AES#5 Talent, Skill and Practice

AES#5 Talent, Skill and Practice

“Talent is a pursued interest, anything you are willing to practice, you can do.” – Bob Ross

This is a good quote from the amazing Bob Ross, but I think there’s a difference between talent and skill. Talent is an innate gift that allows you to do better in something than other people from the start. Skill is something that you can develop, and in the long run, it’s the better, more reliable option. If you rely on talent every time, you won’t get too far. I often get discouraged if I try something new and do not immediately excel at it, and that sabotages my chances of developing a new skill through practice.

What we need to understand is that if you want to be good at something, accept that you’re probably going to suck at it in the beginning. And that’s okay, nobody will judge you for trying something new, in fact you’ll maybe find people willing to help you get better, because they’ve been where you are when they first started out too.

It’s said that it takes 10.000 hours to master a skill, that’s about 9 years if you practice it 5 days a week, 4 hours each day. Now that’s a lot of commitment, but it’s doable, and if you just want to be pretty good at something, it can only take several months depending on what you want to do. Another important thing to remember is to not let yourself get burnt out, cause if you’re not enjoying the process of learning it anymore, what's the point?

Right now, I’m trying to get better at guitar, and it’s hard to push through and keep practicing because it can be difficult sometimes, but now I can play things I never thought I could when I started, and that’s a great feeling. Do you have any hobbies that you want to pick up again? You’d be surprised about how far you can go, and maybe in the end you can even master it as well.

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