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America’s Got Talent or America’s Got Hard Work?

America’s Got Talent or America’s Got Hard Work?

Have you noticed that there’s a current trend about having talents? One obvious example is the mega-hit TV show America’s Got Talent, which regularly attracts an audience of up to 14 million viewers.

This show is not just popular in America, however. Hugely successful versions of it can be found in countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

I’m sure you’ve seen at least one episode of the TV show, so you’ll know the format: lots of unknown people performing entertaining and sometimes unique acts (e.g. dance, magic and songs).

As the name of the show suggests, the judges are looking for people or acts with an abundance of talent. For the average viewer at home, it’s easy to believe that talent is all that is needed to get on the show – and to potentially become rich and famous.

However, the reality is somewhat different.

Are We Putting Too Much Emphasis on Talent?

These days, people are quick to praise a person’s natural talent.

It’s as if people believe that natural talents count for more than skills developed over months and years. For instance, when watching a gifted sports person you’ve probably thought to yourself just how awesome they are.

And then there are the famous IQ and aptitude tests – which quickly separate the elites from the masses. (Companies choose to hire those with natural talents.)

Just take a look around at the news. Whoever has any major achievements will receive praise from the media and public for being so talented.

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The problem with this, is that talent gets continually put into the spotlight, while the real causes of success – effort and persistence – is seldom mentioned. This leads the majority of people to think that the only way to succeed in life is by having a strong or unique natural talent.

The present heavy focus on talent could be preventing a lot of people from achieving success.

    Don’t believe me? Just watch any of the current crop of dancing and singing contents. The majority of the time the judges will simply comment on skill and talent, and rarely (if ever), judge someone on how much effort or time they have put into learning something.

    This constant repetition of talent over effort is the cause of faulty beliefs, such as:

    • When someone is being praised for having talent, they may begin to rely on their talent, and stop putting in more effort to improve.
    • On the other hand, someone who’s been told they’re not talented may begin to doubt their own abilities, and believing that they aren’t talented they stop trying to develop.

    It’s easy to see how people can fall into the above traps, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

    For example, think about Celine who got on the show. Was her success really just because of pure talent? Or could it be that for years she practiced and studied?

      In most cases, behind the natural talent, you’ll find people have also put in significant time and effort into developing it.

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      So, to say that someone is “talented” actually rudely neglects all the effort they have likely put into doing what they do. It’s a bit like an iceberg. We only see the visible part of the iceberg, while the bulk of the iceberg remains invisible to us below the water.

      And then there’s the problem of people using talent as an excuse to do nothing. You hear it all the time: “I just don’t have talent in that area, so why should I bother competing with people who do?”

      In the above case, talent becomes a self-made wall that blocks people from reaching their true potential… which is on the other side of the wall.

        It’s Really About the Effort You Put In

        For sure, there are such things as natural talents. These are the inborn abilities that we are gifted from our family’s gene pool. It’s the same reason why some people are small, and some people are tall.

        Everyone of us has unique talents and abilities. You may remember from school how some of your friends could ‘naturally’ jump higher or run faster than you. And if you ever did gymnastics or martial arts, you’ll have seen the wide-range of natural flexibility that people exhibited.

        People’s unique talents and abilities don’t have to be obvious either. For example, over the years I’ve come to realize that I read much quicker than the average person. However, unless you and I participated in a speed-reading contest, then you’d probably remain blissfully unaware of my talent.

        But forget what you’ve been told. It’s not a talent race. It’s about the effort you put in.

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          Hidden behind every so-called talented person is a great deal of effort and persistence. For example, Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “having no original ideas” and “lacking imagination”; Michael Jordan locked himself in his room and cried, after being dropped from his high school basketball team; and Oprah Winfrey actually lost her job as a news anchor after producers said she “wasn’t fit for television.”

          Despite their individual setbacks, these three people went on to be tremendously successful, and of course, world famous. Looking back on their careers now, most people would assume that Disney, Jordan and Winfrey were blessed with natural talents. The truth, however, was very different. Sure, they were talented, but it was their efforts that really set them apart from the pack.

