Talent Versus Commitment: Which is More Valuable?

‘Talent’ is a word that receives more adulation than required. We often praise an individual for being talented at something. But I believe that is a red herring, a misleading supposition. In fact, I am against the whole notion of using the word talented to appreciate someone’s efforts or achievements.

To have talent is to be gifted with an ability or skill. Many even call it ‘god-given’. But this is not the quality that takes a person from zero to hero. Talent is a definite plus-one, but it does not complete the puzzle of success. The biggest piece to achievement is ‘commitment’. And as overly-repeated as it sounds, hard work is what really matters. Talent might give you the first big leap, but consistency is what lets you leap further.

In my own experience with media related jobs, I have noticed two types of people; those who are extremely skilled writers but don’t stick to deadlines, and those who may not be as adroit but send in their articles on time without fail. I personally prefer the latter group of writers. They might not produce the most beautiful of writings, but they remain committed. Their dedication invariably leads to the betterment of their writing skills.

As the great Will Smith once said, “I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.” Lack of talent should not demotivate us; depravity should serve as an impetus, a source of motivation that propels us. After all, the many exemplars who have moved boulders aren’t ones who pride on talent, but those who truly persist against all odds.

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