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A talent is something we're born with, do you agree or disagree? 

1,339 deviants said I somewhat agree/disagree
589 deviants said I agree
409 deviants said I disagree

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shadowfiredragon7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe that every person is born with certain talents, but that doesn't mean they can't develop new ones in their life
Aitheos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think some people have more of an inclination towards certain talents, but it takes education to refine the 'talent'.
KadenJahusk Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't really answer this question, as the meaning of the word 'talent' differs depending on who you ask.
Heretic-Sage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Obviously some people are just naturally more gifted when doing certain things. While some people, no matter how hard they work on something, may never get past the amateur level. But passion and hard work can easily tip the scales, and help you find your own talent, your own vision of whatever it is you're trying to do.
Vunlinur Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
We're born with it, but we can obviously expand!
billythemule Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I think it's our brain anatomy and chemistry that decides our talents. I don't think this can be changed after you reach full maturity. I believe people are all ''talented'' to some degree. Sometimes it just takes time to find out what you're talented in. A skill that is quick to improve or reaches a very high level tells you that you are talented in that specific field. Of course there are people that are more talented than others and are able hone many skills to a high level. You can see that infants behave very differently from one another even if they haven't learned much already which goes to show how much genetics come into play.
HealingBlight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Skills are developed through practise, nature can provide a predisposition to the skill and nurture influences the attitude to the skill. Exceptional talent would be a nurturing of one with the nature to do it. Normal every day talent can be a mix of either.
strawykiller123 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
a skill can be learned but that's only if someone is willing to learn somethings are easier for some people but as long as someone is trying to i believe they can learn a skill
cookooface Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Everyone has born with a talent, some people just have a hard time finding it, or some people may believe they have no talent, when its right in front of their face, the most obvious talents are sports,arts,and music, yet there are hundreds of other talents out there.
luvmyemobud Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think you're born with certain qualities that can give you talent in specific areas, but almost anyone can do something. Some may just have to work harder than others to succeed.
AlmostMyself Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'm sure something you worked for has a different word.
BalladOfInfinity Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say that I agree perhaps because I think of talent differently. The way I think of it is that talent is the ability to learn something, but you acquire skill in your area of talent by practicing it. Hopefully that makes sense ^-^'
DubstepPegasister Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
you find your talents by the people that you spend time with and sometimes your given a talent by practicing all your life
Elzipper7 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
A talent is something you have to develop. Some people can master talents faster than others, but not everyone can simply have a talent, like playing an instrument. You need to learn how.
SillyMangle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was born with talent of drawing and playing games. I think its nice. :)
bico-kun Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the capacity to certain things is inborn, determined to a point by genetics and the chemical environment in the uterus, but the realization of those capacities is highly dependent on the way one is raised and to the extent one is self motivated to realize them.
Inurantchan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yes, talent is something you are born with that allows you to be naturally good at something. But one can be good at anything if they work hard enough for it.
OfretOshredderO Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"talent can be inherited or forged." ~Some person I can't remember, at some time
rkk414 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Lol I love how all these comments

Are meaningful and deep

And here I am like Durrrrrrr
iloveportalz0r Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Tearahk Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's hard to explain in just a few but I belive that people have it in them to do anything and be talented at anything they set thier minds to. Sure, some people seem to be naturally gifted at something, but this may be because they are talented or good at something else and those skills can be crossed over to other things they may try to do.

I dunno if this is all true, but I do know this: People have the ability to be good at anything they set their minds to. Doesn't matter what those stereotypes say. ^_^
Xasthurr Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
We're all born with talent, but it's up to individual whether or not they decide to hone that talent. Time, dedication and practice is what makes artists great... It's not simply a magical ability people are born with.
dumle29 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I disagree, a talent is obtained through interest. If you like it, you are gonna spend a lot of time practicing, and getting talented at that. You could say that that passion is something you are born with, but if you were to want to do something else, you could practice that and get good at it.
Lucky-Lagger Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I disaree. If one wants to achieve something in life a lot of practice can make that person fulfil their dream.
gino456 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
talent is not what you gain its what you develop over years
xXSilverLiningXx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Talents must be refined in order for them to become apparent, although, they must exist to be refined. I, for instance, can hardly draw a thing, but I can write better than most people i know.
Now if only I had a better work ethic... Maybe I could finish that fanfic before the FRC competition.
RainbowThis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You hit it exactly! A person probably has particular aptitudes, but it takes practice to turn those into specific talents :)
Orfearus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Talent is definitely something you're born with, but that's only an innate ability; anyone can develop a talent for something if they try hard, practice regularly, and gain lots of experience.

