Many people’s favorite excuse not to try: lack of talent. The first example that comes to mind for me is playing an instrument. It doesn’t matter if you have no musical talent. Chances are, you were born like everybody else. Dumb, illiterate, needy, and whiny. I don’t know anybody who was born singing.
Don’t know how to get started? Pick something you like. Dig the way a bass guitar sounds? Go buy one. Play it.
Look up someone playing bass on YouTube and copy them. Google can teach you how to do anything YouTube can’t.
Learn how to read tab. Teach yourself. Just do it now.
Remove the word “talent” from your vocabulary.
Go. Do. It.
I started playing guitar in 2008. I’ve never had any musical talent, and I was going to teach myself to play anyway. I went out and bought a guitar with a tube sock full of quarters I’d saved over the course of six months. You don’t need a three-thousand-dollar guitar to learn to play.
I got home from work at 2AM and followed the recipe above for five hours every night until I could play guitar because that’s what I wanted to do. If that’s what I wanted to do now, I’d still be playing guitar five hours a night.
I couldn’t play a full song until 28 weeks later. I made horrible sounds for nine hundred and eighty hours. My fingers hurt like all hell for nine hundred and eighty hours. I caught shit from anyone who came within earshot for nine hundred and eighty hours.
Fast forward to today and none of that matters. I put in the time to learn that first song and I can now pick up a guitar and learn to play any song I want to. Every time somebody’s heard me play they say things like “Oh, I didn’t know you were so talented.” “Oh, I wish I could learn to play guitar but I’ve got no talent.” Talent is absolutely not needed. I couldn’t even tune my guitar by ear until a year ago but I can play better than somebody that’s been playing twice as long with half the consistency because I put in the work.
That’s how success works. Persistence over talent. Want to learn a skill? Build a body? Get lean? Get rich?
Persistence over talent.
Nobody’s born skilled, huge, ripped, and loaded. They kept at it until they got that way. They didn’t quit.
What’s stopping you?