Most people, how to squander their own talent

An effort, in the end is not a talent

To see how talented play, we must first figure out what is talent. More than 80% of the people, the basic understanding of talent are wrong, at least the following three errors:

1, that talent is the ability: but in fact, talent is only potential

When we say talent, we often think of Mozart. When he was 14 years old, in the church to listen to a song after the concert, you can remember it all by memory, this song is about two minutes, and there are several parts.

Is this completely born? not completely. At the age of six, he had completed the 3500 hours of practice, and under his father’s guidance.

His father is a musician, also published “violin playing law”, he gave up the work of the court musicians, all the energy used in Mozart who.

But how can we reach Mozart’s genius if we do so for a long time? Probably not.

So, the so-called talent, refers to some kind of natural characteristics, so that a person can in the same starting point, more than the average person to grow faster.

In other words, in a field of high talent and people in the field of ordinary people, their efforts and the relationship between the level, similar to the following two solid lines.

But most of us, often think that talent = ability, that talent is the dashed line, that as long as there is talent, then no effort can be achieved results.

In fact, talent represents only a potential, whether it can be transformed into capacity, it is necessary to deliberately practice the day after tomorrow.

“Heterogeneous”, “ten thousand hours of genius theory” and other books, has long revealed the psychologist on the “master is how to make” the results of the study, that is, talent is the need to develop the day after tomorrow, is the so-called “deliberate practice” Deliberate practice).

Therefore, the talent after deliberately practice, can be transformed into capacity.

2, talent not work hard to fill: But in fact, efforts are also a talent

Talent includes all the natural features that can help a person grow faster. And a person to be able to grow faster, in fact, need two elements, one ability of talent, can also be called the potential; the second is the willingness of the talent.

When we talk about talent, often only said in front of a factor, while ignoring the elements behind.

For example, if a person is born more empathy, he can of course communicate better with others, but if his character does not like to communicate with people, there is no power to develop their own communication skills, then it is also possible Not grow faster than the average person. So, a large part of the will is also a talent.

From this point of view, “effort is also a talent” this sentence has its rationality. Because, efforts to represent a will, behind by the character, motivation, values ​​and so on to decide, and these are born characteristics.

So, talent includes both talent and talent.

This may be a bit of a desperate discovery. But does that mean that we give up on it? On the contrary, we should correctly apply the talent to the appropriate field, only to make the possibility of things.

3, talent is far away from the average person: but in fact, everyone has a talent

Why do you say that everyone has a talent?

From the willingness of talent, everyone has their own character, motivation and values, of course, have their own unique talent.

From the ability of talent, this sentence is also established. why? Because each of us in different areas of the potential is different, I may be more interpersonal sensitivity, you may be more data sensitivity, he may be more good at music sense.

We may not have the same musical talent as Mozart, nor the high IQ like Einstein. However, we ignore the concept of relative talent.

In other words, compared with your own, you are more than the B side of the potential, then you spend the same time, in the A side is much faster than the growth of B, if you choose a use of A talent Of the field, you will play a multiplier effect.

From this point of view, each of us have talent, but also need to use talent.

Two days to the results between the number of fork in the road?

To know how to play the talent to achieve the final results, we need to first look at the relationship between talent and the results, how is a relationship, I use the tree to be a decomposition.

First of all, the results of things depends on two aspects, one internal factors, that is, what you do, the second is the external factors, that is, your luck and so on.

Put aside the luck, the opportunity is difficult to control such elements, we look at the internal factors, that is, your behavior. What does behavior depend on?

A person’s behavior depends on three elements: knowledge, ability, and hope. In other words, when you know what the current position / role should do, but also have the ability to be made, but also have the desire to do, so good behavior took place.

For example, you are the product manager of the company, you correctly recognize the product manager should do, and have the ability to complete, but also very willing to do that behavior is good, but as to whether made, Also depends on some external elements.

Role recognition in this regard, the talent can not afford the main role, so this line for the time being not broken down.

Ability and willingness to have a great relationship with talent, so continue to break down. Here, I will be able to and will be divided into congenital and acquired parts.

In other words, the ability depends on the innate ability of talent and the day after tomorrow deliberately practice. And will, but also depends on the inherent will of talent and the acquired environment and experience.

On the ability depends on the talent and deliberate practice, we have said in the previous article, here talking about the congenital and acquired factors.

For example, your nature is like to learn new things, but the surrounding environment is not encouraged, we are also no progress, then your learning will be reduced. So, the will is a congenital and acquired factors.

In addition, on the deliberate practice, I will continue to subdivide it, as a practice method and practice enthusiasm.

The method is to say that you know how to practice deliberately. And enthusiasm is that you are passionate about deliberate practice, because deliberate practice is a difficult thing, is a constant action, error, feedback, adjustment process. If there is not enough enthusiasm, we are also very difficult to continue.

