Dear Talented Person
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Dear Talented Person

Dear Talented Person,

We’ve heard of your skills, how you are able to whip out that savvy ingenuity when it comes to that part you are gifted in. How you make the pen dance to your tune, the computers respond to your magical fingers, the seemingly hard tasks submit to the awesomeness of your brain. Yes, we have heard of it all.

But do you know what else we heard?

You think you are the deal now, and you are surprised everyone does not acknowledge that or believe it. Well guess what? They are not your family members and it is not their job to believe in you. It is their job to believe when they are sure you have what you claim you have.

Please do not think this is a motivational letter. If you know that you can’t handle some simple truths, kindly close this letter.

If you are still here, I believe you want to hear some more truths. Dear Talented Person, do you know that they can pass you up for someone less talented and smart as you? It happens. Meanwhile, the fault is not with you. Some people simply have problems with believing unparalleled intelligence when they see it. So, they aim lower and stick to the status quo.

But then, what are you going to do about it? Will you stick around till they come to their senses and unfortunately, find someone more talented than you are? If you believe you are talented, take your talent to where it will be appreciated.

Okay pause.

Wait a minute.

The problem now is not that people don’t believe you don’t have talent, but not everyone believes, and you weigh their criticism, even though constructive, and suddenly begin to realize that maybe you are not as talented as you think you are.

Constructive criticism can be wrong. But unfortunately, you don’t realize that. You are too obsessed with what everyone has to say about your talent and not the fact that if you’ve done it once, twice, and more than three times, and it is genius and genuine, then it is not a coincidence. That’s what talent is. But of course, you gotta wait for people, right?

I don’t know if you know, but Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because his Editor said, he “lacked good imagination and had no good ideas”. Now, that man with “no good ideas” has a company with a market cap of about $238.9 billion. (Investopedia)

I don’t think we’ve heard of Walt Disney’s editor from Kansas City star. Or wait, have you?

I am certainly not going to talk about the fact that even with your talent, you are probably going to wait for some time before you are discovered. Meanwhile, my dear talented person, it is not a period of waiting. It is a period of preparation. Once talent booms, expectancy from people about talent goes from 10 to 110. And during this period, trust me, you will not have time to prepare like you will when you had all the time to yourself.

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So why don’t you start sharpening your already good skills so it’ll be ready for the world to be obsessed with it? It might be innate, but talent is something that needs to be fed, so it’ll have healthy bones, a fresh skin, rotund cheeks and a happy countenance. Forgive the human Imagery.

Oh, one more thing. Can you please stop with that thinking that because you are so good in what you do, there is actually no one who can do it better than you. You are wrong baby. That thought is crippling and not only will it bring self-doubts to you, you will start projecting your doubts on other people who are “fortunate” to be around you.

Accept that you are good in what you do, but there is absolutely someone who can do it way better than you. Appreciate talent when you see it even if the person is your subordinate. It’s actually some cool stuff.

P.S: Oops, I just realized this might have been a motivational letter.

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Olayiide Bolaji is a writer at The Scoove Africa whose interests span in music and movies. He is also a freelance A&R personel.

8 thoughts on “Dear Talented Person”

  1. Lovely write-up. The unintended motivational piece becomes motivational to any aspiring and talented person. Keep it up!

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