Compistion 1 Mr. T 23 October 2011 Talent Doesn’t Make It Easier In our culture athletes are revered and almost conspired super-human by some. Every once in a while, one of those stars turns to the camera and says something to the sorts of “keep practicing and work hard to achieve…” How much of what he is saying is true? It’s the idea that if you do your math homework, then you will also do well on the test since you practiced by doing the homework.
But what about the ones that don’t do their homework, but still do well on the test.
Can it be said that they don’t need practice to be perfect? Is it possible to just get by with talent alone? Natural abilities are considered to be a part of the talent side of things. Body built is very important in sports. If someone is 5’4” and 175lbs they probably wont have the same natural abilities as 6’1” 250lb linebacker in highschool even with endless hours of practice.
Football players are a great example of natural birth given talent with a little bit of work.
Football players tend to be thicker and double if not triple the size of the average person. Runners or cardio athletes will be built for endurance, have a larger heart, and capillaries to circulate blood flow better to the muscles. So how does say athlete acquire these traits? Is it through genetics or just sheer hard work? “Until quite recently researchers commonly believed that percentages of muscle fiber types and aerobic power are more than ninety percent determined by heredity for males and females” (Ericcson 364).
What this could mean is that speed process, ease of muscle growth, and even memory retaining are all passed down through our genes and some of these special traits can not be improved by practice. Practicing, however, can improve certain skills and add on to ones already obtained through experience. Experience offers us the ability to recall an event or situation that we have been a part of or seen and is able to use the experience in whichever field needed. Experience is a form of practicing. Then how do you create where there is no genetic assistance? Does imagination hold the key?
Harris says that imagination is our natural way to learn. Many learn their skills through imagination and experience from observing someone else doing a task we couldn’t accomplish (Harris 56). Talent can be measured in children through the ability to imagine and create through drawing. “The ability to draw a likeness may seem to be a natural gift or talent for some, but it is actually acquired by practice” (Bartel). So making that Picasso isn’t going to be as easy as you thought it was going to be. Children will learn through reputation, which is considered a form of practice? An enormous range of functions are involved in our brain when trying to deal with mathematics and logic. It is certainly no accident that many students find math and later, logic to be tremendously challenging, given the amount of brain energy required to do even relatively simple problems”(Gurian 51). Therefore repetition is needed until it becomes a second nature but it doesn’t make sense to say practicing until you learn the subject if you possess the talent to compute all that information through non-practiced talent.
Math can be categorized in a talent aspect. Computing numbers comes natural to some while many struggle even with tedious amounts of studying. Most kids hate repetition or practice when it comes to school work (me). Ignoring the homework and extra practice leads to many students procrastinating. Procrastination can easily fall into the talent section of things. Oxford Dictionary states it as the action of delaying or postponing something (procrastinate). About twenty-five percent of people admit to procrastinating. The number-one regret adults identify having is not spending more time on their education”(Kasland). Score one for practice. Having talent in whatever task being done can be a nice advantage but research shows that it is better to put the hard work in on the side with that talent to achieve that Picasso or be able to have a higher vertical jump. Natural skills generally improve with practice even if it has to deal with dreaded homework or throwing an out route with three minutes to go on the football field. Having more experience and reference
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