Three people, are in the squandering of their own talent

So, we now know how the talent works on the results, the process will be what the fork in the road. But from my point of view, most people are in this role in the process, squandered out of their talent.

Squandered way 1: with the wrong place

Talent used in different areas, the effect is not the same, we use the following matrix view.

Dimension is the difference of talent, that is, within this field, talent and talent low talent, the results are much different.

For example, your talent is strong data sensitivity, if used in the field of data statistics, the difference will not be great, because a data sensitivity is not strong, do the data statistics of this work, and not more than you How much time is spent.

However, if used in the field of advice, as an analyst, then the talent of the difference will be great, the data sensitivity of weak people, really will spend a lot more time than you, to achieve the same level as you.

Often overlooked is dimension two, the decisiveness of talent. In some areas, although the difference in talent is obvious, but the decisiveness of talent is not strong.

For example, the data sensitive people, in the field of consulting, of course, there will be significant differences, however, for the consulting work, the need is a comprehensive quality, such as problem solving, communication, teamwork, planning, etc., even if Another person data sensitivity is not so strong, but if the other obvious advantages, then you may not have a lot of opportunities.

However, if you are sensitive to data in the field of large data analysis, it takes the initiative, because this talent for the success of the field, there is a decisive role.

Thus, in essence, the dimension is whether the talent is a key success factor in the field.

So, the combination of these two dimensions, your talent needs to be used in such areas: first, this field, whether this talent, the results of the larger differences; second, the talent is the key to the field Success factor.

If the wrong place, of course, the role of talent can not fully play out.

Squandered way 2: lacking the right way

These two days not in Shanghai, in the field, just the men’s soccer team these two days also in this hotel. Mentioned soccer, think of the fans often lamented the sentence: China 10 billion people, actually can not find 11 football genius.

However, after the description of the previous, we all know: not find genius, but genius need to deliberately practice.




Why the table tennis is always playing the Chinese people, diving is always the advantage of the Chinese team project? Is the Chinese talented in table tennis and diving? of course not.

In fact, this is the embodiment of the correct training method. These advantages of the project, from the national team to the grassroots level, the coach level is very high. In these projects, are China to export coach abroad.

Ten thousand hours of genius theory, we tend to pay too much attention to “ten thousand hours”, often overlooked this million hours of specific content, that is, “the right deliberate practice method.”

So, can not grasp the correct deliberate practice method, talent is difficult to become capable.

Squandered way 3: lack of enthusiasm to nourish, lack of development power

The process of deliberate practice is hard, according to psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, it is not to repeat what you have mastered, but to challenge the more difficult content.

So, to maintain the enthusiasm of deliberately practice, it is possible for us to carry out this hard work. But where does the enthusiasm come from? Many people think that is a hobby, in fact, hobby is the most distorted concept.

Most people think that hobby is a magical thing that can make you fall in love with a job, tireless, tireless, and finally successful.

In fact, you ask a person’s hobby is what, most will answer music, painting, do craft … … yes, are hobbies.

It seems that few people are naturally hobbies sales, consulting, business and related to the work of these content. But why do a lot of people work and have a greater enthusiasm than their hobbies?

Because, enthusiasm does not come from hobbies. According to the theory of self-determination, enthusiasm comes from the sense of autonomy, competence, sense of belonging.

Competency and sense of belonging We can understand that you can do one thing, of course, will be more enthusiastic, you work together partner or the environment, so you have a sense of belonging, of course, will make you more enthusiastic.

But what I want to say is that many people ignore the sense of autonomy. Do the same job, bear the same responsibility, if you can make your own arrangements for working hours, work, cooperation, you will be more happy, work will be more active and investment.

Of course, for your employer, the stronger your ability, the more scarce the ability, the greater the autonomy it will give you.

In the previous consulting firm to stay for 8 years, many headhunters to my phone, the first sentence asked: to be so many years, why not go to Party? Can be more relaxed, higher income.

Almost the only answer is: sense of autonomy. I can arrange my own working hours, in a certain range to choose the right team members, with their own way to provide advice to customers, these, no matter which party can not provide.

So, if you do not have the enthusiasm, may wish to think about, where is the problem, is the lack of autonomy, a sense of competence or a sense of belonging

By the autonomy, the challenge is too large, the lack of attribution caused by the enthusiasm is not high, but also we play a major obstacle to talent.

Squandered way 4: twisted by secular needs

A few years ago, just when the project, I am somewhat at a loss For example, I do not know how to behave, can become more mature and credible. So, I went to imitate the company’s senior consultants inside.