          Here’s how to discover your own unique talent and make it your biggest strength.

          1. Locate your interest

          People are much more satisfied with what they do, when they do things that match their personal interests. Ask yourself:

          • What do you care about most?
          • What do you enjoy doing the most?
          • What is the thing that you can’t bear at all?

          Then, spend some time narrowing down the options, until you find your key interest. And, if after this exercise, you’re still unsure what you’re really into, try doing different things.

          For instance, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Rowdy Gaines knew from a very young age that he loved sports. When he reached high school, he tried baseball, basketball, football, golf and tennis before settling for swimming. In other words, he kept trying out different things until he found something that he fell in love with.

          2. Build your strengths

          Once you’ve set your heart on a particular interest, think about whether you have the basic skills to make a success of it.

          What skills do you need to be equipped with? What skills and knowledge can you enhance? What other areas could you improve upon?

          Let’s say that you’ve determined that your interest is in singing. To have a chance at success, you’ll need to invest regular amounts of your time in practicing singing. You’ll also probably want to enlist the help of a singing tutor.

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          3. Get feedback and improve

          Once you start building up your strengths, you should turn to others for feedback.

          This is where a good tutor comes in. They can tell you where your weaknesses are, and how you can improve them. They can also offer you valuable support and encouragement as you develop your knowledge and skills.

          The high-achievers in life never stop learning. They continue to look for new ways to improve and keep reflecting on what they can do better. Instead of shunning feedback from others, they actively seek it. And then use this feedback to help them keep improving.

          Effort Will Get You Much Further Than Talent

          Great accomplishments don’t come simply from talent; instead, they come from immense effort.

          It’s this hard effort and persistence that separates the losers from the winners. The former just find it too easy to give on the road to success. While the latter make sure they reach their destination.

          I really hope this article has opened your eyes to the root causes of success. And if you need any help keeping going towards your goals, then check out one of my previous articles: The Only Time That Change Doesn’t Make You Better

          Find your interest. Dedicate yourself to it. And discover a life of success that you never thought was possible.

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          Published on June 5, 2020

          Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

          Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

          There are different reasons why you might need to buy an extra keyboard. Your keyboard may be wearing out and one can only imagine the frustration you get each time you type ‘O’ when you actually wanted to type ‘P’.

          Apart from your keyboard wearing out, desiring more comfort and flexibility and reducing pain in your wrists and fingers as you type might be your main reason. You may also want to maintain the recommended minimum distance of 40cm away from the screen[1] or just want to have some additional functionalities on your keyboard which are not available on most keyboards.

          Whatever the reason, we all want to have the best keyboard that will suit our needs.

          Here are the 10 best keyboards under $99 available on Amazon. They were picked based on their ergonomic design and extra functionalities.

          Why You Should Trust Us

          We checked Amazon to find the keyboards that have multiple functionalities, promises comfort, have received several reviews, and rated at least 4-star from real users. At a price below $100, we believe that you can find the best keyboard for you on this list.

          1. Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

          4.3-star, 8950 Reviews

            The Logitech MK 550 keyboard has a constant curve layout and integrated palm rest to reduce stress, eliminate lower wrist fatigue, and help you type more naturally.

            If you want something that allows easy navigation, then this might be the best keyboard for you. It has 18 programmable keys that you will find pretty useful if you frequently use apps that require rapid navigation.

            It also has an accompanying precision laser mouse that makes screen navigation much easier and faster than using your touchpad.

            One of the things that set this keyboard apart from the rest is its long battery life. You can continue to use your keyboard and mouse for 2 years without thinking of changing the battery; the keyboard’s battery can even last up to three years.

            If you are a programmer, secretary, writer, or you do something that requires typing a lot, this is a product you might want to consider.

            Pros:

            • Long battery life
            • A combination of keyboard and mouse
            • Wireless keyboard
            • Integrated palm rest to reduce wrist fatigue

            Cons:

            • Only compatible with Windows-based PC. Additional set up might be required to use with Mac or Linux.
            • The keyboard can be a little noisy when typing

            You can buy this from Amazon for $46.99.

