Sometimes it appears that the deck is stacked in favor of “the naturals” i.e. those with a natural talent for a particular skill. In almost every walk of life, we give people with natural talent special attention while those who have worked hard to develop their skills get overlooked.
For example, recent psychological studies have discovered an unconscious bias towards the naturally talented. Which can mean that we often are more likely to consider the performance of naturals as better than the very same performance of hard workers.
Natural talent is often perceived as a key ingredient for a potential top performer.
This prompts us to ask, does natural talent beat hard work?
Basketball coach, Tim Notke once said that “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Natural talent is a great starting point, but to attain real success it is imperative to work hard.
Sometimes natural talent is wasted as naturally talented people just don’t have the work ethic required to get ahead. This is especially the case when they are pitted against hard workers who are used to diligently pursuing their goals.
Perhaps the time has come for a new outlook on the somewhat dated concept of hard work versus natural talent? Maybe we should consider hard work to be a form of talent in its own right, as it is not something of which everyone can do.
In theory, having the determination and ability to work hard towards a goal, is as important a talent as anything else.
As the American football player, Robert Griffin III, once posited: “Hard work beats talent any day, but if you’re talented and work hard, it’s hard to be beat.”
Davitt Corporate Partners have produced an infographic which delves into these questions regarding the relationship between hard work and natural talent.
This highly informative infographic describes the respective benefits of both natural talent and hard work and offers advice on how to cultivate the best of both in yourself and others.