Jacob Mann

Hi, my name is Jacob Mann. I cover the Art Beat for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

There’s a lot said about talent, whether it’s talking about something innate, something you’re born with, or something you have to work at. Is talent purely laying in wait within or is it something you can only achieve through tireless hours of training? Perhaps it’s somewhere in between, like a diamond in the rough.

Here’s 12 quotes illuminating on the subject:

“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”

― Maya Angelou

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

- Calvin Coolidge

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius”

- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”

- Leo Buscaglia

“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.”

- Erica Jong

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

- Stephen King

There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.

- Derek Jeter

“You just have to find that thing that’s special about you that distinguishes you from all the others, and through true talent, hard work, and passion, anything can happen.”

- Dr. Dre

“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”

-John C. Maxwell

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.”

- Robert Half

“However you make your living is where your talent lies.”

- Ernest Hemingway

“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.”

- Irving Stone

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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