Skill vs Talent

I’d like to talk a bit about skill vs talent. I hear this all the time, “Wow, you are so talented.”

The thing about skill and talent is that though I’d like to believe I am talented, it is not what makes me so good at what I do. Talent is what you are born with. But if it is not worked on and harnessed, then it will not go very far. One of my favorite quotes from Kevin Durant is “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” The fact of the matter is that skill is garnered through hours and hours of practicing, studying and beating on your craft. Basically, skill comes from hard work…

Therefore, it would be more precise if one said that I was skilled. Then my response would be “Hell yes, it required a load of work for me to get where I am now!”

skill vs talent

Skills vs talent! Know the difference

Being Successful

The reason why I write this is because I’ve heard so many excuses as to why someone is not going towards something that they want.
I’m too old… I’m too young… I don’t have enough money… I’m starting too late… I don’t have time… I’ll never be as good as [insert the name of someone who inspires you]… I don’t want them to judge me… They won’t let me do it… I am not talented… I don’t have the abilities… It is too much work… It will take me too long to get there… I am not good enough…
Look, the bottom line is that if it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse. So stop making excuses and start taking action. You just have to believe and push towards it. Step ┬áby step and day by day. You can also get a mentor! There are so many great people who have written books and have shared their experience and knowledge with the world. Those are the people who have already forged a path that you could follow to achieve your goals. All you have to do is finding them. Ask questions, a true mentor or leader won’t judge you. If anything, they will want to help you succeed as well. So stop being the person who blocks your success and start being your biggest cheerleader.
Blog post by Gil Bynoe @gilbynoe