Pretty much this.
Yuudachi-kun wrote:And I think a thread about talent is unnecessary because I don't think anyone should focus on the concept of it. If it exists, there's nothing you can do about it but work harder. If it doesn't exist, then just work harder.
Noone knows if talent exists or not. There are hundreds of studies about genes vs environmental influences / practice and we will probably never be able to tell exactly if talent exists or not.
Even so, why would you talent to exist that badly? The concept of it promotes lazy attitudes and excuses as I mentioned before.
I guess people find solace in the thought that they did the best they could, which most of the time isn't true, and then will just blame it on talent and be done with it.
Whoever brought up Mozart or other musical artists. Mozart already took lessons in several aspects of music when he was like 5 years old from a professional musician ( his dad ) and probably watched him play for way longer. There's a very strong possibility that this might be the reason for his success and not just some born natural talent.
There's no reason to think about concepts like talent unless you're looking for excuses or solace, a solution why you aren't where you want to be.
And yes, there is something like "efficiently" spending your time learning something, yet you can do something for years in your life and never get really better at it.
Drawing is a prime example. Many people are drawing for several years but are still floating at a level of someone who invested around a year really learning drawing simply because they never bothered to push their knowledge and learn about all the other things that make you better at it.
When you just casually play games, or osu, and you just play casually, have no ->real<- intentions of getting better then you will probably only improve on a small scale. Which is fine. Noone says you have to be good at something to be happy with where you're at, but saying you aren't top100 / pro artist because you lack talent imo is just a wrong thing to do.
I don't doubt people would really like to be good at something, but I do believe that most people really don't like to invest the time.
You'd be better off just forgetting about things like talent because whether it exists or not you can't influence it anyway, yet people are so passionate about its existence. I wonder why that is?