Talent Vs. Persistence - What's Best?

by Gerald Arno Banned
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What do you think is going to be the biggest success factor, talent or persistence?

Claiming that you don't have talents is just a limiting belief and won't get you far.

We all have unique talents and capabilities, so we should use them. And I definitely believe and can see that there are people with more or less talent. However, the ones that succeed at the higher levels, are usually people with very little talent, but fully used talent.

You can have as much talent as you want, but if you don't make use of it or get into the wrong area of interest where you simply don't have the talent, you might be wasting a lot of time.

It takes some time to develop the sense to focus on expanding your talents more than trying to improve your weaknesses. While the latter option sounds very tempting, it is definitely not the smartest and fastest way to success.

The best thing you can do is to work with as many talented people as possible, who add talent to your talents.

This principle sounds simple to understand, but it's very difficult in the implementation.

Here is what Will Smith says about this subject:


To your success,

Gerald
#persistence #talent
  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    Yeah where focus goes energy flows and whatever you focus on will happen!

    All we need is already within us so what we need to do is tap into this and speak what we want to become and achieve.

    Great post thanks again Gerald
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    Nice share!
    Having it together is the best. I think talent is natural in order for you to be successful you to be persistent in developing your talent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gerald Arno
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      Originally Posted by Evocess View Post

      Nice share!
      Having it together is the best. I think talent is natural in order for you to be successful you to be persistent in developing your talent.
      We are all very talented and unique in certain areas, so the question is what do we do with it.

      Talent that is not alive, is useless and will never produce much.

      If talent would be the main success factor, every single person would be top successful. Even a person with no legs and one arm has talent that could bring him to the top in some area.

      Success is about perception and progression more than talent.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidsu
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    I think...

    Persistent people have a greater chance to success than talented people.

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”- Calvin Coolidge
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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    Hello! In my experience based opinion, talent is nothing without persistence. what would talent ever do if you never persist in nurturing it and working hard to success. I'm not saying that talent is not important but, persistence and talent is a more powerful combination. More power!
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  • Profile picture of the author aatyum
    Hi.........

    Talent and persistence are equally potent in value. Persistence speaks for itself in terms of understanding its requisite components of thought trend and or behavior. But Talent!

    There is another side....... Better sit down for this...


    Talent Is Magnetic

    Talent
    at any and all scales, is value success orientated, when it is 'exploited', and not just considered as being 'used'. Exploitation implies practical application, which can be for a myriad of purposes that can concern the acquisition of, health, knowledge, wealth, information, or any number of intrinsic artifacts.


    Furthermore, as the underlying attribute of 'talent', is better understood regarding the aspects of its ties to ancient technologies, talent can stand alone. Talent as an individualized prescription, carries with it a naturally occurring embedded intrinsic human feature, that obeys the dynamic behaviors of the physics of this Mother Nature, which regard our known sciences of resonance, harmonic symmetry, fractal coherent integrity, MAGNETISM, and the like.


    Humans like us, are part of a greater electromagnetic field medium of coherence, that is our environment, where the artifacts that populate this field (organic or otherwise), behave in correspondence to the potent strengths of our given (born) affinities. In a relative degree, we harmonically sympathize with in-kind similarities of expression, whether it is of a tangible durable practical character, or virtual mental psychological character.


    CONSIDER:

    Now, simply consider the landscape of potential, and its distillations of energy. Consider, the somewhat predictable behaviors of energy, especially magnetism. The physics of this Mother Nature knows this language well, ad instinctively, so do the creatures of the humankind. You do understand this, right/ You know what you consciously choose to like or dislike, right? This like and dislike story only acknowledges a surface story that concerns a moral exposure to the influences of experience. But What about the internal intrinsic decisions that assist the contour of influences, that construct a conscious decision?


    Now you're talking about the landscape and language articulations of this Mother Nature. Behind the casual everyday scenes of our environmental theater of evolving experience, the particle artifacts of presence, material substance, and fluid energy, intelligently decides to uniformly behave within the ratio proportion symmetries of patterned expression. This means that their is a detectable recognizable observable blueprint of form, in the operation of function and resolve,


    Electromagnetism blends the medium of existence. Time reflects itself as a consequence condition. Space divides itself into regions. Energy explains itself as radiant fluids. Form confines itself to geometry. Everything Is Connected, Nothing Is Divorced From Itself - Tom Garris.


