No Such Thing as Natural Talent: How Hard Work and Determination Can Help Your Child Excel in Anything.

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As a parent, it’s natural to have aspirations for your child’s future. Perhaps you have visions of your little one becoming the next cricketing sensation like Virat Kohli or the badminton champion like PV Sindhu. Maybe you dream of your child stepping into the boxing ring like Mary Kom or wielding the bat like Sachin Tendulkar. Whatever your dream for your child may be, it’s important to remember that with your guidance and support, it’s entirely possible for them to reach their goals.

Parenting is a multifaceted role that involves shaping a child’s character, encouraging their interests, and providing them with opportunities to grow and learn. It’s through this nurturing process that children can develop the skills and qualities necessary to excel in their chosen fields. Whether it’s through enrolling your child in sports classes or music lessons, providing them with the necessary resources to study, or simply encouraging them to pursue their passions, you can play a pivotal role in helping your child achieve their dreams.

Of course, it’s not just about providing your child with the means to succeed. It’s equally important to instill in them the values of hard work, determination, and perseverance. These are the qualities that drive successful individuals and will help your child to overcome obstacles and setbacks along their journey. By emphasizing the importance of effort and grit, you can help your child develop a strong work ethic that will serve them well in all aspects of life.

We often put a lot of effort into educating our children to become engineers, doctors, or even join the defense services, but when it comes to sports or music, we tend to halt our thinking. However, with the right teaching, training, and coaching, anything is possible. It’s essential to start teaching your child sports or music from an early age, and as a parent, you need to dedicate yourself to it. Children below ten years old are at a crucial stage in their development, so it’s important to decide what you want your child to become and how much time you’re willing to dedicate to it.

Remember, sports stars like Virat Kohli and PV Sindhu weren’t born with natural talent. They were trained every step of the way, starting at an early age. If you want your child to become a superstar in their chosen field, you need to be ready to give that much time, energy, and effort. The book “Bounce” by Matthew Syed further illustrates that there’s no such thing as natural born talent. Anyone can become an expert in anything with the right mindset, motivation, practice, and opportunity. To become an expert, you need to practice purposefully for ten thousand hours under the right coach at the right time.

Excellence is about striving for what’s just out of reach and grappling with tasks beyond our current limitations, falling short again and again. It’s all about our belief system. If we can dream the impossible, we can achieve anything we want.

In conclusion, every child has the potential to become anything that you can imagine as a parent. Don’t let the myth of talent hold you back. With dedication and hard work, your child’s basic abilities can be developed to extraordinary levels. So, start teaching your child sports or music from an early age, and be ready to dedicate yourself to their development. With the right coaching and hard work, your child can achieve anything they set their mind to.

About author : Mr. Harrish M Bhatia is the President of Sales and Marketing at Dainik Bhaskar Group. He has a successful career of 38 years and has worked with several well-known corporations in the consumer durable and media & entertainment sectors. He has been associated with Dainik Bhaskar Group for over 20 years and has led the launch of several successful initiatives, including 94.3 MY FM. He is a respected corporate leader, author, and opinion maker, and has won many awards for his innovative marketing strategies. He is also a mentor and guest lecturer, and has authored two books.

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