            2. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wired Keyboard 4000 for Business

            4.3-star, 5388 reviews

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              This is an ergonomic keyboard with a cord (about 6ft long). It has a comfortable design that enhances your natural hand, wrist, and forearm positions when in use. It also has a cushioned palm rest which helps maintain a neutral wrist position, eliminating wrist pain.

              The keyboard has 5 customizable buttons that you can assign specific commands to make your work easier and faster. This may be the best keyboard for you if you love ergonomic keyboards.

              Pros

              • Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux
              • Relatively quiet
              • Sturdy, doesn’t swivel around

              Cons

              • The keyboard is a little bulky
              • Spacebar might be sticky at first
              • It doesn’t have a wireless version
              • Not good for gaming
              • Some letters and characters might begin to wear off with use

              You can buy this from Amazon for $59.95.

              3. Razer Huntsman Gaming Keyboard

              4.6-stars, 1442 Reviews

                If you are looking for a superfast keyboard, the Razer Huntsman gaming keyboard is one to consider. Its new Razer Opto-Mechanical switches utilize optical technology for unmatched speed.

                The keyboard’s Razer Chroma syncs fully with popular games, and its Razer hardware supports 16.8 million colors on backlit keys. It has fully programmable macros that allow for the execution of complex commands through all keys and keypress combinations.

                This keyboard is originally made for gamers, but many users choose it for its super-fast speed rather than for gaming itself.

                Pros

                • Works for Mac and PC
                • Stiff enough to avoid typos
                • Superfast and customizable

                Cons

                • Because it’s clicky, it might be disturbing in an office environment
                • The Synapse software is bad and might not install on Windows 10

                You can buy this from Amazon for $89.99.

                4. Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

                4.5-stars, 3115 Reviews

                  This is a membrane keyboard for enhanced performance, whether you are working or gaming. It is designed to give you pleasant gaming experience with three zones of tweakable RGB backlight.

                  One of the features that make the Corsair K55 keyboard stand out is its dust and spill resistance, so you don’t have to worry about wiping off spills. It also has a detachable palm rest to reduce wrist pain when you are gaming or on a prolonged work.

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                  It has multi-key anti-ghosting features so those keypress combinations are executed without hassles. You also have direct control over your audio with the dedicated volume and media control keys.

                  Pros

                  • Competitive at its price
                  • No software needed for RGB lighting
                  • Quiet keys
                  • Programmable keys
                  • Media buttons are included

                  Cons

                  • Caps Lock and Num Lock indicators might stop working intermittently
                  • Game hangs for about 30 – 60 seconds whenever you use a controller

                  You can buy this from Amazon for $49.88.

                  5. Apple Magic Keyboard

                  4.6-stars, 1328 Reviews

                    The most remarkable thing about the Apple Magic keyboard is its rechargeable batteries and the fact that it can be used to enhance your typing experience on smaller devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

                    This keyboard can pair with any apple device that runs on IOS 9.1 and up. Therefore you can use the keyboard to type long text messages and emails on your iPhone. This may be the best keyboard for Mac.

                    Pros

                    • Comes with rechargeable batteries
                    • Though made for Mac, it’s also compatible with PC

                    Cons

                    • The keys are not lit
                    • Some keys, especially the arrow keys are quite small
                    • Be careful, refurbished items might be sold as new

                    You can buy this from Amazon for $94.

                    6. Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                    4.1-stars, 20,735 reviews

                      This is another great product from Logitech, especially for people on a tight budget. Like MK550, this keyboard also comes with a paired mouse and does have a long battery life as well.

                      Although cheap, Logitech still maintained the connectivity signal of 2.4 GHz, so you can use the keyboard within a 10m range and there won’t be dropouts. It also has 8 programmable hotkeys to boost your productivity when you type.

                      Pros

                      • Long battery life: the keyboard battery lasts up to a year while that of the mouse lasts for two years.
                      • Programmable hotkeys to boost productivity
                      • Budget-friendly
                      • Optical mouse included
                      • Wireless keyboard

                      Cons

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                      • Build quality is low
                      • The paired mouse looks cheap
                      • There might be random keystrokes delay

                      You can buy this from Amazon for $24.99.

