Why you don't need talent or experience to succeed

On May 27, 2013

When we decide to create new things, we're often asked - "Do you have the necessary talent to create great work?" "Do you have the experience to do that on your own?"

These questions are nothing but others doubting you based on what they think you need to be successful - Talent and Experience.

Talent is your ability to do things on your own. Whether it's learning a new technology, a new skill, or solving a problem in less time your talent helps you in everything you do.

And experience is nothing but the knowledge you gain based on your past actions. You can gain experience even by not doing real work, and just observing others do it. You need experience to guide you in making the right choices everyday.

But is it must to have talent or experience to make great products?

I don't think so.

It surely helps to have these qualities, but to say that you can't create good products without them is wrong.

Talent and experience are useful when it comes to doing your work in less time by making fewer mistakes. The most important thing you save with them is time. And they help you when you have limited time to do your work.

But do you need to always work within limited time? If you work for someone else, sure you have to solve problems within few hours or days, but when you work for yourself you don't have these limitations and you can create great things in your own time.

That's not to say that you shouldn't set goals or do less work everyday; it only means you aren't limited by time, and therefore talent or experience, to stop you from doing what you think is great work.

And you can always compensate for talent by doing hard work. You naturally become good at any skill, if you keep practicing it long enough. So what takes a talented guy to come up in one hour, you can match up against him by working five hours.

And you can also compensate for experience by hard work. Experienced people make fewer mistakes and thus save valuable time. But you can make up for the lost time by working harder and giving more time to your work.

Thus it's possible to tackle both talent and experience problems, simply by working hard for some more time. So, though useful, they shouldn't limit you from doing your life's work.

And the talent and experience factor needed to succeed keeps reducing with time. What seemed tough a few years ago, is easily doable now.

Doing it isn't the distinguishing factor anymore, but doing it well is.

And yes talent and experience are important.

To create good work you need both. Talent will help you to create innovative things in less time, and experience will guide you in doing so. But it takes time to have this perfect balance of talent and experience.

So it's better to start with your existing skills and continue working with them. As you keep working, you keep becoming more talented and also gain experience as a side-product. With time, you'll automatically gain the experience and the expertise to pull off great things.

And if you are still wondering what to do when you don't have the required talent or experience, then read this quote and you'll know what to do:

"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning." - Gandhi

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