Answers.com describes talent as
- A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment.
- a. Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality. b. A person or group of people having such ability: The company makes good use of its talent.
- A variable unit of weight and money used in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle East.
Next, their definition of skill:
- Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience. See synonyms at ability.
- An art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body.
- A developed talent or ability: writing skills.
What am I talking about?
Lately I’ve had some compliments on my sewing. The people say, “You are so talented.” I reply with a “Thank you.” Inside my head is another conversation going on. I don’t consider my sewing abilities a talent. I consider it a learned skill. I’m of the belief that just about anyone could sew if shown how. Yes, even guys – there are tailors you know.
I can see where an artist would have natural talent for combining colors, designs, and such. That seems different than picking material you like and making some clothes.
So, should I look at sewing as a talent? It’s obviously not the third definition. It is knowledge that I’ve learned. A craft I practice.
Once you figure that out…What about playing a musical instrument? Is it a “marked, innate ability” or a “proficiency developed through training?”