Talent is important in accumulating wealth. That is why I often write about the need to discover your inborn talents. All individuals, by virtue of their genes, are born with certain talents that set them apart from others. Only through experimentation will you discover what those talents are. You have to throw a lot of mud at the wall and pursue numerous different activities in order to reveal your inborn talents. Most don’t do this. Instead, they focus on two or three activities (baseball, soccer, piano, etc.) and spend most of their childhood years devoted to those limited activities. That formula will never reveal your inborn talents.
But a small percentage are encouraged at an early age by their parents to be explorers and those few lucky individuals eventually stumble upon their innate talents. You know you’ve found an inborn talent because passion always trumpets it’s existence. The brain communicates to us the existence of an inborn talent by infusing us with passion when we engage in the activity. Passion acts like a catalyst in driving us to continuously engage in an activity we were born to do. Passion allows us to focus like a laser in perfecting our skill. Passion gives us the emotional energy that enables us to engage in our inborn talents for many hours every day. Days turn into years and years into decades. Eventually we not only become skilled in the inborn activity, we become expert. And experts are always paid the most.
Those few fortunate explorers who are passionate about what they do for a living are the ones who have discovered their calling in life. Everyone has a calling. So, no matter your age, become an explorer. Only through exploration will you find that which you were born to do. Once found, you will be infused with a passion that will energize you to engage in that activity for the rest of your life.