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On Talents

Outstanding aptitude (suitability, ability) can be considered "talent". Aptitude is inborn potential to do certain kinds of work whether developed or undeveloped - An outstanding performance may be due to talent, or equally well stem from hard training. Hence, an aptitude - physical or mental - is a part of a competence to do a certain kind of work at a certain level. Talented people tend to show high results quickly in a few kinds of activity.

An aptitude may go along with skills and achievement, which represent knowledge or ability that is gained through learning. Thus, an outstanding performance may be due to talent, or equally well stem from hard training. (WP, "talent"; "aptitude")


Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent. - Marlon Brando

Good times can in part be long-range results of good planning earlier. There is often room for leeway in natural schemes too.

The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight. - Plautus

Talent is great, what is great may be envied, and how the snowballs keep rolling from it.

I am blessed with a reasonable athletic talent and was an athlete in school. - Mary Kom

Everybody cannot hope to win every game and competition around. But to make progress independently of that, can be tidy and fit.

Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is. - James Russell Lowell

Also, "One man's opportunity, another man's burden."

One of the typical responses to not winning after having tried, is being embarrassed, perhaps much ashamed.

It is appropriate to use imagination and other high gifts and skills to get a free, fit and well-run life that is good for one's own family.

Many games around are not worth wasting time on, and not worth winning. Some are, though. Yet solid family living of cooperation often rises over and above plain win-and-lose attitudes.

If you grow to value an education that brings money in time, you may acquire lots of outfit and other things to win favours by, but there are limits to that approach too, all in all. It helps to put things into perspective. Buddha does so through the Middle Path and very helpful counsel in other sutras. Take a look: [Great counsels]


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