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It Turns Out I Have No Natural Talents

The other day I got out of my car and was walking through the parking lot to my dance studio when something occurred to me. I have no natural talents. It was one of those thoughts that come out of nowhere, and the minute you think it, you know it’s true.

Now I’m not saying I’m not good at things. I am. I can dance, skateboard, surf, play tennis, write, make amazing sandwiches… But everything I’m good at, I’m only good at only because I worked REALLY FUCKING HARD TO GET GOOD!!!

I guess you could say that I have the natural talent of being tenacious, but beyond that, I am pretty talentless. The thing that I’ve got going for me is that I am willing to do whatever it takes, and take as much time as I need, to get better at something.

There are some people who get good at things very easily. They may have a natural propensity towards creative capacities, or some advanced ability to digest various educational disciplines. Usually these people are hyper talented in a variety of fields. They don’t have to commit in the same way I do, because they can float between an assortment of activities and excel.

NOT ME!

I have to focus and exert a shit ton of effort in order to advance my ability.

I guess if I’m being real with myself, The Munch is the same way as me. She is not particularly talented at anything. But she is a good student and willing to try!! Every teacher she has, whether it’s her ski teacher/ gymnastics teacher/dance teacher – they all say the same thing. That she is good listener and is willing to practice.

Because my kid and I are pretty talentless, the best thing we can do for ourselves is get really enthusiastic about practicing!! Every time The Munch shows me one of her drawings, or one of her mediocre cartwheels I say, “Wow! You have been practicing so much and I really see improvement! I can see how trying hard is making you better!”

Here were are just working hard trying not to be average!!

toni and munch cat tail

4 Responses to It Turns Out I Have No Natural Talents

  1. Laszlo Nagy says:

    Baby Sister I have to interject here. I think talent is a function of love. If you fall in love with something, you do it. Don’t think like this. Don’t break your brother’s heart.

  2. joel says:

    Hey Toni, good on you for your contribution on Alternet. Your talents is showing. IMO both your thinkers are responding nicely to events.

  3. Olga Davidson says:

    Amen Laszlo! The concept of natural talent is stupid. You love something and you do it. No one is going to do something they don’t like. As my late Dad said, think about what you spend most of your time doing because that is usually where your talents lie.

  4. Mel Fahner says:

    Dear Toni, I like your style! Seems to me mediocre after effort caps talent-fueled perfection every time. The thing is: We have come to value everything we THINK we don’t have above everything we DO have. .. Seems to me what you do have is everything a thoroughly great human being needs: intelligence, humour and heart. Keep all that and you are a resounding success!

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