                      7. Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

                      4.6-stars, 1482 Reviews

                        This is a mechanical anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with RGB backlighting and lettering and conflict-free keys (n-key Rollover) to provide ultimate gaming experience.

                        This keyboard has adjustable rear feet to give you a typing angle to work fast and comfortably. It also has 12 multimedia keys to enhance gaming.

                        You won’t have to worry about your keys in tough gaming conditions as this keyboard is built with metal alloy and ABS with plate-mounted clicky mechanical keys and switches. It comes with a high-speed USB cable and a connection to establish a firm connection so you can enjoy gaming without hassles.

                        Pros

                        • Sturdy and compact; saves space on your desktop
                        • It has swappable switches
                        • A good buy for its price

                        Cons

                        • Clicky keys and loud switches. It may not be suitable where some level of silence is required.
                        • Some LEDs might break with continued use
                        • Support for Mac is limited, only Windows PCs are fully supported.

                        You can buy this from Amazon for $44.99.

                        8. Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                        4.4-star, 1116 reviews

                          This is an RGB lighting keyboard and mouse. It’s an all-metal panel mechanical keyboard with a floating design. It has 104 keys and each of the keys has individual switches with full n-key rollover.

                          The keyboard is ergonomic and has a detachable wrist rest to reduce stress and pain on your wrist. The mouse is also programmable and has DPI levels adjustable up to 4800 DPI. You can even customize your own lighting layouts on the keyboard and it stores and retains your configurations.

                          This keyboard is compatible with Windows, MAC, and Linux. If you like mechanical keyboards, this might be the best keyboard you’re looking for.

                          Pros

                          • Impressive build quality
                          • Great buy for its price
                          • Universal compatibility

                          Cons

                          • The blue switches in the keys are pretty noisy.
                          • Some keys might begin to malfunction with prolonged use.

                          You can buy this from Amazon for $62.99.

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                          9. Havit Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard Mouse Headset Combo

                          4.4-star, 6772 ratings

                            This is a complete gaming kit with an RGB lighting keyboard, mouse, and headset, all combined and synced together to give you that ‘rave’ feeling when you are gaming.

                            The headphone’s breathable soft fabric earpads and memory foam provide exceptional comfort. It also has a 50 mm sound driver and virtual surround sound for precision audio as you game.

                            Keyboard and mouse are plug and play and has universal compatibility. The headphone is also compatible with different devices and games, such as PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox, Xbox ONE, Nintendo, mobiles, tablets, and laptops.

                            Although the value for money lies in using it for gaming, it works well for just any other thing that other keyboards can do.

                            Pros

                            • The keyboard is well built and looks great
                            • Keys are solid and clicky
                            • Bright LEDs are bright and come pre-configured with lots of different lighting patterns.

                            Cons

                            • The keys are light but loud
                            • The headset is a bit bulky

                            You can buy this from Amazon for $90.99.

                            10. Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                            4.2-star, 3101 Reviews

                              You already know that Logitech produces wireless keyboards and mouse combo with batteries that last up to three years at an estimated two million stroke per year of office use. You also know that their keyboard has a cushion palm rest for the comfort of your wrist.

                              What you may find interesting in this particular model is its LCD dashboard that displays the icon status of your battery, caps lock, scroll lock, and number lock all at a glance. This might be the best keyboard and mouse combo by Logitech you can find.

                              Pros

                              • The keyboard is sturdy and does not wobble on a work desk.
                              • Keys are solid and soft, making typing comfortable

                              Cons

                              • Letters might start wearing out after some months of use.
                              • Only compatible with Windows operating systems

                              You can buy this from Amazon for $49.99.

                              Bottom Line

                              You will always find a keyboard with good functionalities for a price of less than $100. It is advisable, however, to choose one that is compatible with different operating systems and can connect to different devices.

                              Find the Best Keyboard for You

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