Talent is visible, skills are invisible

Too often we misattribute skill and practice to talent and giftedness. From hitting a fastball at 90 mph to recording 90 episodes of a podcast, we chalk it up to talent, thinking we could never do the same.

“If only I were that talented.”

“If only I had been born with those gifts.”

“They just get up there and do it and its easy because they’re talented and I’m not so I guess I’ll never try.”

Convenient excuses for people conditioned to worship talent.

But we can learn to see things differently. We can learn to see skills, practice, experience.

When you watch somebody hit a fastball at 90 mph and you think, “I wonder how much practice it took them to be able to do that,” that’s when you’ve learned to see the invisible.

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