It is the natural urge of most anyone to desire to be good at something. There is no greater feeling than trying something new and realizing that you are quite good at it. Most of us love to do things that we are good at because it is immediately rewarding. On the other hand, many of us are known for actively avoiding things that we aren’t good at. In our society, we are known to praise the concept of talent and assume that anyone who is good at something is talented, but that really isn’t the case. More often than not, the talented individuals that we see are actually just very hard workers. In this article, we will show you how you can learn to drop the talent mindset and replace it with a hard work mindset to improve your abilities over time.
Stop Confusing Skill With Talent
If there is one thing that we love in media, it is the concept of this chosen one, a person who was made for something great. We love the idea of athletes being the most talented child who naturally rose to the top. We love the idea of a novelist who is just oozing creative genius and never needs to edit. This idea of destiny is fun, but it is also damaging. In reality, people who are very good at what they do are that way because of their skills. Skills are learned and grown, not given. Talent does exist, but the most talented writer won’t write an amazing book if they don’t learn the mechanics behind language and stories.
Understand That Hard Work Beats Talent In the Long Run
In sports, particularly with kids, it is easy to see the difference between the kid who works hard and the kid who relies on talent. The child who relies on talent will naturally excel beyond the kids around them, but they will use their talents as a crutch. On the other hand, a child that works hard will steadily learn, grow, and improve over time. Eventually, the hard worker will catch up to the talented child, and when that happens, they will begin taking steps to pass them, all while the talented child remains at the same level, leveraging only their natural abilities to succeed.
Try Out Hard Work
More often than not, people shy away from the hard work of improving at something that they aren’t naturally good at. While it is understandable, it is also very limiting. If you really want to improve in life and learn to overcome any challenge, work very hard at something that you aren’t naturally good at. Pick something that you always wanted to try but never really made it at, and put in the hard work to get better at it. Over time, with effort, you will improve. For many people, the reality that they really can improve at something that they aren’t good at is very freeing.
When it comes to self-improvement, you have to work at it. It is nice to be good at things, and it feels great to be good at them. Still, the difference between the best athletes around the people who almost made it is almost always the amount of dedication put towards the goal. Work hard and see what you can accomplish. You might surprise yourself.