It’s OK to have no real talents or skills

Don’t fret if you think you have 0 talents to show off

We get it. In a world where everyone loves to put themselves and their talents forward, it’s hard to feel good about yourself. You may not have the same level of talent. As a matter of fact, you do not have any talents at all.

I get it. I, too, do not have talents to show off to everyone around me. As a matter of fact, people like us are just your regular Joes, regular Janes on the streets. Let me assure you: it is okay if you don’t have real talents. Don’t let societal expectations pressure you into feeling bad about yourself for “not standing out”.

Who cares if you are not born talented or have no talents? A lot of people are born without talents or are talentless their whole lives. And they are still living life all right. No pressure at all.

Though yes, I have to agree that if you have talents, life will be easier for you. You can get ahead in life faster and easier than your peers. However, just because they have a head start in life does not mean their life will be stellar all the way. It also does not mean their life will end well. The possibilities of the outcomes of your life are immense and diverse.

Not having real talent (or have any talents at all) does not mean you are useless. As a matter of fact, there are ways you can live your life being “talentless”.

1. Find a passion and work on it

Find a passion and work on it
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Everyone has to start somewhere. If you don’t have talents, but you have passion for something, then start with this passion. For example, if you have a passion for playing the piano and music, you can work on your musical talent. Then go from there. Who knows some years down the road, your passion may open doors for you and you get more opportunities.

You don’t have to be born with talents like how some people seem to love to push that idea. But it’s working smart and working hard that helps get you ahead. Ever heard of the saying: “if there’s a will, there’s a way”? Yeah, that.

2. Don’t compare yourself with others

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The world is competitive, and this much we can at least agree on. But it does not mean you should compare yourself with everyone who has achieved much by the time they reach 18 years old.

Oftentimes we read and hear news about certain 12 years old achieving straight A’s in GCSEs and made it to some Ivy League school. What more on a scholarship again. Or how we often hear about 15 years olds so smart they are basically interning with NASA or some other prestigious companies.

We are not like them (queue sad faces and sad noises) and they are not like us. If you’re to keep comparing yourself to them, “why am I not achieving things like they are doing?” Then of course you’ll keep yourself unfulfilled and unhappy.

Work on yourself at your own pace. You’ll get there when you get there.

3. Jack of all trades, master of none

Jack of all trades, master of none
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Perhaps it’s not that you are lacking talents or completely have no talents at all. You’re most probably the kind of person who can do and understand everything, but you’re not exactly an “industry leader” at it.

Like for some people, they can sing. But it’s not the best singing people have heard. Their voice is just average at best.

Or they can play sports, but they are just average sportspeople.

Or maybe they can lead a team, but their leadership is just average.

You’re probably those kinds of people who can do a lot of things, but you’re never at the top of it all. Because a lot of times, there will be other people who are better than you, who will be better than you. This means you’re a regular Joe/Jane who is the Jack of all trades and master of none.

4. Never giving up on yourself

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You may not have noteworthy talents, and that’s okay. However, what’s important is for you to never give up on yourself. Keep trying, keep experimenting, and keep rolling along. In everything you do, do it well and give it your best.

There will be a lot of obstacles in life you’ll have to face. But what’s not okay is you giving up and walking away. Some things are worth giving up, but it’s not worth it to give up on life. Don’t let that happen. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t even entertain the idea of giving up on life. You quit life, you lose.

Message For Yourself

Remember that by the end of the day, not everyone can be super talented in life. Everyone is made to be different. As long as you keep pushing forward, you’ll be all right.

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Author: Lydia

A little bit of a dreamer and a foodie, but definitely a geek at heart!