You’d call J.K. Rowling talented, right? I sure would. She wrote one of my favorite series of all time, she’s an international best seller, and a household name.
However, when she first set off to get Harry Potter published, she was REJECTED. Loads and loads of times.
Can you even imagine someone reading Harry Potter and thinking it was garbage?
And if she’d let those rejection define her talents, she never would have made it to where she is now. If she would have looked at that heap of rejection letters pouring from her mailbox (perhaps even reminiscent of the Hogwarts letter scene in book one!) she could have said, “That proves it. I’m not talented. I should give up.”
But she didn’t. She kept going.
Now, let me ask a more difficult question: what do you think about Stephenie Meyer, of Twilight? Or E.L. James of Fifty Shades of Grey? Ask a number of people their opinion on these writers’ talents, and the answers will vary. Some say these are untalented writers. Others say they are brilliant.
(I personally LOVED Twilight and always will. Just sayin’.)
Or think about the band you love that your best friend hates. Or the clothing designer that makes your eyes bleed, yet somehow gets their clothing in runway shows. Or the art piece that makes you furrow your brow, cock your head, and say, “Uh…what?”
Obviously, talent cannot be defined by other people’s opinions, because no two opinions are alike in every way.
So, what is talent, and who gets to decide who is talented?
The definition of talent is: “natural aptitude or skill.”
Skill at what, though? Some of us are naturally great writers when it comes to the craft at writing. Others struggle with craft but are great at creating compelling characters. Some of us struggle with dialogue but are great at descriptions.
Do you have to be good at everything in order to be considered talented?
No. Each of the writers mentioned above, including our beloved J.K. Rowling, have strengths and weaknesses. Being a talented writer doesn’t mean being perfect. It means owning your talents with confidence and finding solutions to your struggles.
The best way to do this is through developing a strong mindset.
Having a strong mindset allows you to be humble, curious, and open to growth. It also gives you the confidence to stand strong in your own truth and power.
A weak mindset looks for outside validation to tell them if they are talented. A strong mindset looks within to know that they have what it takes.
A weak mindset takes critique at face value and thinks it means they aren’t good enough, or that every bad review or negative criticism is true. A strong mindset knows that critique is helpful in telling you about the person providing the feedback; sometimes it should be heeded, sometimes not.
When you have a strong mindset, it doens’t matter if you are naturally talented or find yourself struggling. It doesn’t matter if you face rejection. It doesn’t matter if you face challenges.
When you have a strong mindset you can ALWAYS find a solution, a new path, a new perspective, or a question that unlocks truth and changes everything.
Talent is wonderful. It should be celebrated. But if your mindset is weak, you will never be able to see and own the talents you have.
And if you don’t consider yourself “a natural” at writing (or anything else, for that matter) a strong mindset will help you find a way to develop your strengths and find solutions that allow you to create what you want in life regardless of talent.
If this creates a fire in your heart, check out the video version for even more on this topic.
Whatever you do, DO NOT give up. KNOW you have gifts you were meant to share with the world. KNOW you are talented, even when you struggle. KNOW you have what it takes to create the life of your dreams.
And if you need any help on your journey to discover the inner genius within, to get unstuck, or even get started, contact me to learn how we can work together!
Love, light, and all the magic,
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