Like driving a car. When you’re new to the road your aware of you’re every move when you’re driving. After a year or two you aren’t thinking about it, you can drive pretty much on auto pilot.
But after ten years your driving hasn’t improved much. Why? When you’re driving to work or to the store you’re not trying to be a better driver, you’re not genuinely interested in improving your parallel parking. If you can’t parallel park after 10 years, you’re really not trying, are ya?
So you don’t need some magical, god given or genetic favor to be talented.
All talent is a genuine interest in a skill, activity or subject that grows into a passion with proficiency developed through consistent, intentional effort.
So the question isn’t do you have talent, the question is, have you found your talent?
Have you found something that you’re genuinely interested in?
Of course I recommend trying piano. I’ll teach you myself!