We all are familiar with the word talent. Talent is considered to be an innate, built-in, born with, personal gift possessed by comparatively few people. In quintessence, someone with talent has an aptitude to do certain things which others either can’t do or do more effectively or efficiently. Talent is not the same as skill. A skill is believed to be more of learned process rather than innate.
We usually find many people around us having numerously diversified talent. For instance, shrewd entrepreneurial abilities, leadership, sporting, literary and entertaining abilities such as acting or singing.
You may have heard the term “Talent Hunting” coined by two words, talent and hunting. Hunt literally means to pursue, to chase and to stalk. So the term talent hunt means to uncover, to find, to chase the talent. Throughout the world talent hunting programs are organized to nurture budding talent and sublime it to best output.
Like the rest of the world, in Pakistan talent hunting programs are also running. I’m not going to comment on these programs. My concern is with the other kind of talent hunting i.e. hunting down (kill) the talent. In Pakistan, there are several ways of hunting down talent which includes suppression of talent under some pressure i.e. peer or parental, shyness and it may due to envious behavior of others. I consider shyness the bigger culprit of all. Those people who are shy to display their talent have constructed a powerful defense mechanism. This mechanism may appear in many different forms. It can be severely underestimating or a kind of self-denial from that gifted talent.
We Pakistanis just “Hunt Down” the talent in its verbatim essence. We approach it like, Find…Aim…Hunt (Shoot), rather we should “Find…Aim…Lock…Streamline”
Author is MS scholar of Management Science
Member Youth Parliament Pakistan (Sargodha Youth Assembly).