How’s Your Zero Talent List?

Some people think I’m a great runner because I’ve ran nine marathons. Others say I’m a great writer because I’ve written and published a novel. But there are better runners and writers out there who have done neither. I’ve seen numerous people who are infinitely more talented than me drop by the wayside. Why? Because they lack the Zero Talent skills. Don’t believe me, well check out the list below. How many of these are you lacking today?

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We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

22 thoughts on “How’s Your Zero Talent List?

  1. As an employer of people, your list highlights things that are difficult to uncover in an interview but are infinitely important to success. We look for clues regarding 4-7, but the interview can be a bit of a first date where things are presented in their best light. Nice list. I may plagiarize it at a staff meeting.

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  2. I love this! Wonderful. And that is the 95% of sweat that we have to put in to make something of the 5% of talent we have. And to think how often I have procrastinated and talked myself down from having a go at living my creative and amazing life – just because I got those two mixed up.

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  3. Thank you for posting. I respectfully disagree. Or, if you prefer: define talent. Some people on the autism spectrum may have body language challenges; also the meaning of body language (specifically looking into another person’s eyes: is it respectful or disrespectful?) varies among different cultures. Effort? How do we evaluate effort? Can we outsiders evaluate if someone with a hidden disability like lupus or depression is making an effort? We don’t realize how much effort it took them to merely get out of bed. “Being coachable” — I struggle with this one. As a child from a dysfunctional family, I struggle with defensiveness and reactivity. Trust me on this: being coachable IS a talent, a learned behavior, and not innate.

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  4. Talent, no… Effort yes. Nowadays more people seem to have an issue with effort than talent. My joke about running being too much like exercise being a perfect, albeit joking, example. Sad part is most people don’t realize hard work will almost always beat natural talent in the long run, at least if the person is trying to improve via their efforts.


  5. Short and sweet! You really hit the nail on the head with this one. It sometimes doesn’t take much talent to become accomplished (in whatever form that means for people) but it does take commitment and effort. I saved this blog post of yours as a reminder!


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