Passion and Talent

While reading the book Supernatural, I spare some time to read a book recommending by my ex-colleague – “Chasing Daylight” by Eugene O’Kelly. This book is about what one shall do before too late. I cannot tell whether it is a good book yet as I am only half way through it. However in the earlier part of the book, there are a few paragraphs that put me in deep thought.

One day when I was 14, my mother, who for years had witnessed my passion for the sport, told me it was important to distinguish that from talent.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“You may have the passion to be a great baseball player,” she said, “but not the talent.”
… She wanted me to hold onto my passion while also following a path where my talent could flower.

The whole idea struck me … I may have the passion to build the greatest web site or the best book cafe in the world; but what if I don’t have the talent to do it ?

Shall I drop the idea ? Or keep pursuing it ? Is there anything on earth that I have passion with and I have the talent to realize it ?

Author: Michael Yung

Michael possessed over 30 years of experience in Information Technology with focuses on complex application development, database technologies and IT strategy. He also spent the last 20 years in Internet technology, eCommerce development / operations, web usability, computer security and Public Key Infrastructure technologies.

2 thoughts on “Passion and Talent”

  1. I understand that I am no position to give any kind of advices. It may be inspiring to share with you point of views from one of my 2007 role models:

    Randy Pausch
    – His childhood dream: NFL, Disney imagineer…etc
    – Sometimes he never made it (like NFL since he does not have the talent), but football got him where he is today
    – “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted”
    – Brick walls are there for a reason: They let us know how badly we want things. They will stop people who don’t want thing so badly…. (i.e. The OTHER PEOPLE)


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