"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." - Stephen King
Many human beings are blessed with one sort of talent or another. Some are great at public speaking. Others are great at composing music. Others are very good at writing essays; some are even able to write entire novels.
Yet many so-called talented individuals have their talents consistently go to waste. Why is this? Stephen King once said the difference between a talented individual and successful individual is a lot of hard work. You can be exceptionally talented at one or more things. But, if you do not put the prerequisite work into growing your skill with your talents, you will not be able to succeed without a hell of a lot of luck.
I have consistently seen individuals that don't seem to have the talent to be successful actually succeed, at times at very high levels. Granted this is often the work of other talented individuals, often working behind the scenes, who are directing almost every step. But these not as talented individuals are willing to put the work in. Their successes aren't always sustainable, but they do happen more than you think they should.
What it boils down to is that far less talented individuals can succeed if they're willing to put in an incredible amount of work into what it is that they love. You also need to have the passion, in order to succeed. Yes, some people seem to have the ability to get lucky and have their talent lead to immediate success. But, that's extremely rare.
Talented or not, to reach success will involve a lot of failure first. Having talent can make some tasks easier. But I can't tell you how many times I see talented individuals not seem to understand what effort is needed to turn their talent into skills that will bring them success. Plus, when putting in a lot of effort, you might discover another talent you didn't even know you had.
But without the effort, your talent is basically worth table salt, as King said. People might smile at the sprinkles of talent you display occasionally. But you're not going to live your dreams without truly living and breathing your passions. Let your talents complement the efforts, not replace them.