Wednesday 18 March 2020


People are born with various levels of physicality and intellect.
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. People through nature or environment
will have more or less of the ingredients we might call "talent".
Having less isn't a reason to give up before starting.
Having more from the beginning doesn't necessarily guarantee success either.
As a kid, I couldn’t be a great golfer. After hitting any ball further than 100 metres,
I couldn’t find it. Wasted time searching for balls hurt my ability to achieve.
At some point somebody might have noticed a set of glasses would have made
a substantial difference, but a poor start killed my enthusiasm for the game
Accurate senses have a profound effect on your level of success. Accurate
senses & robust physicality eases the transition to learning pretty much anything
This may be recognized as TALENT ADVANTAGE.
An enriched environment of family, school or community where people sing or
play instruments brings in cultural influences of role modelling & ready help that
compounds native knowledge & skill into that well of TALENT.
Some people come from a virtual cultural desert. They must work harder to
equal the basic level of those who have experienced a steady stream of able
people through their lives. 
INTELLIGENCE  has aspects that compound the springboard of TALENT.
A great MEMORY: visual, symbolic, audio & physical,  particularly helps.  
Intelligence is more than memory.
Ability to problem solve, emotional intelligence & communicative skills are aspects that slow down or rocket a
person to success. Intelligence can be nurtured, taught & improved.
A developing talent needs critical reflection.
Imagine we play or sing well, but replaying an audio/video performance highlights areas of strength &
weakness. Having feedback of your performance that doesn’t crush your spirit
helps you rise.
Music and Art  isn't always about complexity. Most of us don’t need a competitive
scorecard to enjoy music. There's joy in knowing that humanities are generally
not just a race for points. Anyone can participate & many succeed by virtue of
the fact that they use their abilities to an individually high level with discipline
to pursue goals.
It’s not just what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it.
Native ability is a starting point yet it isn’t the finish line. Even talented individuals
won’t succeed without practice. Figures like 10,000 hours of practice to mastery
are often quoted for pretty much anything. That’s about 4 hours a day practice
over 7 years. It would certainly get you some skills.

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