    HUMANS

    Life as we humans know it, tends to prefer to organize itself in certain ways, and through the use of certain methods. These organizing forces are both seen and unseen, and are in operation despite our awareness of their behavioral effort. What we do know, is that these forces express throughout all scales of energy, because they are a spectrum specific of that. This includes psychological frequency specifics of electrical and or radiant energy forces. The consequential dynamics of magnetism occur here as well.


    In human terms, we magnetically aggregate ourselves into cultures, nations, communities, religions, racial groups, and even social networks, wherein they all provides us with an evidence of attractive proof, as to the similar conformity's of both the tangible external, and the virtual internal working behavioral mechanisms that are functioning in this surrounding environment.


    SUMMARY:

    All this is to say, that talent attracts in-kind particles of presence to itself, naturally. This has nothing to do with its exposure to potential recipients of its virtue of expression, outside of its immediate initiating area of proximity. Its exposure, and or, applicability, has more to do with disallowed, or allowed impediment to its expression, or interruptions that dilute its congealed radiance of potency, which dilute its magnetic attractive quality.


    So, I say talent and persistence are equally potent in value, but persistence is easier to control and protect from being diluted, because its much easier to understand.

    Something to consider, don't you think? What do you think?


    Tom
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    Now that is a video that I can watch several times over and over again, its always nice to have a reminder
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    • Profile picture of the author Gerald Arno
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      Originally Posted by Isaiah Jackson View Post

      Now that is a video that I can watch several times over and over again, its always nice to have a reminder
      You made a good point here Isaiah! You really cannot forget about this video the first time you watched. The oftener you watch it the more gets stuck and the better ideas you'll get as a result.
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  • Profile picture of the author ibiamu
    Hi, your talent can be develop if you are persistence in puisuing your talent and persistence will help you to develop your talent. So, talent and persistence work together for success to be achieved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    It is the mondset ...

    If someone who is highly talented and it gets noticed early on.. sometimes they think that is all they need and they fail to develope nurture and build on the talent ..eventuall they are talented but mediocre ..

    if someone is talented and driven to get better then they will nurture ..work and get better at where their talent lies ..

    sometimes the talent people notice are not the real talents ..someone may have talents that when applied make them a good team leading athlete.. when those same talens can make them a real good boss and or field commander
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  • Profile picture of the author smonline
    I think persistence is more important than talent.

    It is good to have talent, but it is useless, unless it is applied with commitment towards your goal.

    Talent is the "skill" part, while persistence is the "taking action" or "commitment" part.

    Nothing comes into reality without commitment.

    And by persisting, you sharpen your talent even more.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Talent will get you noticed, but persistence will keep you noticed. Especially when you run into obstacles, setbacks and challenges.

      Persistence is one of the greatest talents a person can have.

      The good news is... you don't have to be born with it, everyone can develop the habit of persistence.
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      • Profile picture of the author riniwida
        Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

        Talent will get you noticed, but persistence will keep you noticed. Especially when you run into obstacles, setbacks and challenges.

        Persistence is one of the greatest talents a person can have.

        The good news is... you don't have to be born with it, everyone can develop the habit of persistence.
        i got it... talent without act is nothing, but persistence without talent will be something
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        • Profile picture of the author hbteos234
          Originally Posted by riniwida View Post

          i got it... talent without act is nothing, but persistence without talent will be something
          Agree. With persistence you can get good at anything, even that for which you initially did not have talent for
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  • Perseverance still the best key to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author MilkerFocus
    Both are important. If your persistence can help you develop your talent. Your talent will make you be better than others, then you will keep moving and be persistent again.
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  • Profile picture of the author JPBailey
    Persistance always wins. Have you seen the no-talent successes out there?

    The good news is, if they can do it - You Can Too!

    Your competition is your role model.

