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People with talents: BORN OR MADE?


Paulaine07 1 / 2  
Jan 12, 2011   #1
Hi i've been practicing for my upcoming IELTS examination and i would like to ask some of your feedbacks regarding one topic i came across during my review.

It is general believed that some people are born with certain talents, for instance for sport, music, and other are not. However, it is sometimes claimed that any child can be taught to become a good sport person or musician.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Nature versus nurture has been a very controversial and popular subject of debates nowadays. People believe that particular individuals possess a specific and unique DNA that would mold them to become "somebody" in the future.It is without a doubt that some great artists, politicians and other personalities come from families who have the same skills they possess. This is why it is believed that talents are innate to some people. On the other hand, some are against this. Many also stick to the fact that each individual are born equally. Each by whom to be shaped and raised to acquire the skills and talents they will share to the world as they grow up.

For me, each of us are born with multitude of gifts. Some just don't realize it. From the very first day of our existence we are bound to do something great. However, we need to be nurtured in order for us to reach our full potential. Like a seed,we need to be watered and taken care of in order to grow to become a fruitful plant.We may have talents, but it is essential that we, and the people around us will recognize it. Being born to parents who will shape us as well as living in a particular environment will predispose one to focus on certain activities. One should be taught to be able to enhance his own potentials.Some people whom we label as "talented" have been privileged enough to get these opportunities while growing up, that is why their skills are prominent than the others.If one is able to concentrate and give a full dedication in his strengths,chances are, it would make him one of the greatest in the future.

Of course, talent is useless without hard work. Some of the greatest scientists and athletes of all time spend sleepless nights just to reach their goals. Talent takes effort and determination. Sports athletes and musicians don't earn a lot of money by merely playing and performing. There are too much behind what we see in our television sets or what we read on newspapers. I have seen and read few autobiographies of famous people and each one had a common denominator: PERSEVERANCE. They were blessed to have developed talents starting from their childhood years so as they grew up, they put more effort into it not only because of the desire to become famous but also the desire to inspire people.

In conclusion, i strongly believe that nature and nurture goes hand in hand. Without the other, it wouldn't work. If we see our child who has potentials, it is indeed our responsibility to raise them in such a way that they would become better individuals in the future that would make us proud of.
mariatateno 6 / 35  
Jan 12, 2011   #2
Lot's of people use the "like a seed into a plant" metaphor. Although it works in your case, it's not very original...

Maybe make the conclusion a bit longer and say why you think so.

please take a look at my UNC essay (expressing inner world)
OP Paulaine07 1 / 2  
Jan 13, 2011   #3
Thank you very much, perhaps i can use Albert Einstein as my example? What do you think? I really can't think of anyone suited perfectly. Do you have any suggestions?


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