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5 Simple Differences Between Talents And Skills
By Engr Enumah Ikechukwu N

What's the major difference between having talent and having a skill?

Talent = innate ability

Skills = are specific and are developed with practice.

Yes, talent is considered innate and natural while skill is developed with practice. Calling a performer (like an actor or musician) "skilled" emphasizes the technical aspect of their work and may even be an insult, while calling them talented is always a compliment.  Saying, "Bella is skilled" implies some particular skill is relevant to the conversation, while saying "Bella is talented" doesn't imply any particular talent; perhaps it means she has a remarkable array of talents.


While talent is an inborn ability or natural aptitude of a person which is often hidden and needs recognition. It means, being good in a certain activity, without actually learning or acquiring it.

Skill is a learned ability, and it can be developed in someone if he/she put his time and efforts in it. The efforts need to be voluntary, systematic and sustained, to acquire a skill and satisfactorily undertake various tasks and activities. 


Key Differences Between Talent and Skill

There are a few briefly explained differences between talent and skill 


1. The term talent refers to an inborn and special ability of a person to do something. A skill is an expertise, which is acquired by the person through learning and constant practice.

2. Talent is God gifted ability, whereas Skill is an ability in which you put your time and efforts to develop.

3. Talent is often possessed by a limited number of people. On the other hand, any person can learn a particular skill, if he has the capacity, capability, and willingness.

4. Talent is hidden, that is why it needs recognition. As opposed to Skill, requires development, which can only be possible through practice.5. 

5. Coaching may prove helpful in getting the best out of someone i.e. talent. Conversely, training is necessary for acquiring a skill, to put your best into something useful.

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