Have you got a talent? Perhaps the question should be – do you want a talent? Believe me, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Don’t let misconceptions about how people develop talents stand in the way of you achieving your dreams.
Many people say, ‘wow, that person is talented’. Like it’s some kind of innate ability they were born with. Some people have it, and others don’t.
The same people say ‘I don’t have any talents – I’m completely talentless’. They genuinely believe that they were born different to people who display talents. Well that’s nonsense.
People aren’t born being able to play the guitar, or sing, or draw, or dance. When you were born you couldn’t even hold up your head. These behaviours are learned. What people don’t see about talented people is the sheer amount of work that goes into developing their skills.
If you want to develop a talent, it simply takes practise and education to develop your skills. Stick at it long enough and one day people will be talking about you as a talented person.
Believe you can have a talent. Or at least, admit that if you don’t have one it’s down to your own choice not to develop your skills in any particular direction. If your talents lay at work, ask yourself ‘is this where I want to invest all my personal development?’
So how much time do I have to invest if I want to learn to partner dance?
As an example, if you’d love to learn to partner dance, and feel confident in the many social situations where dancing takes place, then the return on your time is actually very good for the amount of time you put in.
If you made it through our 12 week beginner syllabus, throwing yourself into each class and practice session. That’s about 48 hours. The result? Try dancing with a partner at a wedding or on a night out – I guarantee you’ll get people stopping to watch or even clapping your efforts.
Sound too good to be true? Well the standard of partner dancing in the UK, on the whole, is pretty low. You don’t have to get very far into your journey for people to be impressed. It’s just not a big part of popular culture anymore, which is a shame and something we’re trying to change.
What about true mastery? I’m not sure where the idea gained popularity, but many people agree that 10,000 hours of careful study and development is a useful benchmark for gaining mastery of any skill or subject.
I’m not sure of the science behind this one, but it’s a useful rule of thumb. I think due to environmental factors some people develop faster than others – but they’re not always the ones who will get the furthest because the most important quality is discipline and determination.
So whether you’d like to learn to draw, dance, sing, play an instrument, become a programmer or a myriad of other things – stop pretending it’s not a choice and believe you can have a talent.