Mozart and Beethoven were not talented; they developed their talent with time and practice. Each started playing when they could still walk under the table. They practiced every single day for at least 6 hours.
It may be true that children are more perceptive and learn more quickly, but let me ask you this:
What is the last thing to which you dedicated six hours each day for a long period of time?
Choose Your Thing and Stick with It
It’s never too late to pick something up and start developing skills. Give that thing some consideration. When you figure out what you really want to devote your time to, stick with it. That means you strive to do it every single day.
No excuses like “I don’t have time.” Find the time to commit, if you are determined to achieve an unremitting success. When that ferociously-motivating adrenaline kicks in, you won’t be looking for excuses anymore. On the contrary, you will find yourself acquiring more and more energy. You will find yourself becoming addicted. You will even find yourself talking others into doing the same.
That is how we grow exponentially–by surrounding ourselves and uniting with like-minded individuals who rebel against the status quo and refuse to pay the “public opinion” tax.
My Personal Story
I quit my well-paid occupation for the government some years ago without a set plan up my freedom-seeking sleeves. “Premature move!” most of my friends and family believed. Influenced by their opinions and advice, I started vacillating between job interviews with no set goal besides having a job.
I decided I would travel to China–to clear my mind, explore new horizons, and salivate over scrumptious delicacies. I did! After I came back, I was so fascinated with the Middle Kingdom that I decided to craft a website, write about my escapades across the globe, and chit-chat with readers. Most importantly, I decided to use my new site as a portfolio when applying for copywriting jobs.
I uploaded thousands of photos to Facebook, each with a caption in different languages (Bulgarian, English, and French, among others).
After receiving positive feedback from my followers, I realized I am adept at writing. I filled my blog with several thoughtful articles packed with tips. Then I started applying for freelance jobs in copywriting. Whenever I was asked for a sample text or portfolio, I’d forward employers to my website.
It worked. Big time.
The best part was that I did it irrespective of the lack of support from my friends and family. In the meantime, I continued to write. Every single day.
Talent is Overrated
There are few things an individual is not capable of achieving. For some, it will be more challenging than for others. It might even hurt at the outset. With regular practice and the frequent fueling of motivation, you will get there.
You will pride yourself on having questioned the overrated “He is so talented.”
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