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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    Persistence without talent---you can't get anywhere banging your head on brick walls!
    Talent without persistence---how many geniuses are there who had fantastic ideas that they never acted on?

    The question is not one without the other. With either one missing, you have a non-functional person. The ratio is the question. I would say persistence 60%, talent 40%.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    I almost want to argue that talent is more important than persitence just to play devils advocate, except for the fact I don't believe it.

    I do think though it is important to be persistent at something that you are talented at. An example would be some one like Michael Jordan, who is oft quoted about the number of times he failed and his persistence. But he was persistent at something that he was naturally skilled at.

    I think this is an important lesson for IM'ers, becasue there are a lot of different areas you can focus. It pays to work out what you are actually good at and focus your energies there rather than doing something just because you see other people having success with it.

    Once you have identified your talents, then it is time to get persistent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gerald Arno
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      Originally Posted by ProScribe View Post

      I almost want to argue that talent is more important than persitence just to play devils advocate, except for the fact I don't believe it.

      I do think though it is important to be persistent at something that you are talented at. An example would be some one like Michael Jordan, who is oft quoted about the number of times he failed and his persistence. But he was persistent at something that he was naturally skilled at.

      I think this is an important lesson for IM'ers, becasue there are a lot of different areas you can focus. It pays to work out what you are actually good at and focus your energies there rather than doing something just because you see other people having success with it.

      Once you have identified your talents, then it is time to get persistent.
      Good point!

      Still, it takes more than talent to succeed at a higher level and do this consistently. You can get to the top with talent, but only persistent keeps you there!

      There are way too many talented and smart people who lack the ability to take persistent action.

      Your talent is just not fully expanded and developed when you start of, but you can develop it by taking daily actions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mygrowth
    If you study most of the people who have succeeded in their chosen field it was not talent that got them to their destination. It was persistence. It was this same persistence that allowed them to develop these talents along the way due to their passion.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimWRoberts
    "If your not making someone else's life better, then your wasting your time" - Love it...
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  • Profile picture of the author haroldtopps
    Persistence is one of the greatest talents a person can have.
    nice thought
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    In this current world it takes both talent and persistence to make it to the Olympics. Every field needs a little of talent and plenty of persistence to make it big.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielsk7
    I personally think that persistence should be valued more than talent. I mean everyone knows someone who is talented and is not making the best of their talent. Why because they aren't persistent.

    The saying 5% talent 95% hard work that comes to mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author emarion1114
      Originally Posted by Danielsk7 View Post

      I personally think that persistence should be valued more than talent. I mean everyone knows someone who is talented and is not making the best of their talent. Why because they aren't persistent.

      The saying 5% talent 95% hard work that comes to mind.
      Nice one. I agree with you.
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  • Profile picture of the author HFlame7
    Both are good, but persistence is the one you should have more of.
    I have personally known many people with lots of "talent" waste it simply because they have no "persistence" in chasing their financial dreams.
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    Will Smith is the man! Love when he mentions his relentless work ethic, how he is not afraid to die on a treadmill. This is more important than talent. He also mentions the importance of developing your skill and your craft.

    Very wise indeed. We are different in the amount of talent we have, but we all have the opportunity to reach our full potential by simply deciding to put in the work and do what it takes.

    Another thought I always have in mind is that you can have all the talent in the world but if you are not persistent you will easily give up. You must have the attitude that allows you to:

    Look up, Get up and NEVER GIVE UP!

    - Will
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    I think a little bit of both will be best for achieving success. It has to be balance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Kaplan
    Persistence tempered with intelligence. You can persistently run east looking for a sunset but it won't happen! Apply intelligence to the problem as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author hacktheworld
    I Think both talent and Persistence are necessary but persistence has more weight-age than talent.
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  • Profile picture of the author captaincarr
    I think that you need both to make it in this industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author captaincarr
    Also, if you are persistent, you can develop a talent.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinbang
    yeah you are jacki3
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  • Profile picture of the author Krassy
    I think that persistence is greater than talent. You could have the greatest talent in the world, but if you give up easily then no one will ever find out about your talent and you'll never be able to use it to its full extent.
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