What If You Have No Talent? (2022)

Here are your options.

What If You Have No Talent? (1)

If you’re like me, you are a talentless hack. You have little to no talent.

(If you’re NOT a talentless hack and do have talent, skip to the end).

Nothing seems to come easy when other people seem to fly by. You can’t quite do the things you want to do in the way you want to them. You try and nothing seems to work. You thought you wanted to do something one day, only to realize the next day that you didn’t.

You know how to fail. A lot.

If that sounds like you, here are your options:

What If You Have No Talent? (2)

You are a talentless hack so you should give up.

This is a pretty good option, especially in the short run. Giving up feels so good. (I prefer giving up to quitting, because quitting I think is more strategic or something.) But for real giving up? That means turning in a whole new direction. That means not looking back. I mean, I thought I was going to be a lawyer once. But I gave that up (though sometimes it rears its ugly head every now and then). I’m not on the path to be a lawyer. I’ve never applied to any law schools. I’m (fairly certain…I think?) not going to be a lawyer.

What If You Have No Talent? (3)

You are a talentless hack, and you need to admit that you have no talent.

Go ahead and do that. I’ll wait…

(Video) This Is What You Do If You Have No Talent

..

.

Now breathe.

Did you feel that? That’s sweet release. The pressure is off. You’ve admitted it.

I’ll tell it to you straight: some people have more talent than you.

They are…

Smarter.

Funnier.

Prettier.

Faster.

We could get jealous and loathe ourselves for all the ways we lack…or we could admit it and go on.

Even your heroes struggled and had day jobs (probably). Very few people just arrive (those are the prodigies…and are annoying).

And the OTHER truth is that you may not make it. What really is going to happen is that “making it” won’t seem like you thought it would.

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Especially when you see how much talent other people have and then how you stack up. So what if you’re not the funniest comedian? The most eloquent writer? The most stunning artist? So what do you next?

Give up? (Go back to #1) or…

What If You Have No Talent? (4)

You are a talentless hack, and you should keep “it” as your hobby.

“It” is something you can watch and follow and not necessarily make money from. And that’s okay. If you are talentless (like me), keeping a hobby is fine. There doesn’t have to be good and bad in the equation. Actually, discerning between good and bad messes up the equation. Why does it have to be either? Why can’t it just be?

Judging yourself that way steals the joy from the hobby, from the…dare I say…passion.

So maybe some of your hobbies are just meant to stay like that. Maybe if you’re talentless, your passion is just supposed to stay a hobby. There’s nothing wrong with that. You’re not failing. You’re a person with an interest. That’s important.

A word on making your hobby into your job

Ah, yes. But we live in an incredible age (don’t we?) that we’re still figuring out. Can’t you just feel the technology in the air?

Possibility.

Wonder.

And then wondering — what if…if only…maybe I could…

Look at SUCH here AND SUCH over there. They’re making money from their hobby. Maybe you could.

BUT…that’s a different talent. Did you catch that? Much of the legwork to make your hobby make money takes a different talent. It takes some business acumen. A little marketing know-how. Some networking and entrepreneurship.

You may be actually be more talented at the hobby than SUCH AND SUCH, but maybe they’re more talented at the marketing and the money and the business.

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Whoa.

And here’s something else that us talentless hacks hate: they may have more than one talent. ACK. That means you have to give up (go back to #1!) or…

What If You Have No Talent? (5)

You are a talentless hack, and you must work harder.

Oh boy. This is the part I’m not good at. It will be harder for people like you and me since we are talentless hacks. And it’s doubly unfair since some people have not one, but two or three more talents than us.

You could work harder. And maybe you’ll do a little better than you would have if you didn’t work harder, but will you crush it? Probably not. Otherwise, you’d be a prodigy. And I don’t think we can all be prodigies.

So here’s another option that many people don’t tell you about…

What If You Have No Talent? (6)

You are a talentless hack, and you don’t need to work harder.

What if you don’t work harder? Is that the end of the world?

No. Did you know at a certain level practice doesn’t even matter anymore? That the 10,000 hours rule helps you get better but not all the way better. Check it out here.

You could still pursue something you’re interested in and not be the best at it. There are plenty of doctors around who are awesome but not the best of the best of the best. Lots of business owners who are not Unicorn Kings. And they have a pretty nice life. Not quadra-billionaires (is that a word?), but living and enjoying things.

You could make a living from your interest in art and design without showcasing in MOMA or at the Whitney. You could make some money copywriting and not be published in the New York Times. You could code without trying to launch your own app or start a business. It’s totally fine, because you’ve learned to…

You are a talentless hack, and you need to develop a skill.

People will hire you even if you’re a talentless hack, because you have a skill. Sometimes that skill will be in something you wish you were more talented in or it could be something completely unrelated.

