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08 avril 2022 - 19:01

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One day, we all said one of these sentences, "wow, they are so talented" or "I wish I could do that too". Everyone is born with a talent or ease in a subject or an activity. It might be at school, or in art, sport. However, does it mean that a talented person will always beat us no matter how much we work and practice? It will be the central question of this essay. We will first deal with why talent can easily beat hard work to comment on this issue, and then, we will see why it is not always the case.

I. Talented people can beat hard workers

A talent is a natural aptitude or skill; we are born with it. Being talented is a real advantage compared to others. It will be tough to beat a naturally skilled person, even for an experimented one. We can take the example of Magnus Carlsen, a thirteen-year-old kid who has won the previous world championship of chess, Anatol Karpov and tied with Garry Kasparov. He was considered the best player for many people; one younger player has become the number one in chess. Having a natural talent allows us to reach a higher position than some people will ever be able to achieve because this talent that we naturally have can be used for many purposes. For instance, a naturally skilled artist has many possibilities. They could draw or paint like the others; however, they can develop more skills than techniques preventing them from surpassing others. 

II. However, it might not always be the case

Even though people get an advantage, maybe talent doesn't solve everything. A striking difference that we can observe between these two kinds of people is that a hard worker will learn many new things thanks to the thorough effort he/she will put into the activity they are interested in. In contrast, talented person often counts on their achievements. This attitude can backfire; for instance, if an athlete has facilities in a sport and relies on his talent, he/she will progressively lose his/her level. We can take the example of one of the best basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan. He discovered basketball during his high school years, and he found an interest in this sport; he kept training supported by his father and entered the NBA in 1984. His hard work allowed him to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Taking everything into account, I would say that talent can help people excel in an activity or subject. Naturally talented people got an advantage compared to others. However, talent doesn't beat hard work. These two things work together. We finally can observe that grit, which is based on perseverance, passion and setting long-term goals, is a way to combine talent and hard work and allows us to learn from our mistakes, develop an open mindset and keep improving. Like Michael Jordan said: "I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying".

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