Minisode Monday #40 | Skill vs. Talent

Minisode Monday #40 | Skill vs. Talent

If something can be learned, it is a skill. If it’s innate, it’s a talent. The reality: most so-called talents are skills in disguise, so stop making excuses that you’re not talented enough to do things and skill up!

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • The concept of “talent” is overrated.
  • If something can be learned, it is a skill. If it’s innate, it’s a talent.
  • A lot of so-called talents are really skills in disguise.
  • If even one person can learn something through study, coaching, and effort, it’s learnable — therefore, a skill.
  • Next time you put off an activity because you think you’re not “talented” enough, try to determine if you’re just using it as an excuse. Maybe you avoid shooting hoops with your coworkers on lunch break because you think they’re all so much more talented than you. While it might be true that you suck at basketball, it’s a skill you can improve with practice.
  • If you want to learn the skill of systematically attacking belief systems, building confidence, and forming personal and professional relationships we invite you to take the Art of Charm Challenge by clicking here, or text CHARMED to 33444.
  • Also be sure to check out our Social Capital Intensive here!
  • Let us know about how you put today’s Minisode Monday into practice! Tweet with @TheArtofCharm in your response or write to Jordan directly: [email protected] (he actually reads everything)!

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Jordan Harbinger - author of 827 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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