I have always been fascinated by peoples understanding of the concept of talent. I have heard many times in the artistic world that you either have ‘it’ or you do not. I am curious as to what peolpe think ‘it’ is, and can ‘it’ be learned, or must you be born with ‘it’. I am of the belief that, barring physical impediment, anyone can learn to achieve at a high level of proficiency at any art (or just about any task, for that matter). There may be a small genetic variable in the elite of any field (a long legged person is genetically predisposed against being a good sprinter), but this accounts for a very limited number of people. I pose this question, because I have worked hard to achieve what level of ability I have in my field (writing), and I find that comments about talent devalue the work that I have done, and imply that God (or something) gave me these abilities, and I deserve no credit for them.So, what do you think talent is, and where do you think it comes from? Is it real, or just a myth?