For example, I can’t play basketball professionally. I’m short and can’t shoot. But I love basketball. I could’ve maybe just maybe worked for a team as a business analyst or something. I guess I still could. That’s an example of part of an interest (basketball) corresponding to a skill I picked up (business analyst).

Sometimes our interests and skills correspond, sometimes they don’t.

I’m sure there are some people who are passionate about teaching. Other people realize it was a skill and they decided to pick it up because they were generally interested in it.

Many times our skills precede passion. The professional smart person Cal Newport even said this:

“…we should begin by systematically developing rare and valuable skills. Once we’ve caught the attention of the marketplace, we can then use these skills as leverage to direct our career toward the general lifestyle traits that resonate with us.”

(BTW, he said something similar here too).

Sometimes people are TALENTED in something they’re not that passionate about. Those people are super annoying if you are passionate about something they’re talented in. But then they often lack the skills to make it happen. They decide to not work hard and get by on talent alone. Which is also super annoying.

If not, go back to #1.

You don’t have to be passionate about something to be talented at it. And you shouldn’t always pursue your passion because you might not be talented in it.

It’s okay, you’ll survive if your “passion” stays as a hobby.

It’s okay, you’ll survive if your “passion” become something you can monetize slightly but not be the best at.

It’s okay, you can find and/or develop a skill that you don’t mind. That will give you some freedom (hopefully!) later on.

I’m sure you’ll figure something out.

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Josh Spilker is a content strategist and author. Follow him on Medium and read more at Create Make Write.

FAQs

What do you do if you have no talent? ›

Is it normal to not have talent? ›

Is it possible to have no talent? Everyone has some talent. Everyone is good at something. If you think you have no talent, you either haven't discovered yours yet or don't consider it a talent because it's not all that useful.

Can you be good at something without talent? ›

You're a perfectly capable human

The scientific community is up in the air about whether or not some people are genetically predisposed to be better at certain things. But without a doubt, there are people who just pick up things easier than others.

What can you do if you have no talent Quora? ›

This is what I suggest for you to do:
  1. Stop comparing yourself to anyone.
  2. Stop trying to live anyone elses life.
  3. Stop trying to be anyone.
  4. Stop trying to keep anyone else happy.
  5. Stop looking at what other people have.
  6. Start focusing on what you want.
  7. Start making a plan to achieve what you want.

How can I find my talents? ›

To discover your talents, think about the things you've enjoyed doing or excelled at in the past. For example, if you always loved art classes when you were a kid, you might have some artistic talent you could explore. Additionally, consider your current interests to see if there are any common threads.

What do you call a person with no talent? ›

inept. adjective. someone who is inept does not have much ability or skill.

How can I improve my talent? ›

7 Steps To Developing Your Talents
  1. Formulate your WHY. Why do you do what you do? ...
  2. Find out the required techniques. ...
  3. Know your strengths and weaknesses, then focus on your strengths. ...
  4. Create your own formula. ...
  5. Take constructive advice, but don't ask for permission. ...
  6. Do the work. ...
  7. Celebrate your progress.
18 Apr 2017

Is talent genetic or learned? ›

Genetic factors contribute to a large extent to variation in aptitude and talent across different domains of intellectual, creative, and sports abilities.

Is everyone born with talent? ›

Every human has been blessed with different abilities, talents and capabilities. We differ from each other in that we have different interests and inclinations. One might be good at music but not in drawing, while another might be great at dancing but not at writing.

Is talent important for success? ›

Just because talent gives you an edge at first, success won't be handed to you. Instead, you still need to work incredibly hard to achieve what you want. So if you lack talent, you can outwork talented people.

Is being on time a talent? ›

Punctuality, or the state of being on time, is a skill that's highly underutilized in today's world. This skill goes beyond arriving on time to classes as a college student or arriving on time to work as an adult.

Are people naturally talented? ›

The science of skill acquisition has been the focus of a number of recent studies and books. As it turns out, we are born with very few, if any, natural talents and skills. Excellence is borne not of any particular innate ability, but of practice.

Is reading a skill or talent? ›

Basically, reading is the ability to look at and understand the meaning of the written words, letters, or symbols. But reading as a skill means much more than that. Reading is a complex process of identifying/recognizing written signs, comprehending the signs, and constructing a meaning of the signs.

Why I have no talent Quora? ›

Find something that you enjoy doing and practice doing that. Becoming an expert in anything takes around 10,000 hours of practice. If you have no skills or talents that is fine, you just need to find your passion and learn to do it the hard way through practice, discipline and dedication.

Is writing a talent? ›

Writing is a skill and a talent. Good writing is akin to good music, and good writers have an “ear” that allows them to hear the rhythms of the words and the flow of the thoughts and lay them out, so the reader is entranced. Most believe writing is a skill.

