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What is Talent?

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What does raw talent look like? I’ve been learning about famous virtuosic jazz musicians recently and it has opened my eyes to a glimpse of pure talent and what it may look like. Virtuoso musicians are defined as

A virtuoso) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. In other contexts, virtuosity can be generalized to define a person who excels technically in some area of human knowledge, although its use is more commonly applied in the context of the fine arts..

Pure talent is hard to come by, hard to develop, and a very rare ability. Much of life is based upon nurture, your personal experiences and how you develop your skills, but there is an element of innate talent within us all and pairing the two together is a very powerful combination.

Seth Godin has a list of the 7 reasons you might fail to be the best in the world:

  1. You run out of time (and quit).
  2. You run out of money (and quit).
  3. You get scared (and quit).
  4. You’re not serious about it (and quit).
  5. You lose interest or enthusiasm or settle for being mediocre (and quit).
  6. You focus on the short term instead of the long (and quit when the short term gets too hard).
  7. You pick the wrong thing at which to be the best in the world (because you don’t have the talent).

The first 6 cases all deal with quitting or sticking with your activity but the 7th case may be worse than quitting. Settling. Sticking with something but not succeeding. In many cases entrepreneurs have multiple interests and talents and the hardest part is finally picking something your talented with and going for it. If you are ever in need of some inspiration check out these videos on musical virtuosos and watch a glimpse of pure talent.


Written by Chris McCann

March 10, 2009 at 8:47 am

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