Choices and Habits Make You Gifted and Talented

February 24, 2013

are-we-born-this-wayI could not resist re-blogging this recent post from the talented Seth Godin:

Actually, it goes the other way

Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact…

It turns out that choices lead to habits.

Habits become talents.

Talents are labeled gifts.

You’re not born this way, you get this way.

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Trevor Nagle
March 4, 2013 8:31 pm

Brilliant! Thanks for reposting this, Renata! Godin is exceptional in his ability to simplify ideas down to their purest form and articulate them in a manner that is both effective and provocative.

Ellen Finkelstein
March 5, 2013 10:12 pm

I agree that Seth is always interesting and provocative. But, I also think that sometimes gifted people think everyone can do what they’ve done and that can lead to frustration. I’d say, don’t accept limitations and try to develop talents, but also find out your innate abilities and likes and let those guide you. I’m working on a series of posts on this topic. The one on skill is at What do you think?


I am reminded of Zig Ziglar’s quote: Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude, which I understand Seth adored.

Cathy Severson
March 11, 2013 9:13 am

As a career counselor, I absolutely believe that each of us has innate abilities that I refer to as gifts and talents. Most of those have to be developed to be ‘marketable.’ I am by nature not very organized. To be successful at owning a business, I have had to developed habits of organization. Has it become a talent? I don’t know about that, but certainly enough to function, so I can use my other talents.


I like especially your last sentence -“so I can use my other talents”. Well said.


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