Great Battle in My Mind : Talent vs Hard Work

OK, so here’s what I think about when people are talking about ‘talent’ and ‘hard work’. So I think, basically as probably most people know and understand, talent is given when you are born. The very day you’re born, you carry something in your pocket that could be very mesmerizing if you enhance it for all your life. Meanwhile, hard work is, well.., it’s like building something you’d like to do completed with blood, sweat, and tears.

Now my biggest question of it :

How do you know what talent you have?

Nobody will say to you “Hey, you have talent in X” or so, even you’re good at X. Maybe if you don’t really practice X a lot, the skill is getting dull at one point. What I believe is, talent won’t get dull at any point since you’re naturally talented since you’re born. Nobody will be able to tell what your talents are (in my opinion) but the only one who can spot them is yourself, but how?

Let’s say if one people now is good at playing piano. I believe that his current skill is the result of any courses, lessons, and practice he’s taken probably since he was young. But, doesn’t it mean it’s hard work? He worked his might off with years of practice, exercises, and so on so now he pick the ripe fruit of what he ‘sowed’ before. Both talent and hard work could do it and probably have equal results, again IMO.

Another case, let’s say there are people A and B, they love gymnastics. Right now, they have 0 knowledge at all about gymnastics so they start at the same line. In 20 years, they both become impressive gymnasts, mastering about the same techniques, skills, and have really great achievements. So, which one have talent in gymnastics (or both)? Which one is hard worker (or both)? I personally won’t be able to distinguish that easily. Maybe we can track their process and life journey. I’ve discussed this thing with some friends and they said that probably the talented one will achieve it easier than the other. Probably the hard worker need more effort at achieving something compared to the other one. It actually makes sense since the talented one is given specific ‘weapon’ to do his battle in life meanwhile the other has to craft it himself during battle. But with proper efforts from them both, they can actually achieve the same results.

To my own case, I’m learning digital painting now. It’s not just once or twice, some people said to me, “If you don’t have talent in that, you can’t move up”. Well, being rock-headed I am, I just think “You all can say what you want, but I’ll keep doing this and I won’t stop short term”. Even if I have no talent (which is I don’t even know, I can find out it yet), I can still use the hard work option to get what I want in life. I hope my results equals to some talented people’s. Since the day I learnt digital painting for the first time and up to nowadays, I get some improvements. It’s not much because it’s only 1.5 years apart, but I’m certainly improved and I’m planning to keep improving to the state where I can surpass some people I admire.

What I’m trying to say (to conclude my all-over-the-place thought) is, it doesn’t matter if you think you have no talent in something (but I believe everyone has at least 1 talent), as long as you’re willing to dedicate your life into that thing, you won’t be disappointed in the results. Talents are quite mysterious, nobody will be able to state to the others what talent they have. It’s no exact matter like mathematics or physics which has certain right and wrong points. You need to discover them yourself, but it might not be your real talent. So you need to properly examine yourself to get the beautiful truth about it as I will do to mine as well. 🙂

This time is quite different than my foodie reviews, but this matter is certainly bugging my mind a little bit. Stay tuned for my next posts, AGAIN, THIS IS JUST MY HONEST OPINION, if you have different ones, you can state them in comment section so we can probably discuss more, give like if you like it, and as always..



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15 thoughts on “Great Battle in My Mind : Talent vs Hard Work”

  1. On where talent comes from, if people are born with certain talent, wouldn’t it means that talents are pre-destined, which human will have zero control on it? For example, you might be born with talent on making a great ice sculpture or igloo, but you happened to live in tropical country and spend your whole life there, wouldn’t it be wasted and never be discovered?

    If you’re considering the relation between talents and intelligence, and according to Gardner’s theory that there’s multiple type of intelligence, don’t you think that talent is some kind of intelligence? People with higher musical intelligence would be more “naturally talented” to be a musician than the one with logical-mathematical intelligence.
    But if you see talents as intelligence/some kind of brain capacity, it would be nature vs nurture. And how it behave will be like how brain cells behave, it will be “use it or lose it”, repetition will cause long term potentiation (which I think define how you could be really skillful on something through hard work), and plasticity (which mean brains continue to change)….. So hard work vs talent? Both! 😀

    (But in rare case of savants, their brains do wired differently than normal people)

    Sorry for long comments. Just my thoughts! 😀

    1. TBH, I don’t really study any kinds of theoretical resources, hahaha. Everything is just based on my experiences, opinions, mere thoughts, and curiosity. It’s OK to say that talents are some forms of intelligence, I think. This is the perception I use for now. If you’re given a talent at one specific field, you’re granted with higher capability in accepting, learning, studying, practicing, and developing that ability. In short, you’re better in that field than other fields.

      My curiosity is, how do you know what field you’re impressive at? I think that’s why people (specially like me) try different kinds of fields in life, to discover what they’re great at. I am, so far, still clueless :D. But I wholeheartedly choose digital painting as my field and work hard there, regardless I have talent or not. I think there’s a saying ‘hard work pays off’ and I’ll always believe in that.

      Back to your 1st point, you are given a final product, the talent, hence you don’t have option to choose what kind. And I agree if you’re in the wrong time or place, you might not discover your best talent. But, if you’re planning to be a great ice sculptor living in tropical country, you can still achieve that. By hard work, to make your ‘undiscovered’ talent not to go to waste. Probably by attending ice sculpting courses or by self-practice. There will always be ways to achieve dreams.

      Hard work vs talent, both of course, I couldn’t disagree on that, but IMHO, hard work takes the most percentage in your success at certain fields while ‘talent’ whatever people’s understanding about that word, gives the basic foundation. More or less, like what I conclude up there in my post.

      I’m no psychologist, doctor, or scientist, I know nothing much about science stuffs 😀
      Still, my biggest question is, how do people know their own talent? They can’t suddenly say ‘Hey, my talent is soccer/playing guitar/ventriloquist/anything” out of nowhere right? They need some kind of proofs to themselves.

      BTW, nice opinion :thumbsup:

  2. Hardwork is a must, talent is a gift.
    You should watch anime called “sakurasou pet na kanojou”
    You will know, there is no such talent vs hardwork. They colaborating each other..

    1. Great POV about talent and hard work.
      But my main curiosity is ‘How do you know your own talent?’ Well, probably the best answer is ‘trial and error’. We try some things and the thing we’re great at could be considered as our talents. That’s my thought so far and that’s what I’m doing to discover ‘the gift’.
      In a case we want to excel at one thing that isn’t considered as ‘the thing we’re good at’, I think we can rely purely on hard work since talent is a gift as you said hence we cannot create.
      So what do you think about that?
      *If we have talent, hard work is a must indeed and there won’t be any problems in the future haha*
      *Oh, and I’ll consider to watch that anime :D*

      1. Yep i agree with your statement 🙂
        Discovering gift like discovering ourself. For myself, i believe that understand the other is one way to know ourself too, if we know about who we really are, i think we can understand our gift. Gift is… Sometimes like we born with pretty/handsome face, but sometimes gift is kinda like bonsai tree (idk what the english name wahahahah), we shape it like we want…

        Human is indeed strange creature, when someone do 1 thing, in their first time, and he success, people call them he have a gift, but he himself tell the others that he need so many times, and continuing until he feeling fullfilled with his project… Idk, maybe i am right, maybe i am wrong, thats the way we lived right?

        1. Life is full of uncertainty, my friend haha. Even when people thinks that we’re great at something, we might still ask to oureselves ‘Is it really the one?’ and that’s if I may say ‘The Art of Live and Living’ Hahahahaha.

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