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How do I find out what talent I have, or if I have talent at all? I've tried a bunch of things like drawing/making art, my art looks terrible even after a few years of practice, tried programming, I'm too retarded for that, can't even understand how 2 m00sic in the first place, terrible grades in school, useless in P.E etc. is it actually possible to be talentless? All I can do is watch anime and play video games (I'm also bad at vidya too)
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talent is overrated as fuck. just find something you like enough that you can practice it more than other people are willing to, practice hard for a few years, and people will start popping out of the woodwork complimenting you on your "talents".
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talent doesn't exist desu, just practice a thing you like until you're good at it.
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I would say it's impossible to not have a talent of some sort. Nobody is born great at anything, we develop aptitudes as we spend time doing things. You spend time with people, you learn to be empathetic. You work with your hands, you become dexterous and form an idea of how physical components come together to perform a function. You play video games, you develop hand-eye coordination, and learn how to adapt and learn new rules and environments.

So, no, I don't think you'll magically be able to disassemble an auto-mobile with your eyes blind-folded and a leg and arm tied behind your back, but I wouldn't say you don't have talents. You just can't see them, because the things you want to be doing aren't the things that you have been doing.
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Learning is just using what we know to understand what we do not.
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Some renaissance painter commented that people wouldn't appreciate his work if they knew how much time and effort he'd put into it.

Excelling at something is a result of a continuous effort at a SPECIFIC task, ie if you want to perform Mozart, don't play scales; play Mozart. Play it over and over and over. Neal Stephenson (the author) also says there's a difference between an 8 hour writing session and two 4 hour writing sessions. Consistency means you do it often, and when you do it, you do it for a long time. I've heard of guitarists who've practiced for 17 hours straight. Sleep, guitar, sleep. You don't need to get that extreme if you don't feel it, but the sentiment remains true: the more time you spend with a task, the better.

The illusion of inborn "talent" is explained away by the Matthew Effect (accumulating advantage, as in "the rich get richer" or "it takes money to make money"). Read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
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"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. "

Possibly mis-attributed to Michelangelo
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