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Talent or Hardwork? 2016-05-02 오후 6:45:00

“Hopping as she went, hop, hop, and hop. She turned at her back and saw little lazy tortoise slowly walking along the path. The smart young hare thought to herself, ‘I think even if I take a nap here, the tortoise wouldn’t be able to catch me! I am as fast as a wind and as quick as a lightening bolt.’ She laid her back under a nice cool shadow and fell into a sweet wonderland.” As everyone ha heard the old tale of “Hare and Tortoise,” the ending of this short story is quite ironic. The rabbit, that trusted her talent more than anything else, loses the racing with the turtle, the slowest animal people can possibly imagine. The disparities between talent individual and the successful one is not innate gifts but the amount of efforts, for people need to develop their skills, the possibilities that certain people might misuse their talents and the cases where hard works became a talent.

Despite the fact that some people are given with special abilities when they were born, it is still crucial for people to hone their skills with hard works. There is a widely known theory called “Ten Thousand Hours of Practice.” This idea, first proposed by the American writer, Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outlier, stated that it takes roughly ten thousan hours of practices in order to be a master in a field. Gladwell studied the lives of extremely successful people in the world and found out that they spent at least then thousand hours of hard work in order to achieve their status in the modern society. Another example that supported his idea was the experiment on Berlin’s violinists. In 1990, a group of psychologists studies the violinists in Berlin and found out several surprising facts about the relationship between hours of practices and achievements. All five players who had reputations for being the best musician in the cities had habits of practicing three hours a day from their childhood, adolescence and adulthood. However, compare to those highly successful players, violinst who are less famous for their performances have played less than two hours a day, making the gap between the “good” players, impossible to join. They lacked six thousand hours of practices and this was the reason why they did not perform as good as the others were. Sadly, the team of psychologist could not find any direct connective between natural talents and success, which means that they is no shortcuts to achievements.

Sometimes, those gifts may become obstacles to people’s conscious and may be detrimental to the world. Adolf Hitler, German politician, had a remarkable talent in making speech. His speech enticed people in few seconds and people who heard him speaking public have claimed that he was the master of persuasion. During his reign in Nazi Germany, he used his ability for speech to persuade people to kill the “impure bloods,”-the minorities such as the Jews and gypses. German citizens are brainwashed, they were controlled by the silver tongue of Hitler, believing that they are doing was what was ought to be done. Not only that, the recent outbreak of DPRK’s hackers seizing the control of the “SONY PICTURES” website surprised the world. The advancement of the notorious hakcers in North Korea and their bold action against American startled people all over the world. The United States of America decided to take a serious action on the hackers in North Korean along with the communist government. However, it is quite devastating that such a talented technicians are violating the unspoken rules and that imposing dangers to some others. Both Hitler and hackers in North Korea are showing the bad examples of talent usage. If your innate gifts are used to deceive, harm and impose dangers on others, this should not be considered as a talent.

Whether the talent is correctly used or not, some people struggle hard to form their specialities through hours and hours of hard works. Many people in the world spend significant amount of time in perpetual exertions to reach their objectives. The band “the Beatles” and Beethoven best illustrates how constant efforts leading to formation of new talents. As an internationally admired band, no one in the world dare to cast a doubt on the musical talents of “the Beatles.” However, there was no shortcuts for them to the success. In 1960, an unknown high schook band went to Hamburg, Germany to perform in the local clubs. The group was underpaid, the acoustics were terrible and the audience was unappreciative. Some people even made fun of the boys saying that they do not have talents as a singers and musicians. The band members were discouraged and the answer to those mean criticisms was to repay the audience with the excellent, flawless performances. From that day, “the Beatles” practiced eight hours of day, seven nights in a week. Their hard work seems to be fruitful as the people paid attention to them and finally the band rised in international scene. “the Beatles” had performed in one thousand two hundred concerts and no other major bands have broken the record. The fours boys, with insignificant abilities and normal interests in music became a worldwide-known musicians with talents that no one can deny, through drops of sweats on their forehead. Another illustration would be Ludwig Van Beethoven, a German composer and pianist who composed 32 piano sonatas, who had diasbilities. In 1800, his hearing began to deteriorate, and during the last decade of his life, he was almost deaf. Even though he was losing his ability to hear, which was most important factor of the musician, Beethoven did not give up composing. He resigned from conducting or performing in front of public, however, he continued to path on composing beautiful tunes. In order to listen to his new songs by heart, he used means of “Conversation books” to communicate the feelings with the listeners. According to his students, there are more than four hundred conversation books that Beethoven left before he passed away.

Disregarding the examples and prior examples for the hard workers, some people still argue that talent is everything and if people have gotten the talent, nothing else matters. However, talent is a gift of minorities. Albert Einstein, one of the most successful and famous physicists in the world, said, “Genius is made out of 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Indeed, Einstein was a highly talented man however, he himself emphasized the importance of hard works and pointed about the fact that by only drinking the bitterness from the cup of hard works, you may reach the heaven called “Success.” In addition, if people do not spend their time on sharpening and sculpturing the original ability that they were given, the talent would not be as shining as it should be. Accoridng to the psychologist John Hayes, almost all of the seventy-six classical composers produced their greatest music after composing for at least ten years. No body is instant masters at a field. They spend thousands and thousands of hours to practice in order to be good at something.

“When we do the best we can, we don’t known what miracle is wrought in our life or in others life” said Hellen Keller who is well-known American author, politilcal activist and lecturer. Talent does not mean that a person would be perfect at everything without any efforts displayed. Famous and successful people in the world have worked hard to achieve the success they had. Practices are needed even though you are the most talented person in history. Not only that, talent is a gift that can be made with constant hard works. This surely applies to all young people who are discouraged at the impediments in achieving their dreams. Instead of being dispirited at the fact that they cannot pursue certain goals due to wants of innate skills, students who are eager enough, or desperate enough to do something, will eventually try hard to obtain their objectives.

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