Let’s Talk By Akindoyin Aanuoluwapo
Are Talents Born or Made?
Talents some say are born; some others say they are made.
When I sat down and reasoned these two, I saw the fact that the duo is right. Talent can be born and it can be made: A born talent left untapped, untrained, unattended to, unmanned and unravel will rot and rust away whereas someone that taps into a potential, trains it, attend to it, man it and ravel it will excel in that field. Consistent practice, monitoring, polishing, and training can enhance and magnify such potentials.
One who depends on talents without tapping into is like having a fertile field that nothing is planted there, but someone born without a talent but has decided to tap into a skill is like a man that doesn’t have land but desires to plant, and when he acquires a fertile land and then plants there.
Nature versus nurture has been a very controversial and popular subject of debates nowadays. People believe that particular individuals possess a specific and unique DNA that would mold them to become “somebody” in the future.
It is doubtless that some great artists, politicians and other personalities come from families who have the same skills they possess. This is why it is believed that talents are innate to some people. On the other hand, some are against this. Many also stick to the fact that each individual is born equally.
Each by whom to be shaped and raised to acquire the skills and talents they will share to the world as they grow up.
Each of us is born with a multitude of gifts. Some just don’t realize it. From the very first day of our existence, we are bound to do something great. However, we need to be nurtured in order for us to reach our full potential.
Like a seed, we need to be watered and taken care of in order to grow to become a fruitful plant. We may have talents, but it is essential that we and the people around us must recognize it.
Being born to parents who will shape us as well as living in a particular environment will predispose one to focus on certain activities. One should be taught to be able to enhance his own potentials.
Some people whom we label as “talented” have been privileged enough to get these opportunities while growing up, that is why their skills are prominent than the others. If one is able to concentrate and give a full dedication in his strengths, chances are, it would make him one of the greatest in the future.
Of course, talent is useless without hard work. Some of the greatest scientists and athletes of all time spend sleepless nights just to reach their goals. Talent takes effort and determination. Sports athletes and musicians don’t earn a lot of money by merely playing and performing.
There are too much behind what we see in our television sets or what we read in newspapers. I have seen and read a few autobiographies of famous people and each one had a common denominator: Perseverance. They were blessed to have developed talents starting from their childhood years so as they grew up, they put more effort into it not only because of the desire to become famous but also the desire to inspire people.
the bible in Matthew 25:14-28.V 14-15. For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several abilities; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise, he that had received two, he also gained other two.V 18-19. But he that had received one went and dug in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
V 20-21. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
V 24-25. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
V26-28. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
This signifies that God our father created everyone with one talent or the other according to their several abilities. But leaving the talent idle will never make it productive and our creator will never be happy with us in that case, God doesn’t give to someone what his capability can’t carry, He only gives accordingly.
I strongly believe that nature and nurture go hand in hand. Without the other, it wouldn’t work. If we see our child who has potentials, it is indeed our responsibility to raise them in such a way that they would become better individuals in the future that would make us proud of.