Thoughts

Talented or Skilled?

When asked what his talents are, a person usually say dancing, singing, acting, cooking etc. But are these really his talents? Or are they mere skills?

This question has been bugging me lately. It’s all because of a sentence that got stuck in my head, “He’s not talented. He’s skilled.” I don’t recall when and where I heard this, but it really got me thinking. I know talent and skill are two very different things, but how does one really determine whether a person is talented or skilled?

Most people will answer: Talents are innate. Skills are learned.

Of course, I already know that. But still, I am not satisfied with just that. Those are mere dictionary meanings. Finally, after some thinking.. an answer came to me.

A skilled person uses his mind, while a talented person uses his soul. The talented person will be the only one who could touch the audience’s heart through his work. A person can be good at singing or dancing, but he is just skilled unless he can make people stop and watch.


“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

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