You’ll often hear that “____ is super talented.” As to imply that he/she has some sort of natural gift or ability that enables them to just show up and perform. That’s why I hate the word “talent”. Because it does a disservice to everyone. It confuses people and it distracts them from the amount of obsessive hard work that really goes into making yourself successful at something.
This is something that I certainly agree with. I work with a lot of skilled and experienced people, yet I only ever hear the word ‘talent’ used by people who believe they themselves don’t have any. It’s used an an excuse for their lack of application.
I like that Rob mentions the disservice. The concept of talent minimises or ignores the actual hard work that successful people do, where instead it should be acknowledged.