Is there such thing as natural talent?

Natural talent is thought of as a gift, but is there really such thing as natural talent? To me there are certain kinds of natural advantages but for the most part there is no such thing as natural talent.

Think of it this way, was anyone born being great at baseball. “NO”. I do think that there are certain things that people were born with. Take singing for an example. Some people are born or have a better voice than other people no matter how hard they practice. In basketball some people are genetically taller than other people,  which could be an advantage but really there is no talent in that.

Really all you have to do is practice, practice, and practice some more. So for example you are as great as any of the athletes you see on t.v. , you just don’t have as many hours of practice as them. If you just put in many hours of deliberate practice to whatever it is you want to do then you can be as great as you have ever dreamed of.

Deliberate practice is not the same as practice. Deliberate practice is focused practice that improves your ability. Normal practice just plateaus your ability and levels out how great you will ever become. Take golf as an example, if you go out on the range and start smacking balls you will plateau your ability as a golfer. Having he same mistakes as you had when you came on the range. On the other hand, if you figure out what you need to work on, find some drills that will help you, and focus on what you are practicing then you will get much better compared to just smacking balls on the range.

Some research says you need 10,00 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at something. I think this could be accurate but people learn and get better at different rates. I do think that there is one thing to take out of that research. Being good at something doesn’t come easy. You need the hard work and dedication to become great at whatever it is you are working at. All you need to do is put in a tremendous amount of hours of practice. That’s all!

After all if you want to become great at something all you need is a little practice and self-confidence. There is really no such thing as natural talent so stop comparing yourself to other people and start setting goals to achieve the unachievable, because with a little bit of practice you can make it there. I know you can.


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