In chapter one of Money Ball, Michael Lewis talks about how Billy Beane’s talent lead to his failure as a baseball player. I don’t consider myself a very talented person, but it has affected my skill level. Now if you know me, you know I’m average in all my pursuits. But i do have talent, and it lies in my ability to go from beginner to average in a short amount of time. But just like Billy Beane, this may be a curse.
At the start of learning something new, my curiosity quickly helps me flow through the basics. I learn too fast, I would think. Soon, the learning momentum slows, but my thoughts do not. My desire to gain complicated techniques overcomes my discipline to master the basics. I expect what I’m learning to be just as easy as when I first start, but my expectations are too high.
Then comes the draw of learning another skill. I yearn to enjoy the rush of quick improvement again, to feel out the nuances of a different skill. All this simplifies to my lack of patience. From this, I create a ceiling of mediocrity, unable to be significant. Talent has held me back. Without acknowledging that I’m not as talented as I think I am and putting in the practice, I will always stay average.
Has talent ever held you back?