I watched a female partner I admired, and I found her style very assertive. For example, she is very strong, often because of different views, with the customer quarreled. Another example, into the project a few days, she told customers from top to bottom have established an excellent personal relationship. I began to study her behavior, trying to help themselves through the imitation to enhance.

However, this imitation failed, I really hard to do, because our character, experience and even temperament are very different.

Later, a familiar customer told me: just met, think you talk tone too calm, that is not as passionate as other consultants, but later found that you can always see the problem at once, so you every Speak, we stop talking, erect ears and listen.

Everyone’s talent is different, so self-positioning is bound to be different. Ignore their own talent, and to imitate others, is the lowest cost of effort.

Not only in how to locate themselves in this area, we will blindly imitate, compared with others, a waste of their own talent. In the career choice, as well.

For example, we believe that the financial industry is more tall, so to do the financial, we believe that entrepreneurship is very strict, they go to business. However, never seriously considered, these secular eyes in the bright career path, is suitable for us.

If this is a great breach of our talent and willingness, even if we enter the track of success in the eyes of the secular, we will feel very difficult, and then in the comparison with others, into an anxiety and self-doubt cycle, Will also be in the process, let their talent be wasted.

So, if you can not firmly refused to those secular glory of the pursuit of your talent in the development of the road, from the right track farther and farther.

Squandered way 5: buried by the acquired environment

We have this experience, to some government agencies, the staff like to see the same creditors, negative energy bursting. I once felt very strange: to say because of service awareness, but normal people who are willing to temper all day? To say that is a personal reason, do recruiting time as long as the poor temper?

Later, I gradually found that the work environment is actually the impact. A person around you are so, you do not think there is anything wrong; two daily repetitive work and blowing a variety of repetitive problems, people’s energy is exhausted.

We can often talk with a person after a few words, you can judge his career.

For example, a person who speaks fast, fast logic, you will judge he is a consultant; a chicken full of blood, keen chicken soup, strangers extraordinary enthusiasm of the people, you will judge he is a health care products sales ; A speaking bureaucratic, dressed official, you will judge him is the body of the body … …

These judgments are certainly not entirely correct, but do reflect the characteristics of some people engaged in these occupations. Is such a person choose this kind of job? To the extent that it is not, but the environment in which the job is located has changed these people.

A work that is single and repetitive every day will lead you to take the initiative to think about the decline; a process that is very normative and standard work will lead you to challenge and overcome the loss of the spirit of difficulty; a daily work with the machine will lead you to social The ability to weaken; a do not encourage self-learning, take the initiative to work, will lead you to lose the inner power of efforts

Squandered way 5: buried by the acquired environment

We have this experience, to some government agencies, the staff like to see the same creditors, negative energy bursting. I once felt very strange: to say because of service awareness, but normal people who are willing to temper all day? To say that is a personal reason, do recruiting time as long as the poor temper?

Later, I gradually found that the work environment is actually the impact. A person around you are so, you do not think there is anything wrong; two daily repetitive work and blowing a variety of repetitive problems, people’s energy is exhausted.

We can often talk with a person after a few words, you can judge his career.

For example, a person who speaks fast, fast logic, you will judge he is a consultant; a chicken full of blood, keen chicken soup, strangers extraordinary enthusiasm of the people, you will judge he is a health care products sales ; A speaking bureaucratic, dressed official, you will judge him is the body of the body … …

These judgments are certainly not entirely correct, but do reflect the characteristics of some people engaged in these occupations. Is such a person choose this kind of job? To the extent that it is not, but the environment in which the job is located has changed these people.

A work that is single and repetitive every day will lead you to take the initiative to think about the decline; a process that is very normative and standard work will lead you to challenge and overcome the loss of the spirit of difficulty; a daily work with the machine will lead you to social The ability to weaken; a do not encourage self-learning, take the initiative to work, will lead you to lose the effort of the internal power … …

These are the day after tomorrow the working environment on the impact of a person’s ability.

So, what kind of work environment you choose, but also determines whether your talent can play a full role.

Four Summary: Do not personally buried their own talent

Finally, to sum up, we may wish to use the following points to do a reflection to see how their talent can play a better role:

1, everyone has their own relative talent, ignoring their own talent, meeting less

2, talent, including talent and willingness to talent, so, in summing up and reflect on their own time, to review these two points

3, the ability of talent on behalf of the potential, to be transformed into capacity, but also need to deliberately practice, and deliberately practice is not to repeat the content, but the challenge will not be the content

4, the correct use of talent need to do: 1) to find talent difference between the large and decisive areas, 2) to master the correct deliberate practice methods, 3) to find more autonomy, competence, sense of belonging to the work Maintain enthusiasm, 4) firmly refused to those secular eyes in the pursuit of bright, 5) to avoid the choice of those who are easy to bury the talent of the work