I actually agree entirely with this. If you’re persistent with your work, or your learning, you will eventually do just as well and better than your peers who are just relying on talent. I argue that anyone can learn to do anything— those who we say are “talented” just pick it up a little more quickly than the rest of us.
Also, as a side note, I think talent can be a bad thing sometimes too, as we often rely on our “talents” instead of actually working to get better at something— which is when the persistent people surpass us.
Life and Career Lesson #5: Make Excellent Mistakes
I guess I don’t really have any feeling toward this particular Lesson. Everyone’s been taught, from a very young age, that we make mistakes so we can learn from them. As we grow older, the lesson might be changed a little to include learning from the mistakes of others. Either way, people generally learn that mistakes are okay, as long as we turn them into a learning experience and eventually gain positive things from them.
In Johnny Bunko, these “excellent mistakes” are qualified as mistakes that you can change easily to gain a super positive result. They aren’t stupid mistakes: things that you could have thought through and potentially decided that maybe it wasn’t the best idea. They are excellent mistakes: mistakes that will, with a little creative thinking, become really great ideas that might make you a million dollars.
I tend to try not to make any mistakes whatsoever and learn from anyone and everyone’s mistakes, so that no accidents will befall me. I’m sure I’ve had some really bad ideas, but often I don’t follow through on my ideas, so I’ll never know whether or not it was totally amazing, or just an excellent mistake.
Life and Career Lesson #6: Leave an Imprint
As with “learning from mistakes,” a lot of us were probably brought up thinking that we should change the world. I doubt our parents are even at fault for most of this thinking— the media has portrayed “changing the world” as a glamorous ideal since we were tiny.
But making a difference in the world doesn’t have to be solving all the world’s problems. It can be as simple as just smiling at people. Or doing what you really enjoy doing, and bringing that joy to other people. Making a difference in the world can occupy so many different magnitudes.
I think leaving an imprint can be as simple as just spreading your happiness, and if that happiness is best spread by saving the world, then go for it! And if you don’t have enough happiness yet to throw yourself into adventure and uncertainty, spread your happiness through smiles and jokes and random acts of kindness.