America’s got talent

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Got talent or dedication and hard work?

I watched the finals of America’s got Talent tonight and I think it’s much more accurate to say that these performers are hard working and dedicated to their passion rather than simply talented.

In fact, some might not have been talented, but determination and hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

I was also very happy to see that one of my favorite magicians, Shin Lim, actually made it to the finals.

Magic is definitely one skill that even the greatest performers aren’t naturally talented at. In sports you can be naturally talented by being gifted with genetics and body. Basketball players who are taller at just going to be naturally better than those who are shorter and thus have an easier time developing their natural talent. In magic, everyone is on the same playing field. No one is naturally good with sleight of hand, but it’s a skill that anyone can learn.

Which is why I am glad I’ve picked it up as a skill, because whether or not I am good at magic is completely dependent on my own merit, and not whether or not I’m 6’3.

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