Talent Free Zone

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Who is this Button for?

Men who only talk about money and sport.

Women preoccupied with appearance and the art of cosmetics.

Inhabitants of boring places.

Provocative Suggestions

Exploit all these substitutes for real talent: Beauty, money, power, effort, connections, privilege and okay - love.

Watch more TV and it will gradually dawn on you that talent is seldom needed for success.[1]


I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

(Albert Einstein)

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

(Robert Benchley)

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.

(Marlon Brando)

Something to consider

Develop the unique gift in your life.



  1. Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. This charming essay is often attributed to Ralpho Waldo Emerson but does not appear in his writngs. It is more likely to be an adaptation of an essay which in 1905 won a certain Bessie Stanley a $250 first prize for an essay called ‘What constitutes success’ Later her essay was published in a collection of essays (on success) on the opposite page to a quotation by Emerson, which is how the confusion may have arisen.