Re:SAT essay - do you need to have more talent or more motivation to succeed?
Sample Essay - Score of 6
To me, being an expert means being successful, and achieving success requires lots of hard work, time, and practice. This is true regardless of what you pursue, from running to drawing, acting to skating, teaching to dancing. Yet expertise and success don’t come from skill alone. To truly succeed, you need to have at least as much motivation as talent, because if you don’t possess the desire to do something, your talent may simply wither from neglect, and people who prove this to be the case include Jewel and my sister.
Pop singer Jewel has a critically acclaimed voice and song-writing skills. She’s won awards for her songs and succeeded in the music business. Yet she didn’t achieve fame and fortune simply with her talent. Instead, she struggled and worked incredibly hard for many years before she ever found success. In fact, at one point she was living in her car because she didn’t have enough money to support herself, but she never gave up or stopped believing in her dream to play guitar and sing. Jewel’s strong motivation and drive finally paid off when she was “discovered” by a music producer and recorded albums and recorded albums that showed off her talent and sold well to the general public, making her a successful expert in her field.
My sister is a contrast to Jewel’s effective combination of talent and motivation. When she was little, my sister showed natural talent as a dancer, and parents enrolled her in classes to develop her talent. My sister, however, didn’t care about dancing, so she never practiced or put any effort into her classes. Eventually, my parents realized that they were wasting their money to pay for her training because even though she had talent she didn’t possess the motivation to support her talent. My sister’s lack of will meant that her talent became useless, because she needed to work to transform her talent into true skill and expertise in order to achieve success, but she didn’t have the motivation to follow through with this.
By looking at the contrasting examples of Jewel and my sister, both with natural talent but only one with the matching will to succeed, you can see that motivation is the critical factor for success or expertise in a field. You can only really make full use of your talent if you have the will to succeed.
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