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Get What You Want In Life

Get What You Want In Life

By Shivam Chhuneja

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20 Lessons Learnt From The Emperor Of Rome – Marcus Aurelius Meditations

20 Lessons Learnt From The Emperor Of Rome – Marcus Aurelius Meditations

Philosophy in the past couple of decades has become perceived as something that is meant only for a college lecture. It has been brought down to an esoteric piece of information  that only people who have enrolled in a philosophy course can practice and apply […]

That Night In The Skate Park

That Night In The Skate Park

A new age kid with curly brown hair, with his deep big brown eyes. He had kind of a bigger than average nose. Loosely dressed in his casual denims, a size bigger than what fits of a t shirt,  with the cool new Yeezys, he […]

Are you going to be truly independent this 15th of August?

Are you going to be truly independent this 15th of August?

15 August, 1947. The day India got independence from the British rule. Those were some messy times for our country.   I could bore you with all the independence day facts that scoopwhoop type websites are going to cover. My aim is not that. The […]

Get What You Want In Life

Get What You Want In Life

This is a story from 2014, while I was playing in Denmark and was also a part of the ‘coaching the coaches’ leadership program. There are many situations in our life where we struggle to get what we want.   This might be because we […]

You’re An Idiot If You Read Many Books

You’re An Idiot If You Read Many Books

Being successful in life has no correlation with reading more and more books. Period.   You will see people like Tai Lopez and other talking about reading and reading.   Are you f*cking kidding me? Really?   Can just reading books by these super successful […]

9 Ways I Am 10xing My Life And You Can Too

9 Ways I Am 10xing My Life And You Can Too

This story starts in December of 2015, when I was in Grunwettersbach, Germany. I was there to learn and play table tennis. Around the last month of the year, I came across a couple of science videos on YouTube which took me to start my […]

11 Books To Totally Change Your Life

11 Books To Totally Change Your Life

We usually do not read many books in our day to day life. I always talk about the importance of reading in my YouTube videos, especially that reading books and absorbing the information is essential to frame who we are and who we become in […]

5 Steps To Be A Facebook Content Marketing Ninja

5 Steps To Be A Facebook Content Marketing Ninja

Become A Content Marketing Ninja Becoming a social ninja does not require a set of special skills or some secret knowledge that only a few selected possess. I think it is not something esoteric as it is believed to be. Anyone and everyone can get […]

Are You The CEO You Think You Are?

Are You The CEO You Think You Are?

Hustle, a word thrown around by many. 15 year old Instagram CEOs put up motivational pictures on their account and call themselves hustlers. Real hustlers however, do the real work. Yes, social media is real work. And yes, it is okay to put CEO in […]

The Myth Of Talent

The Myth Of Talent

Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The […]


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The Myth Of Talent

The Myth Of Talent

Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated. —JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

We are told that the skills you possess, the genius you have, the inclination towards a specific field of life you have is all credited towards your genetic structure. Your talent is something that is fixed and can never change. You came into this world with those specific abilities, and you are going to die with them.

WRONG.

I came across a few passages about talent, skills and mastery while reading a few different books. Books that practically are not supposed to talk about the same thing.

The common theme the writers here talked about is that there is nothing as talent, even if there is, it has been scientifically proven that we can literally modify our genetic disposition by placing ourselves in specific kinds of environment and through deliberate action.

We are regularly told stories about talented individuals like Mozart, Steve Jobs, and many others. But if you have played Chinese Whisper game you know how stories can radically change with just a couple of alterations. The stories about these great individuals about their talents and their natural abilities tend to dismiss the fact that they were practically provided the exact kind of environment that they needed to excel.

That necessarily does not mean that the environment around them was favorable, and happy and they got everything they wanted.

Demosthenes one of the great orators of ancient Athens, born in 384 BC had speech impediment during his childhood. His became an orphan at the age of 7 and his family left him great wealth and property. But, till the time he came of age to be able to legally get that property, he noticed that he was cheated on by his own guardians. He sued them in the court, and had to speak for himself.

This specific event and environment alone would tear apart any of us, but he had created an underground room to practice his speaking skills. He used to fill his mouth with pebbles and practice speeches, he would go to the sea shore and try to speak against the sound of the waves. Demosthenes, took charge of his environment and practically changed his disposition by deliberate effort.

Why is that we see people everywhere around us performing deeds like Demosthenes, and yet fail to see that there is nothing as talent? Yes there are inborn skills, or interests with certain kinds of things, but they too can be changed, if we so wish. Our brain has evolved over millions of years, then why do we believe that we cannot change something as simple as where we invest our time and effort?

Robert Greene in his book “Mastery” mentions something that I really loved. He said, our brains practically are going in the opposite direction as time. For a lot of animals, with passage of time, their window closes. If they wait too much to attack on the prey, no food. If they wait too much outside in the open, they are going to get eaten.

Our bodies too follow this line, with passage of time our bodies decay.

However, with passage of time, our brain becomes more and more capable, more and more developed.

We see people sitting in the system, as cogs. People who have accepted to not bring about change or put in effort to pursue their unique inclinations. It is actually easy to do that. It might take years of work, but it is easy.

What we know and have been subjected to is, people who try to go against the grain of the system, and try to do what they believe in, perish. Totally not true, they might go against the system, but by doing what they believe in, something that they feel is their calling, they are going with the grain of time.

Have you ever thought, that why is people who are doing something they love, seem more energetic, more youthful and younger at 65 than a lot of us at 25?

They are going with the grain of time.

The moment we try and do something which we derive pleasure from, we are told not to.

I have my example here, recently I started taking massive actions towards trying to help more people, and the responses I got were amazing. But within those responses I have people telling me to stop, calling me names in public.

I won’t lie, it is scary. It is hard. But should I stop? Should I stop doing something I feel I am made for just because someone else in the system believes I am going in the opposite direction?

It is true, I am going in the opposite direction to them.

I am going with the direction of time, are you?

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