Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Is Talent Inherent Or Developed?
Before I get into it, I want to thank Jaycee for the amazing work she did on my brand spanking new blogheader! Isn't it great? It was one of the prizes for winning the Oh My Hero Blogfest and I couldn't be happier.
Yesterday me and some friends were playing Tera Online and kept bickering back and forth about my best mate Cory's inability to sing. We were busy killing stuff and he was singing his heart out on the guitar behind us--terribly, I might add. We've told him many times before he CANNOT sing but he insists he will get better with practice. So another of my friends told him that singing is a talent you have to be born with, and it got me thinking...Is this true?
In my case, I was always good at writing and drawing. I used to mess up my mom's walls with stories and characters I drew using Crayola. I was particularly fond of angels (still am) and it showed. Another testament to my inherent aptitude was my gravitation to all things writing. In High School, I chose English, Literature, Economics, Art and Business as my classes. I hated Math, but did it 'cause it was compulsory. I've won awards for my Essay writing skills and even chose a profession that required me to write.
I know many people say that no one is born a good writer - they are made so - but I dunno. There are some people who understand the craft better than others right off the bat. If you watch or read a singer, dancer, writer or artist's interview, many of them will express their proficiency in the craft at a very early age.
So I want to know what you think: Are we born talented or do we develop it?