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How to Be Good at Something

February 18, 2016
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Talents are not as innate as some people think. Almost any skill can be learned. It takes an immense amount of interest and practice in order to become a master of something. Some people think it’s mysterious to be able to do something but it’s really not. Talent is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration—I’m paraphrasing Edison. The people who are good at certain things just have a lot of practice.

If you want to be good at something, you have to get off your phone. Whether it’s cooking or singing or writing, you won’t know how to do something unless you start doing them. To be good at something, it starts with actually picking up the tool and actually doing something.

It starts with a hobby—the adult version of playing without worrying about the consequences. Whether it’s writing or singing painting or needlework or anything else, people need to get interested in something before they actually start playing. Keep in mind that things are a lot harder to learn as an adult than when we were children—we no longer practice learning new skills.

Eventually, people learn their skills. If you’re a horrible singer, you’ll become good at it if you keep on practicing and try to learn the technique. It takes time but people learn eventually. Then, people become good at what they do and then they could sell them or give them away if they choose. You have to practice over and over in order to be good at whatever it is you want to learn. It does take time but if you practice that particular skill an hour a day, you’ll become good at whatever it is you’re interested in.

To be good at something, you don’t need to be born with talent for that particular skill. Most people could learn through practice. The more you practice, the more you’ll improve. It’s going to take a few years but eventually, you’ll be good at that particular activity that people would believe you’re born with that skill.

 

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Gifts

February 17, 2016
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By nature, I love arts and crafts. It helps me express my creativity especially since I’m not as good as the other members of my family when it comes to painting. However, I’m gifted with all sorts of needlework. We each have our unique gifts and it’s up to each of us to use it and improve it.

We all have different skills and talents. Sometimes, people are born to be good at painting. Others were born to be better at singing. Then, there were those that are great at acting. Nevertheless, no matter where your gifts are, you could get better if you practice.

I believe that our natural gifts lie on where our interests are and on whether we practice them or not. One of the reasons why I’m not good with painting is because I don’t practice it. The same goes for my ability to take pictures. Plenty of people have said that I’m terrible at it. My boss often wonders why I couldn’t take good photos when I’m an artist with a lot of talents. The only answer I have was because I don’t take a lot of pictures. I’m not going to waste my time trying to find the perfect angle for a particular subject when all I want is to show people the places I’ve been at and the people I’m with. It all depends on the editing—if I actually get around it. And besides, I’m not interested in making things picture perfect. I prefer candid shots over anything else.

On the other hand, I’m good at the other things I prefer to learn. For example, I’m good at singing because I’ve practiced countless hours singing even if I was out of tune growing up. I’m good at hula hoop too—I practiced hundreds of hours trying to keep that round object around my waist. The things that I’m good at, I practiced tirelessly. I didn’t get discouraged doing them as I tried to master each skill.

I’m good at a lot of things because I practice. At first, I tend to be terrible. After more tries, I improve. Since I have the tendency to practice nonstop when I like something, I eventually become good at it. It’s not that I’m multitalented as some people have said. As far as I’m concerned, I start with only the desire to do something. With practice, I soon add it to my bag of talents.

If you’re not good at something but have the desire to do it, don’t despair. Just practice. With dedication, you’ll eventually learn and become good at it. Our gifts are tied to our interests. It’s because we practice the things we’re interested in doing more than those that we’re not.


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