Why Skills are Better than Talent

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Is it better to have skills or talent?  No, they aren’t the same thing but if you had to choose one, you should choose skills.

It’s love watching the Olympics. It’s incredible to see people push the boundaries of physical human potential and set new records. I love to watch live music performances and marvel at how easily some can sing and play an instrument at the same time.

Natural born Talent or Skills? Well, sometimes it’s both (which is best) but usually, it’s all skill gained by hard, hard work.


“Talent you have naturally, but skill is developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft.” – Will Smith


Skills vs Talent

No doubt, many of us are born with natural abilities and aptitudes. But why should we limit ourselves to those talents and strengths we were born with?  If I have a knack for painting but want to be accomplish my goal of being the #1 sales associate in my company, it will require a different set of skills.  If I want to start my own web design company, it will require certain technical skill and ability.  But if I don’t have these skills now, does that mean I’m out of luck?

The good news: Skills are learned and developed and there is literally no limit to the types of skills or the number of skills we can choose to attain. This can be tailored to support that goal you’re aiming for. Some skills are simple and easy and are really just technique and know-how.  Other skills take longer and are harder to learn but will result in greater finesse, artistry & expertise.


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Success Requires Skill

Any goal you aim for will require some sort of skill or technique. The sooner you can identify what those are and how to attain them, the sooner you will begin to see results.

Greatness and Success are the RESULTS of a lot of little things done well, day in and day out. Too many people choose to focus on the big prize of success when they should instead be focused on developing the SKILLS it will require to reach that level of success.

Desire is good, passion and hard work are great, but skill will take you over the top!

The problem is, wanting a skill doesn’t sound as sexy and we all know it actually translates into timeeffort and commitment.  Start a routine that will force you to regularly work on developing skill and through your practice, understanding and experience you will enter into the ranks of a Master.




How to Master a New Skill

  1. List 5 key skills that you would need to reach your goal or take your results to the next level.
  2. Narrow the list down to the top priority skill.  Which one skill, if mastered over the next few months, would have drastic impact on your results?
  3. Research this top skill and learn everything you can about it.  Study those who have this skill, watch videos, listen to audio and learn as much as you can about how to master this skill.
  4. Take action!  Grind, get to work, do something to start practicing and mastering your top skill.
  5. Stay focused and motivated.  Anytime you learn something new, you face fear, uncertainty, discomfort, pain, and maybe a little failure.  When the going gets tough, remind yourself why it’s important that you master this skill and stay committed to reaching your goal.


“You don’t have to be great to get started,

but you have to get started to be great.”  

– Les Brown


SHARK Belief your life, start with SKILLS!


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