Talent Or Hardwork? Which One is An Entrepreneur’s Bestfriend?

Talent is the speed with which someone learns something” at least that is what Art Blakey said, an iconic jazz drummer of his time.

Talent: “Natural Aptitude or Skill”,  the Oxford dictionary defines it as  Natural Aptitude or Skill”,  Cambridge dictionary defines it as, “It’s a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught”. 

Technically speaking the dictionaries should be more reliable, but then why is it do that Art Blakey makes more sense?

 Talent shall be more concentrated on the capacity to complete the work rather than just a raw “Magical” proficiency.

So the question is even though we all might be equal in the eyes of law, but how apt is it to actually believe that we all are equal?

 Almost everyone has something that sets him or her apart from others; there are always some things that come to us easier than others. Just imagne how lucky would those be who turn these abilities into a profession! Wouldn’t it go on to be the most amusing and inspiring entrepreneurship stories? How easy would it be for them with inborn talent to be victorious in their fields, or other way round, how tough would it be for the so called “Normal” people to compete against them.

However we would like to inform you that the fact actually asserts different, talent  does not always guarantee a success. 

There are other factors as well that determines success. In other words, for every Marie Curie- a child prodigy, we have an Albert Einstein, who might have not done well in mathematics during school, later went on to become world’s top physicist.

“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious” Albert Einstein had said.

It’s certainly the gift of the deity to the special ones but is the gift afresh all the time. An inborn quality is certainly leverage over others who do not possess it, but does it stays with one for a lifetime, or it needs something to be honed?

An entrepreneur with an inbuilt talent to create things is of course a boon, but those godsends turn into blessings only when they get reflected in what the venture does.

Well, the famous economics rule applies here as well, because at the end of the day it’s all perishable, isn’t it?

 According to the rule, everything loses its value if not utilized in apt time. It’s captivating to think how quick a talent can get perished, I mean just think of Mike Tyson. Has it ever occurred to anybody that he might have any other skill than boxing? 

But as stories go, he is a good pigeon racer as well. Or for that matter how many of us know Benjamin Franklin by his skills in Chess? We don’t.

 And these my friend, are just some examples of a talent perishing. Although, they were good at something else all the people aren’t as lucky as them.

 So what’s the component that plays silage for the rotten talent? A natural instinct that many are blessed with- the good old Procrastination. Procrastination can easily hinder the importance of endeavours needed to hone the skills. A sword with a blunt edge never serves its purpose.

Only if talent had gloried over hard work, would most famous basketball player Michael Jordan have started in a junior varsity high school team? He had to actually after his coach did not find him deserving to be in his school’s top 10 players.

Talent wins games, but intelligence and hard work wins championships” is what he had once said about Talent vs Hard work.

Rightly so, hard work is a fuel that maintains the blaze incited. An entrepreneur shall seek for persistence and devotion, a thin silver lining named as hard work, often which goes neglected to put his talent into the best use.

Also one must always remember, the only place where achievement and accomplishment come before hard-work is dictionary. 

The success without hard work and only on the back of talent is a myth. An entrepreneur is always the one who chooses a surer path of success than a short-cut which never leads to destiny.

But things are always easier said than done. Aren’t they?

 As per the research done by psychologist Anders Ericsson during 1990s on musicians, it is estimated elite musicians averaged 10,000 hours of practice each, while the less able only practised 4,000 hours. As far as our normal thinking goes, there must have been some exceptions right? Some super-talented would have made to the elite list in fewer hours. Well, the data actually portrayed something entirely different. Not even a single musician was an exception, in fact, the study showed an immediate relationship between hours of practice and achievements.

 Maybe your mothers lecturing you about hard work back in school was right, huh?

 “Practice makes perfect” couldn’t sound anymore pragmatic right?

Talent may help you to discover yourself and in turn, help you deduce what you want to be. The inherent talent may be a cue for the path to your fortune but the one who gets you over all the obstacles and odds of the aisle is the endurance and hard work that you put to achieve the ultimate prize.

So let’s end this debate once and for all.

 Arithmetically speaking, talent is zero and hard work is one. No matter how many zeros you have and you can go on putting one after another,  it’s only the one in front of all the zeros that enhances its value. To make the business you that you seek worth a value, you got to have that digit-one with you.

Also let us  also look at other way round, a zero enhances value, surel but does the lack of it make it completely useless? Even without the talent, one will always hold some value! 

Rightly so, talent may give an edge, but hard work would beat the talent if talent doesn’t work hard.

If successful entrepreneurship is a riddle, talent and other traits are pieces of this riddle, but the hard work is what works as words to that riddle. And can you form a riddle without words? 

In addition, as the rule says, something will catch unexpectedly and something will be born from the clay. So for that transitions, hard work is always a better choice than the talent.