Talent = Skill?

World outside academic fence is very different.

The world of text books, assignments, tuitions, lectures, note-taking, examinations, grades all will replaced by hard realities of life.

The society/system, depending on how you prefer to refer them, will have different set of expectations from you and your efforts. Academic days were manifestation of your family celebrating your grades and you taking the pride of your inquisitive mind, sharp memory and exceptional communication ability. After your studies, the same people will start expecting result from the result you got in your academics.

Now, more than grades, society will rank you on the basis of bank balance and material possessions.

An entirely new world order!

Here comes two phrases that will haunt you day & night almost all the places from the resume to job floor to your cubicle!

Talent and Skill!

Talent is the natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught.

Key-phrases from the this definition of talent are: Natural ability, Good at something, Without being taught.

Skill is an ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practiced it.

Key phrases here are: Ability to do activity or job, practice.

A close comparison of the two definitions, talent and skill, prima facie may look and smell different, we need to look further deep.

  • Talent is the natural ability to be good at something (activity/job)
  • Skill is the practiced ability to do something good (activity/job).
Talent = Skill?


So, let’s use some mathematics and scientific approach for widening our common sense:

Our hypothesis here is:

Talent = Skill, that is talent and skill are the same.

This implies: natural ability to be good at something = practiced ability to do something good.

Striking out common terms, the expression will become: Natural ability = Practiced ability

Tuning further: Natural = Practiced

This hypothesis has two inferences:

Inference 1:

Talent = Skill

Natural ability becomes equal to practiced ability. Or, natural ability and practiced ability both are the same.

Here, one will be investing time and effort in one’s natural talents. As it obvious, less resistance you will be feeling and passion will be so much, because you are doing something for which you are made for. With more and more efforts, you will sharpen and polish your talents. You are practicing on your talent, and turning talent to skill. If you are able bring the two universes, that is nothing less than any miracle. This is a point where happiness and success co-exist in the same person. Call it luck or hard work, this is an outcome of a decision making. Decision to pursue your path through your in-built qualities. You need to have courage, confidence, patience and perseverance.

Inference 2:

Natural ability does not equal practiced ability.

Here, a person has a certain set of natural abilities, we called it talents already. And, because of the following reasons, but not limited to, one doesn’t put effort in polishing his/her talents:

  • Ignorance (of their ability or opportunities)
  • Laziness
  • Lack of confidence
  • Negative thinking
  • Shyness
  • ‘What-if’ mentality
  • People-satisfying approach

List may go endless, but the outcome remains the same, you don’t want to work on your talent.

Than working on inborn talents, he/she invests time and effort in proving you are wrong and others are right. You are seeking someone else within you and repeatedly you are confronted with yourself and your society’s expectation. You keep training your fish to climb tree, and your monkey to swim in water. You fail, but keep living the life to make others happy. To comply to society norms. You prefer to become that one engineering graduate among the lakhs ignoring that one talent you can do with eyes shut. Skill and talent hardly comes in harmony here. And, success, even if reached, happiness stay kilometers away.

Career is a journey, you cannot ‘pretend’ to be pursuing it. You must live it.

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