Ten Things That Require Zero Talent

Liam Messam


This was posted on All Blacks Liam Messam’s Instagram last week, and it was just what I needed. I have always felt inadequate and back in University, a good friend of mine told me that I “try too hard”. I then realised what for me was “giving my all” was actually viewed as overcompensating. Over the years I also felt that I was overcompensating for my lack of talent or qualifications by driving myself to exhaustion to please people. I was not only overcompensating I was also a people pleaser! Because I was scared that people will finally realise that I have no talent, no skills. That is why I can’t accept compliments because it just doesn’t ring true for me.

10 Things That Require Zero Talent


When I look at this list, it reminded me that even if I felt I had no talent or lack the experience as long as I have these traits I will reach a level of skill that I will one day be proud of. I know I won’t ever have the chance to be a world-class athlete (it’s super late for that) or become a whiz at programming (my brain cells were not made for that) but wherever I am right now, whatever it is that brings me joy and yet challenges me at the same time, these are the things that I should apply to optimize my potential.

My goal every single day is to improve on my interests. Whether it be writing or lettering or doing crafts, I want to become good, then better and then best and the cycle never ends. I challenged myself to live creatively this year, and though it has been a hard uphill climb since I wasn’t born with the skills that I wanted I will still do my best. Because my goal  has always been progress over perfection.

Since the original post was just written on a dry-erase board, I used my brush pen and Photoshop to make it more my style. When I posted the unedited version on Instagram, someone asked me how I would define talent, and this quote from Seth Godin was my answer:


“Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact… It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts.You’re not born this way, you get this way.”

– Seth Godin


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