What are the 3 types of talents? ›

The truth is that all of us have a great many skills and we are highly talented in our own ways. There are three types of skills: functional, self-management and special knowledge. Functional skills are abilities or talents that are inherited at birth and developed through experience and learning.

What are hidden talents? ›

Hidden talents are abilities or skills you didn't know were possible or didn't even know you have. When people think of talents, they often only focus on drawing, acting, singing, playing instruments, learning languages quickly, and so forth. Of course, these are all excellent talents, but many others exist too!

What are the natural talents? ›

A person's “natural talents,” as Rawls uses the term, are roughly the set of abilities that they were “born with” that affect their success in life. Our opportunities to succeed in life have a number of sources. The sources that are purely genetic are our natural talents.

How do you say not talented? ›

talentless
  1. incapable,
  2. incompetent,
  3. unable,
  4. unfit,
  5. ungifted,
  6. untalented.

What is lack skill? ›

noun. the fact of not being able to do something.

Is it possible to not have a skill? ›

The simple fact of life is that you accumulate skills as you move through it. Although you might not have honed a highly specialized skill in a competitive field, that doesn't mean you don't possess any skills at all. In fact, even just a willingness to learn is a skill in itself.

Can talent be learned? ›

Talent is not taught, it's a natural ability to see or do something in a certain way. But skill is something that we have become good at and love doing but have been taught. It's taken hours, days, weeks, months, years to master.

Why is talent so important? ›

Talent development increases productivity and performance

Through talent development, employees understand their roles and have the skills and tools they need. This helps them commit fewer errors and be more productive. Relevant training also increases employee engagement, which enhances their performance.

How can I get talented to study? ›

10 Habits of Successful Students
  1. Get Organized. Making a plan for what you're going to do and when you're going to do it will make sure you're always ahead of the curve - literally.
  2. Don't multitask. ...
  3. Divide it up. ...
  4. Sleep. ...
  5. Set a schedule. ...
  6. Take notes. ...
  7. Study. ...
  8. Manage your study space.

Is talent made or born? ›

In any profession, it is important to invest time and energy into capacity building and continuous skill development to reach excellence. Talent is not born; it can be cultivated with passion, motivation, patience and practice.

Are people born talented or lucky? ›

Talent is considered an innate, natural ability. You're born with it or without it, and supposedly you can neither gain it nor lose it. Talent isn't learned or developed; it's discovered by the lucky owner or by others who are observant. However, one needs both natural ability and hard work to become successful.

What makes a person talented? ›

Talented individuals think of themselves as being able to manage time, meet deadlines, and find ways to break down formidable tasks into smaller and manageable pieces. They produce prime results because they are committed to making sure that each and every piece makes it to the finish line – finishing power.

Is singing a talent or a skill? ›

Singing takes both talent and skill.

A person is said to be talented when they can use physical intelligence to imitate something they see or hear others do. For instance, you hear someone else sing. Your mind and body and soul process it. And then you use your mouth and your body to repeat it back.

Is it possible to lose talent? ›

Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget; the balance is forever. By contrast, we usually hear about wasting talent, rather than losing it. It's possible to waste a thing suddenly, but the talent is usually described as being wasted away over time. Once time is gone, it cannot be reclaimed.

Can you grow talent? ›

Yes, people differ greatly – in aptitude, talents, interests, or temperaments – but everyone can change and grow through application and experience. It's very possible to be somewhere in the middle, and to lean a certain way in one area of life, and a different way in other areas.

Is hard work better than talent? ›

Talent is also required, but hardwork is the ultimate key factor that determines one's success. Talent gives you a head start, but hard work makes you finish the race. We've all heard that hard work is the key to success but sometimes the talent overpowers hardwork and people get better outcome.

Is luck a talent? ›

Luck is a skill itself.

Success that you have by chance and not because of anything that you do (Macmillan Dictionary) Good things that happen to you by chance, not because of your own efforts or abilities (Oxford Learners' Dictionary) Only getting wet when you should have drowned. (Urban Dictionary)

Why do we feel less talented? ›

Answer: "What is difficult for the average person is easy for the talented person. What is difficult for the talented person is easy for the genius."

What talent means? ›

1a : a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude. b : general intelligence or mental power : ability. 2 : the natural endowments of a person. 3 : a person of talent or a group of persons of talent in a field or activity.

Why you should be on time? ›

Being on time helps you be cool, calm, and collected, and you make a great impression by showing the other person you respect their valuable time. By arriving early, you allow yourself a few extra minutes to think through your argument, and you appear more confident, poised, and in control.

