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 ?
2 thoughts on “Passion and Talent”
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:
– 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)
Thanks Ed. Actually a better video link shall be:
That video includes the professor’s slide as well.