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#19 - nuciferatu
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(02/13/2014) [-]
Lemme hit y'all over the head with a tale of knowledge.
As some of you might know (if you've been following my rants on this site) I'm an acting school graduate with both stage and film experience.

In my activities I've been partnered with everything between both extremes of talent and hardwork. Which is to say, I've had one guy, let's call him Vic, who had pretty much 100% talent but barely put in any work at all, one guy, called Mick, who had painfully 0 talent, but worked his ass off with a kind of single-minded fury that would put a wrecking ball to shame, and everything in-between.

As for me, I've always had a bit of talent, and was willing to pile on a bit of work on top, but would usually give up short of 100% because lazy. But this isn't about me.

Now, let me tell you, talent CANNOT be entirely substituted by work. That one guy, Mick, working his ass off 14 hours a day, could barely keep up with the immensely talented douche-bag who just went in looking like he just woke up, did his role off the cuff and raked in applause, and then left the theater to go back to sleep.

When Vic was forced by circumstance to put some actual work in, there was no stopping him. He won awards and broke hearts. And Mick, no matter how hard he worked and how well he performed, there was always "something missing". That's what the teachers, the critics, the directors, his stage-partners, everyone said. So much work, such great ethic, but no talent. It was like a perfectly cut diamond that didn't sparkle.

So my advice to you, instead of thinking "oh, I can be excellent at anything if I put enough work into it", try to find out what you're actually good at. What comes naturally to you. That's your talent. Now work on that piece of coal to turn it into a diamond. It's already sparking.
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User avatar #142 to #140 - nuciferatu
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Oh sure, that's perfectly correct. I picked up the saxophone for fun and it's offered me tons of it even if I'm still terrible at it. The point was about a life choice. The one defining direction your efforts take at a certain point in your life. It's generally accepted that it takes about 10.000 hours to be good at something, so figuring in average work days with weekends free (but no other vacations) you'd need about 5 years, give or take.

Sure, if you wanted to, you could radically change your life's direction every 5 years, but starting off with something that you have actual talent for might make the whole trip that much easier and fun.

Another anecdote: I have a good friend who's in tax consulting for one of the big-five corporations. I gave him flack in the past for "Selling out" and pursuing something he doesn't care for just for the sake of a paycheck. Now here's the kicker: he's actually talented at it. He has an uncanny eye for numbers, does percentages off the top of his head and treats discrepancies with the kind of sherlock-esque curiosity that can only be bred by true passion and inclination. I was all wrong. It wasn't just a paycheck. It was actually his talent. He's gotten so damn good at it, he's team leader after only 3 years in the company!
User avatar #62 to #19 - sweetbutteryjesus
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I love you, that was ****** beautiful.