(Page 2 of 2) Let’s examine some definitions:
Talent: Talents are naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. (Gallup) ‘Practice’ or Investment: Time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base (Gallup) 'Perfect’ or Strength: the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity (Gallup)
Using the Strengths formula:
Talent X Investment = Strength
Let’s say talent is represented numerically:
1 = a person who is NOT talented
1,000 = a person who IS talented
To simplify this, let me give an analogy. So in the field of soccer where I will compare Cristiano Rinaldo and myself. Both of us have the opportunity and free time to practice soccer for 10,000 hours.
Using the strengths formula above:
1 x 10,000 hours = 10,000 result
1,000 x 10,000 hours = 10,000,000 result
For me to reach Rinaldo’s standard, I would have to spend an additional 9,990,000 or 9.9 million hours of practice in the field. Assuming that I practice for 10 hours a day (8am to 6pm with no lunch nor toilet breaks and no football club supporting my income) I would need 999,900 days or 2,736 years to reach his level of 'Perfect’ (success) results.
By understanding the different results, there should be a consideration of talent involved - how we naturally think, feel and behave. This way, we can be more targeted toward achieving the level of excellence and success in a more effective and efficient manner. Where Rinaldo should continue leveraging on his talent and practice practice practice. While I find an area where I have a 1,000 units of talent and start practicing.
I’ll have a lot more success in the latter and not to mention a more fulfilling journey.
In the end, I feel the quote should look more like this: “Practice using Strengths, makes Perfect” (Page 2 of 2)
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