Merriam-Webster defines talent as a unique ability that enables some individuals to perform exceptionally well in particular activities. According to common knowledge, it is much easier for a talented individual to succeed because talent provides an added advantage. Besides this, we often believe that everybody who succeeds is talented.
However, today, people with average abilities succeed while talented people fail because of the following reasons.
- Some Talented People Don’t Work Hard Enough
Some talented individuals fail because they don’t work hard enough. They believe their success is guaranteed because they are talented. These folks fail to realize that for them to succeed, they have to invest their time and energy in perfecting their skill.
If you are talented, remember that the moment you stop growing your talent, a person with an average skill set is working day and night to make his/her skills extraordinary, and eventually, this individual might beat/outdo you.
Some talented people believe that success must come quickly and easily to them just because they have extraordinary abilities. Therefore, if their success takes longer to arrive, these folks easily become frustrated and give up.
Many talented individuals fail because of overconfidence. Overconfidence makes them believe that they are unbeatable, and makes them assume that success will easily continue. They, therefore, become comfortable, and their comfort leads to failure. Besides this, their ‘unbeatable’ mindset makes them approach challenges with less concentration and intensity hence making it possible for them to fail.
Arrogant, talented individuals fail because they believe they are always right. This belief makes them vulnerable to making several mistakes hence leading to failure. Furthermore, they sometimes fail because their arrogance results in other people not helping them when they are in need.
It is true that talented people have a high chance of succeeding than average folks. However, they might fail if they don’t work hard enough. Moreover, they can fail if they become impatient, overconfident and arrogant.
NOTHING IS MORE COMMON THAN UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE WITH TALENT – CALVIN COOLIDGE
Talent without hard work is nothing – Christiano Ronaldo
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Three Amazing Factors That Prove God is Highly Interested in the Continuation of All Living Things
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While meditating on the relationship between God and the physical world, it dawned on me that God is highly interested in all living things and ‘he’ can’t live without them.
He thus programmed living things in the following ways to ensure their continuity.
He programmed most living things to:
Many living things, including us, are programmed to fear death. For this reason, we run for our lives when we face death although we don’t know what will happen after we die.
Everything could have gone extinct if all creatures never feared death. The Creator thus ensured most creatures survive by making them fear death, and avoid it when possible.
The Creator could have designed sex to be the most boring thing on earth. After all, he can do anything. However, he made sex a pleasurable activity to make many living things want to engage in it. Besides, he designed the sexual urge to be so irresistible to many creatures that some kill each other and risk injury for sex.
Sex is unavoidable, and individuals who abstain for long periods suffer from cardiovascular diseases, stress, and a weak immune system. Some creatures, for instance, dogs become very aggressive if you deny them their right to mate. Besides this, even if you try to abstain, the sexual urge will make you desire sex. This urge wants you to preserve the human species.
If God could not have designed sex to be irresistible, all living things could have abstained from it, and the abstinence would have led to their extinction. For this reason, sex was meant to ensure the continuation of all living things.
3.To Be Harsh With Their Young
Many creatures are designed to fiercely protect their young. The Creator programmed animals to be protective with their young to ensure the continuation of all species. Many creatures would have gone extinct if their parents never protected them fiercely.
With this in mind, it’s clear that God treasures our survival so much that he doesn’t allow extinction. He could have allowed the extinction of all living things to happen a long time ago if he wanted, but he avoids doing so because he treasures the physical world. Maybe he can’t survive without us because he deeply loves us or he is us.
What’s your opinion on this topic? Why do you think God is highly interested in the continuation of all living things?
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The Top 6 Major Ways Modern Society is Killing Creativity
All human beings are highly creative. Infinite Intelligence blessed us with a powerful mind that can create beautiful art, and solve all our problems. However, despite having a powerful mind, most individuals are not creative because the modern society is killing creativity by:
1.Promoting the Myth of the Starving Artist
Modern society loves promoting the idea that creative people especially writers, painters, and musicians earn low incomes. For this reason, there are many memes on the internet that show how artists are struggling to make ends meet. The idea of the starving artist has killed creativity since it prevents people from pursuing artistic careers. Besides, it has resulted in parents not enrolling children in art classes hence killing their children’s creative abilities at an early age.
The modern society encourages everybody to attend school without knowing its disastrous effects on creativity. School promotes the idea of ‘one right answer,’ which kills creativity by preventing students from thinking outside the box. Moreover, school kills creativity by promoting logic and rationality.
3.Promoting the Ego
‘Creativity is a matter of receptiveness and recognition. This cannot happen if you’re convinced that the world revolves around you.’ – Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy
Today, most TV shows, movies, and songs promote the ego by making us obsessed with feelings of self-importance. These feelings make artists obsessed with pursuing glory instead of concentrating on improving their creative skills. Besides, the feelings make us too proud to be willing to learn from others even though learning boosts creativity.
4.Promoting the ‘Busy Myth’
Today, many people believe busyness is a sign of seriousness and future success. For this reason, most of us act or keep ourselves busy without realizing that busyness kills creativity as it leads to mental fatigue, and results in us lacking the time for mental relaxation practices such as, the art of doing nothing and meditation, which are essential for creativity.
Although internet technology boosts creativity because it increases access to information, it has also limited creativity as it makes people to look for solutions from websites instead of formulating their own solutions. Moreover, it has resulted in information overload, which hinders creativity by causing mental overload. Besides the internet technology, most types of technology limit creativity because they occupy our time and prevent us from performing creative activities such as reading, painting, writing, and singing.
6.Encouraging People to Focus on Money
Money is good because it increases our comfort levels. However, focusing too much on it forces us to work in jobs we hate hence killing our creative abilities. It’s impossible to be creative when working in a job we hate because creativity requires passion and inspiration.
The above, and many other factors that modern society promotes explain why modern people are becoming less creative. We thus have to discourage them and embrace the factors that improve creativity because our future depends on creativity.
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