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Talent or hard work? Finding out what is more important for your career
Talent or hard work? Finding out what is more important for your career

Should we be jealous of gifted people, or are there more chances of success for those who know how to work hard? We'll find out now.

Talent or hard work? Finding out what is more important for your career

Talent = giftedness

According to Ozhegov's dictionary, talent is "outstanding innate qualities, special abilities." Undoubtedly, Kutuzov was talented in tactics and strategy, Lermontov in literature, Picasso in painting. But one natural gift was clearly not enough. You can have perfect pitch, but not become Mozart. Talent is not just giftedness, it is the ability to competently dispose and manage what is given to you. In the biblical parable, three slaves received one talent from their master. The first one buried the gift in the ground, the second exchanged it, and the third multiplied it - under equal conditions, different people came to opposite results.

Each of us from birth has the potential to achieve success in any field of activity. Yes, yes, and even physical parameters have nothing to do with it: one of the outstanding NBA players Tyrone Boggs is only 160 cm tall.But the conditions of growing up, the influence of parents and the environment, the values ​​of the cultural environment lead to the fact that one becomes a translator, and the other - pilot. The choice of profession is also very relatively related to ability. And many people simply do not believe that they have talent.

The problem is that we interpret this concept too broadly, and it is ultra-specific: that is, you have the ability not for dancing, cooking or photography, but for tango or baking muffins. To find them, you do not have to give up if something does not work out, and be afraid to try new things. Think about what you are doing, whether it brings pleasure. Hidden talent is something that you do not notice in yourself.

Yuri Virovets, President of HeadHunter:

“Talent is not enough to become a professional. But he can become a decisive factor when hiring a young specialist who has just graduated from the university. Unfortunately, often the more gifted a person is, the less zealous and more arrogant he is. I know a very talented musician, he has a hard time getting along with people, because of this he did not manage to get accustomed to any successful band. If not for his isolation, he would certainly have become one of the best in Russia. That is, without communication skills, there is little chance of realizing the talent in full. In addition, a person must really want to learn and strive for self-improvement."

Talent = Pro

The HR industry “talent management” is dedicated to motivating and promoting gifted employees, which often include … the entire staff! “All organizations have a focus on development and innovation,” writes HR director Ilana Meskin in the book War for Talent. - To do this, you need to invest in strong employees - those who show the ability to learn, and those who demonstrate a willingness and desire to grow. They are the ones who will best reward the company for its efforts. At the same time, I hope that not only superstars, but also employees involved in necessary but routine activities will be actively developed and motivated."

Consequently, everyone in the team has a unique set of knowledge and competencies that a competent manager must identify and use these talents for the good of the company. According to statistics, only 3-5% of specialists can be attributed not even to masters of their craft, but to average professionals. And in teams dealing with large projects, the creative core is at most a few people. Hence the high value of gifted employees. This is where the "war for talent" emerges, involving companies competing for "ideal" employees. How do you get among them?

Personnel officers appreciate non-standard thinking and understanding of topical problems in a particular field of activity.School and institute most often provide a set of ready-made knowledge, forming stereotyped thinking. Learn to master information, broaden your horizons! One of the leading consulting firms has an up or out law: either you develop and grow, or you get out of the struggle. Take this into service, and you yourself will not notice how you reach career heights. Talent begins with faith in yourself, with the desire to gain recognition and fame, but, of course, within reasonable limits.

Alexey Zakharov, President of the recruiting portal

“Talent is undoubtedly important, but when hiring it is not determined (except in creative professions, when the applicant can show a portfolio). In any case, motivation for a specific position plays a much larger role. Recruiters and supervisors assess how well the candidate meets the requirements. Each company has its own evaluation criteria. And the strengths of an employee are revealed after the start of real work, and here the boss's task is to discern this talent and provide conditions for development."

Talent = experience

American scientists have found that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve a level of skill commensurate with being a world-class expert. The subjects of research were composers, athletes, writers, pianists, chess players, even criminals. 10,000 hours is equivalent to about three hours of class a day or twenty hours a week for ten years. The Beatles played eight hours seven days a week for seven years before becoming rock stars. Bill Gates has been programming all night long and has worked over 10,000 hours after six years of active practice. A key factor in talent is the ability to work until the line between natural talent and practiced skill is blurred. But 10,000 hours is an incredibly long time. Sometimes there is neither time nor opportunity for this. Experts are sure that for the sake of success, you will have to give up many pleasures. But then you will be able to look down on your peers who walked around the clubs. But hard work alone is not enough. Talent is the result of an interweaving of ability, practice and … chance. Don't underestimate him. Steve Jobs grew up in a poor family and did not go to Harvard. But he did attend evening meetings of Hewlett-Packard specialists, where he elicited a wealth of information from the engineers. There he found out the phone number of the founder of the company, did not hesitate to call him and asked for a job for the summer. It's like if you were an aspiring designer and got to practice with Lagerfeld.

Alena Vladimirskaya, head of the PRUFFI hunting agency:

“Super-gifted children (if we exclude areas such as drawing, playing the violin, etc.) from an early age are not accustomed to monotonous work, to work every day. And this desire and skill is more important than pure talent. We were looking for a designer for a great company. There are only two candidates left: a brilliant boy and a girl, good, but not a star. They were both taken, but on different salaries. A year later, the boy no longer worked, and the girl grew up to be an art director. She was very offended by the lower salary, began to work hard and "made" her competitor. So talent can only be revealed by the results of labor."

P.S. Summarize. Talent is something ephemeral and subjective. The result of hard work is indicative and undeniable. And do not cry that no one appreciates your abilities. Feel free to get down to business, do not be afraid to try and believe in yourself. Success will come.

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