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savesealpups
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Talent vs Motivation

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/9/2014 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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savesealpups

Pro

This debate is about the conflict between talent and motivation. I will be arguing for the importance of talent over motivation, while my opponent will be arguing for vice versa.

Round 1: Opening Statement
Round 2: Body and Opinions with Sources
Round 3: Rebuttals

Sometimes people have a skill that just comes to them. Magnus Carlsen's chess skills? Miguel Cabrera's prowess with a baseball bat in his hand? Think about a talent you have. Though both talent and motivation are key to a great future, let's compare them on a one-to-one scale.

Talent is natural; the fact that some people can do things that others can't is strongly embedded in society. Talent doesn't equal success per se, but raw talent can be refined by practice for cutting-edge expertise. No matter where you go or what you do, talent is the constant element that cannot be changed in the formula for success.
Internationalist

Con

I accept the side on con. I will argue motivation is more important than talent.

Talent is important, many people throughout history have simply had a gift for doing great things. However that talent could never have manifested itself without motivation to do something with it. Magnus Carlsen's chess skills? Pointless without the motivation to win. Beethoven's skill as a composer? Nothing without the drive to create art. Napoleon? A skill full leader that would've been just another French general had he not been ambitious.

Talent is just the tool some possess to help them with their motivations. However talentless people are still capable of great things that rival even the most talented of rivals. It's the desire to succeed that determines who comes out on top rather than the tools they possess.
Debate Round No. 1
savesealpups

Pro

savesealpups forfeited this round.
Internationalist

Con

I'd rather not win this through a forfeit because pro was unable/forgot to make an argument.
Debate Round No. 2
savesealpups

Pro

savesealpups forfeited this round.
Internationalist

Con

Just ending this quickly. Please vote a tie. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by Hierocles 3 years ago
Hierocles
savesealpupsInternationalistTied
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