“Is talent born or manufactured?”
“Is talent God-gifted or developed as a hobby/interest?”
“Does it come naturally or you improve upon your passion for something?”
Plenty of questions already and I suppose the answers from many of you could be the same as mine.
This idea came to mind when my fellow blogger Soumya commented on one of my posts with a poem. It was not the first time she did this but her poem just came with the flow of the theme of the post, or I shall say, be it ANY theme, she can write a poem on it. I was about to reply that she possessed a God gifted talent, but then the second thought struck to me simultaneously, that maybe it’s her passion and she manufactured and developed it herself.
So the question arose in my mind, “Is talent born or manufactured?”
I asked this and some other questions to Soumya in an email conversation, and here’s what I got as response. I’m just posting a part of that.
“What I believe is talent is God gifted…we work on it to make it more perfect. But sometimes when we learn something, we are more perfect at the presentation, e.g. grammar, outline, sketch, layout, but the real essence is missing. This happens for the work has not done from heart. It requires full passion and dedication with the truest feelings to make any form of art beautiful and touching!”
There’s a phrase you must have heard- “Practice makes a man perfect.” I personally don’t believe in perfection, in fact perfection I think is delusional to some extent, but I do believe the more effort you put behind it, the better you will be at it. That takes time; that takes energy.
It also takes a certain amount of courage to follow one’s passions. I often think about life like a screenplay. If you think about a screenplay every once in a while there are pivotal moments where you can see that the play can go in either direction and I think that’s the same way in life — it could go in either direction and it takes a lot of courage to not go down the safest path but to follow what you really believe in.
Talent is your vehicle, passion is your fuel, and potential is your destination. – Terry Mante
Any success comes with having the ability to use your skills and talents, and that only happens when you work really hard at it. I think we all are born with a potential, which if fostered and developed leads to some great skill and talent. But if we don’t have it in the first place, can any amount of training or wishful thinking bring great success to it?? Let me know what you think.