I know from my own experiences: If you saw my drawings less than a year ago they'd make you cringe in agony for the poor, poor creatures who's shapes were destroyed by my lack of skill with a pen. Now they're at least passable (in my eyes).
IllyriaDeltori Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Talent is something one is born with, your fairly good at something despite never doing it before, Skill is learning to do something well, and if your naturally talented and get very skilled at something your amazing. Talent will only get you so far, you need to refine it to make it worth while like a precious Gem inside each person.
Sakura-chan4100 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like you can be born with a predisposition for certain skills, but anyone can train and develop different skills and talents no matter how much they "start out with".
KittyKillsAll Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Just what I was thinking.
Vertigo-Gal Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
^agreed. well said.
Nodrasa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Fun thing, you are born with talents, but it is up to you to find and use them.
No one is born a master of something and even if you are born with talent, you still need to train to become great.
That does not mean that you can't learn something without talent, but the way ti accomplishing aomething is harder if you don't have the talent.
thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
talents is something you pick up/born with.
skill is built.
starmic Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I don´t know i think if you are connected to some kind of art(music,art,dance) you can call that your talent but you gotta work
ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Writer
My old director used to say that talent is innate, and skill is achieved.
MasterEspionage Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
There are two kinds of people: The thinker and the maker. Some of them grew up to them, the other were born with it.
TheDibLuver Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I think talent is a passion in disguise.
irish-rhino Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   General Artist
I like to think that it's a balance of both hard work as well as talent. I've spent my whole life being interested in art. I literally eat, sleep, and breath all that good stuff, and I've really always been fixated on that. On the other hand, my family is full of jewelry makers, painters, singers, cooks, and first nation arts.
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It merely breaks down to the term "interest". :) Example below:

Me and my sister both enjoys creating music. I started with it when I was 6. She started with it maybe a few years ago at best. I am now 21. My sister is 17. I regard myself pretty good at it. My sister sucks horribly at it. She has no rythm and no melodic skills whatsoever. She is superior to me in drawing people, caring about fashion and putting on make-up, and nagging like a little bitch. I suck horribly at doing those things.

See the connection? Mainly: If you're doing it, you are learning it.

BUT - Our completely different personalities can't SIMPLY be made out of our environment, can it? I mean, my sister and I are raised in fairly the same way. We have miraculously gonne through fairly the same stages of bullying and lonelyness aswell. Now was she BORN into being a spoiled, inconsiderate, selfish, airheaded brat? Or am I just seeing the flaws in myself that I maybe had in that age?

A tricky question :icongo-on-plz:
BlitzWing00 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Nurture over Nature. People's genetic advantages are going to play a part at what their good at, but I think overall it's people's experiences that dictate what they're good at. (ie. Practice makes perfect).

You might find the following wikipedia article interesting.

Nature versus nurture
Kerui8D Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
.-. It depends of the talent.
But i'd like to say, being creative and have imagination IS a talent. But draw perfectly isn't a talent. Drawing needs practice. That's all.

Hope with my bad english people can understand ^w^'
KojiKinte Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Babies are pretty useless at everything.
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:thumbsup: ^^
StarfallStories Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some things you just can only improve to a specific point, but others you can improve pretty far, even if you don't have a natural talent for it.
METROpony Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are either born with it or not...
But you can obtain it by carving out the hart from someone with talent and eat it raw.
:heart: :hungry:
TheMultiCaster Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I'd say yes.

But if you have not found your talent yet, you can also cover up most of it with skill. :)
TheMAM Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
You make your own destiny. You're not born with it.
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Based on what I experienced it's both yes and no :)
Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of disagree / agree...

No, talent is not something you're born with, it's a skill you need to develop on your own, or be taught to develop. However some biological factors can affect it. For example, drawing. That requires quite a bit of reliable hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. We can develop these traits well enough, but if you're born with them, it gives you a significant leg-up over others.
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