In this era where pursuit of self-sufficiency is mainstream, eking out a living through involvement in a job becomes default. With loud whispers of dearth of white-collar jobs, instinct pushes many to indiscriminate search. Natural talent’s place in such foray is tossed aside, starting the journey to earning well but faring averagely. Working hard or smart wouldn’t save you from having an ordinary career when you’ve neglected your inborn strength(s).

Having observed careers of those who have thrived, not survived, in business (Aliko Dangote), medicine (Ben Carson), football (Cristiano Ronaldo), basketball (Michael Jordan), tennis (Serena Williams), comedy (Bovi Ugboma), politics (Barack Obama), art (Pablo Picasso), Education (Albert Einstein), considering individual talent quotient in any career choice is primary. Inborn strengths often provide a headstart, making learning peculiar job skills to be efficient almost seamless. Paying attention to the professional evolution of the highlighted names is insightful. Einstein once sat for a college entrance examination where he excelled only in math and underperformed in other subjects. Although he had to resit, that was an early sign of a future in physics. Have you overlooked any?

With some talent, there is already a foundation to lay the blocks of training, seminars, meetings, further studies, hours of work on; whereas the untalented in a field would need to build one, which is usually not as formidable. Highly impressive results follow whenever the talented puts in significant work, compared to others whose results may be acceptable but hardly outstanding. Why s/he seems to be coveting all the recognitions/promotions, meritoriously, in your office is explicable by talent.

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Turning genius in any career requires both the input of talent and work. Neither alone can get you there! A HB pencil writes when sharpened due to its inherent potential; no matter how much a stick is sharpened, it won’t write as well. Hearing people spend half of their lives in a profession without leaving deep footprints behind is so boring and cliché. It is either their talent was starved of work or talent was absent. Why not be different?

©Kaycee Naze,
Rational Pen.

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