What are the disadvantages of being late? ›

Here's why:
  • It's impolite. ...
  • You won't be at your best. ...
  • You'll waste other people's time. ...
  • You'll worsen your company's culture. ...
  • Tardiness becomes a vicious cycle. ...
  • Modern technology means there's no need to be late. ...
  • Mobile technology means you won't waste your time if you're early.
30 Sept 2015

Is practice better than talent? ›

Natural talent, those authors concluded in their study, is more important than practice. We found that deliberate practice explained 26% of the variance in performance for games, 21% for music, 18% for sports, 4% for education, and less than 1% for professions.

How do I find my child's talent? ›

Exposure: Telling and showing kids about various fun activities may help activate their latent talent. It's okay if your child doesn't show interest in a particular activity. Give them time to decide. Let them discover their own talents.

What is the difference between talent and skill? ›

Key Differences Between Talent and Skill

The term talent refers to an inborn and the special ability of a person to do something. A skill is an expertise, which is acquired by the person by learning. Talent is God gifted ability, whereas Skill is an ability in which you put your time and efforts to develop.

Are talents born or made? ›

In any profession, it is important to invest time and energy into capacity building and continuous skill development to reach excellence. Talent is not born; it can be cultivated with passion, motivation, patience and practice.

Is everyone born with a talent? ›

The science of skill acquisition has been the focus of a number of recent studies and books. As it turns out, we are born with very few, if any, natural talents and skills. Excellence is borne not of any particular innate ability, but of practice.

Does every person have a talent? ›

Every human being has been blessed with different abilities, talents and capabilities. We differ from each other in that we have different interests and inclinations. One might be good at music but not in drawing, while another might be great at dancing but not at writing.

Is gaming a talent? ›

It does not require any talents that you cannot get better at. Gaming is a skill, and you can polish this skill over time with practice. Once you are good at this skill, you have no idea how good it can be for you. It can be beneficial for you as a person in improving your cognitive abilities.

Is hardwork a talent? ›

Talent helps you on the way, but without hard work, you will simply be outworked. So whether you have talent or not, you will always need to work hard. Besides, talent is something you either do or do not have. But work ethic is a habit you can develop, which will bring you much further in life.

Can talent be taught? ›

Talent is not taught, it's a natural ability to see or do something in a certain way. But skill is something that we have become good at and love doing but have been taught.

Is it possible to lose talent? ›

Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget; the balance is forever. By contrast, we usually hear about wasting talent, rather than losing it. It's possible to waste a thing suddenly, but the talent is usually described as being wasted away over time. Once time is gone, it cannot be reclaimed.

Is singing a talent or a skill? ›

Singing takes both talent and skill.

A person is said to be talented when they can use physical intelligence to imitate something they see or hear others do. For instance, you hear someone else sing. Your mind and body and soul process it. And then you use your mouth and your body to repeat it back.

What is my natural ability? ›

The definition of Natural Ability is ability that you are born with. Other words commonly used to describe natural abilities are Aptitude, Talents, and Gifts.

Is talent genetic or learned? ›

Genetic factors contribute to a large extent to variation in aptitude and talent across different domains of intellectual, creative, and sports abilities.

What are hidden talents? ›

Hidden talents are abilities or skills you didn't know were possible or didn't even know you have. When people think of talents, they often only focus on drawing, acting, singing, playing instruments, learning languages quickly, and so forth. Of course, these are all excellent talents, but many others exist too!

What are some weird talents? ›

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  • Walking Like a Crab. ...
  • Singing with Your Mouth Closed. ...
  • Stacking Dice With Cups. ...
  • Extreme Pen Spinning. ...
  • Talking Backwards. ...
  • Fast Reading. ...
  • Limbo Skating. ...
  • Slow Motion Walking.
20 Aug 2015

What counts as a talent? ›

The term 'talent' refers to an inborn and special ability that someone has. Skill is an expertise that can be acquired by doing things over time, like learning how to play guitar or speaking multiple languages fluently- it's not something you're born with, but rather something learned through practice.

Do gamers have a higher IQ? ›

The results showed that those who played more games than the average increased their intelligence between the two measurements by approximately 2.5 IQ points more than the average. No significant effect was observed, positive or negative, of TV-watching or social media.

Do video games take skill? ›

Video games require hand skills to execute the desired task to play the game, using fine and gross motor skills with visual perception. Play a game that requires precision timing, a sensitive touch and detail and you will find your hand-eye skill increases.

How can I be a gamer? ›

How to Become a Professional Gamer: A Step-by-Step Guide
  1. Step 1: Choose Your Game, Platform, and Genre. ...
  2. Step 2: Practice Makes Perfect. ...
  3. Step 3: Join a Gaming Community. ...
  4. Step 4: Invest in Good Gaming Gear. ...
  5. Step 5: Attend Local Gaming Events. ...
  6. Step 6: Find a Team. ...
  7. Step 7: Compete in Leagues and Tournaments. ...
  8. Step 8: Get Sponsored.

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