Talent: Real or Illusion [2]

The truth…

Adults who could not and still cannot commit to anything, who have failed to dedicate themselves to stick to something, anything, through the rough times, through the challenging times, adults who because they couldn’t motivate themselves to pursue their goals with abandon… become sports commentators who spend their lives trying to convince the world (but mostly themselves) that no one, especially and most definitely no 6, 7 or 8 year old could develop laser-like focus to start and to stick with a sport (or a performing art, or an instrument) and train hours and hours and hours, month after month, year after year to end up at the Olympics, Worlds, at international level competition.

To validate their failure, these adults diminish and disrespect the work that these athletes (and the sacrifices and equal commitment that their parents put in) by spewing bullshit that the athletes we admire were “born that way”, are “naturally gifted/talented”… that at birth by magic wand they were bestowed with uncanny athletic ability.

The alternative is unsavory, unpalatable, unacceptable… accepting that these athletes succeeded where these adults failed. Those athletes, those children could not have persevered, they could not have possibly stuck through the rough and challenging times… they could not have. Rationalized as: since I didn’t, then no one else could possibly.

Or could they?

Or did they?

Guess what…

They could.

They did.

Sorry to burst the bubble but Lady Gaga was wrong… they weren’t “born that way”.

That you as an adult still fail to have the guts and courage to honestly self assess, to truly look into the mirror and appreciate that you too are capable of more, but… you gave up, you still give up, you quit, you refuse to believe long enough to stick long enough to see the fruits of your labour.

This post is not for those adults because they will dismiss that there ever was an alternative to quitting, just as they have for decades.

This post is for all those dreamers, children who are dreaming about representing their country, children who dream of walking into an Olympic stadium, children who dream of excelling at a sport to the point that they are able to stand on a podium… your potential is not determined at birth by magic wand, by hocus-pocus, the heights you can climb are not a result of natural talent… its determined by the consistency and mindfulness of the work you put in hour after hour, month after month, year after year.

A note to all adults…

Just because you cannot motivate yourself to go to the gym, just because you are an adult and believe that somehow are superior to youth… let it be known… there are children up at 5am and 6am going to the gym to train for 1-2 hrs before school, and then after school return to the gym to train for another 1-2hrs before its home for dinner, homework and bed. There are children who are literally kicking your ass at life (even if they don’t drive a Benz or B-Mrrr… yet).

It is blatant disrespect to diminish their effort as “born that way”. Let’s see you wake up at 4:30am to be in the gym, on the field, the track, the pool by 5am and put in consistent training for YEARS and see how you like having your dedication dumbed down to “talented from birth”.

Just because you flop on the couch at the end of the day and stuff yourself with crap and drink yourself stupid… doesn’t mean that the rest of the world lives that way, believes that that is all there is to life.

I’m tired of hearing and watching adults stomp, kick, and browbeat dreams and goals out of children. If you are one of those adults… wake up… and consider what you are saying and who may be hearing it, who may be listening and watching you. If you are one of those adults… consider if you were one of those athletes who dedicated a lifetime to a singular focus, how would you feel having your life diminished to getting lucky, to being privilege, to hocus-pocus.