We think of someone with talent as having a natural ability—a born-with level of skill.
They got the brass ring.
I would suggest this notion of talent is somewhat of a self-limiting myth.
Vladimir Horowitz wasn’t born to play the piano. His combination of physical attributes coupled with his life-long development of skills got him where he wound up.
If I am willing to invest the time, energy, and dedication to developing a particular skill I can elevate myself to the point where others might look at me as having talent. (which would make me smile because I know how many years of hard work it took me to become an overnight-talented success).
If you want to build the best stereo system in the world you don’t need talent.
You need only desire and persistence.
ht: to Seth Godin for this riff.
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