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    Default Can you be the best at something without talent?

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    I think we must first determine if one can in fact be the best at something at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    I think we must first determine if one can in fact be the best at something at all.
    I liked Seth Godin's definition of best. Best in the world. Best as in: best for them, right now, based on what they believe and what they know. And in the world as in: their world, the world they have access to.

    A workable definition of best I reckon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    I liked Seth Godin's definition of best. Best in the world. Best as in: best for them, right now, based on what they believe and what they know. And in the world as in: their world, the world they have access to.

    A workable definition of best I reckon.
    Makes sense.

    Under this context I say sure, it's possible to be the best at something.

    Now we need to figure out what talent is. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    Makes sense.

    Under this context I say sure, it's possible to be the best at something.

    Now we need to figure out what talent is. :P
    Talent is something discovered through work. The best idea I read on revealing hidden talent was in looking at what you like to do. What you like to do from a function sense. Function as in what you do, not the context in which you do it.

    Actually, that is two ideas I combined into one in my head. Now that I think about it. The first idea is from, Now Discover your talents and the other is from Pathfinder.

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    Hmm so yes, I think it is possible to be the best at something without talent. For a given time and a given place.

    I wouldn't expect it to remain, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    Hmm so yes, I think it is possible to be the best at something without talent. For a given time and a given place.

    I wouldn't expect it to remain, though.
    That is the funny thing with words like talent, success, creative. They sound like a state but are actually in a state of flux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    Hmm so yes, I think it is possible to be the best at something without talent. For a given time and a given place.

    I wouldn't expect it to remain, though.
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    I don't believe in any bullshit about "talent," whatever that means. Being the best at anything is about willpower.
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    Standards for what's considered ''best'' are always apt to evolve, so that standard will only be met for a short period of time, unless the person evolves along with said standards.

    Talent, I'm guessing refers to people for whom certain skills come to them relatively easily, initially. So sure, there's sort of an idea of talent there, but one must have drive and focus in order to do something great with it. If one's looking speficially to meet or exceed current standards, rarely does 'inherent' talent cut it, alone. In fact, I've seen talented people become lazy and complacent, and eventually whatever skills they have are kind of lost. Others who looked up to them in the past and pushed themselves, constantly, ended up exceeding the works of those who inspired them.
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