• Dounia Bennekrouf

Which is more important: talent or hard work?

Dounia debates whether hard work or talent is more important in the workplace.


As we know, success requires a lot of patience, and challenging work. But, sometimes you find those extremely talented people who succeed even in challenging occupations. Then, you also find those people that work extremely hard. Let's explore whether the secret to succeeding is hard work or talent.

In our lives, we encounter people with high skills and accuracy in work. You find them successful and valuable in the community, achieving the things they always want. They work effortlessly, so they are called talented. By definition, a talented person is a gifted person with an unusual willingness, ability, or performance distinct from the rest of his or her peers in one or more of the areas valued by society, especially in the areas of innovative thinking.


Many types of talent exist around us, such as verbal linguistic talent, meaning one can clearly express thoughts in an organized and unique way through weighted thoughts. Digital talent is the tremendous ability to deal with technology, which is almost everywhere in our current society. Spatial talent is defined as the ability of some individuals to move in empty space and transform it creatively, which is common among artists. Personal or emotional talent is when a person can recognize emotions, and can communicate well with others.

As for hard work, it comes with determination and solving the problematic situations that face us in the work environment. Individuals can put in sufficient effort and energy to achieve success by planning, acquiring skills, and researching, ultimately performing well in the workplace. A hard-working person is always trying to improve, problem-solve, and advance forward.

However, when coming back to the question of whether talent or hard work is more important, we need to examine how countries measure success and development. All countries measure their development by the percentage of their employment and the unemployment rate. So, there is no doubt that talent alone is not enough. Hard work translates into having a job, and in a professional sense, that means you're successful. Talent is enough in the short term, such as having a great drawing ability as a child, but unless you preserve it with hard work and dedication, there is no doubt that you will lose it.

In a work environment, talent is not enough to achieve success. Work requires seriousness and discipline. Talent and hard work complement each other. The quality and nature of work determine the importance of talent. Therefore, all fields need the common factor of hard work to bring success and ensure continuity and survival, which can ultimately lead to talent. Ultimately, successful people work hard, persevere, and gain newfound talents which they can use in the workplace.