We’ve Got Talent, Yes We Do, We’ve Got Talent, What About You?

Kevin Wanke
6 min readOct 12, 2021
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No, this isn’t a high school football game. Yes, this was channeled in the spirit of cheering everyone on.

However, instead of spirit, we need to talk about talent.

Inspiration comes from many places and will strike when you least expect it. Today, it came in the form of scrolling through one of my daily read websites.

This one was The Verge. While looking over the daily tech news they had a Vox Media careers blub nestled among the regular news about crypto-this and Apple that.

It simply read: “We’re building great things, and we need your talent

This text registered in my vision, but not enough to stop my finger from continuing to turn the scroll wheel on my mouse.

It wasn’t until that title had scrolled off the screen that it hit me.

This isn’t about getting a job. This isn’t about looking for a job. Working for Vox media probably isn’t the right place for me and I am not even out looking for a new role.

However, this is ALL about talent.

Talent is that magical stuff that elevates you and your work to another level.

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This isn’t about being the best programmer or Engineer or manager.

Talent is something wholly different.

Talent encompasses your ability to perform and function in your chosen role and to go above and beyond to provide the highest amount of value possible.

In short, talent is what allows you to punch well above your weight at what you do.

It should be noted that this is a whole different discussion than the one about finding the motivation and wherewithal to continuously perform at a high level all the time and justify having a high measure of talent.

This discussion is simply all about having that innate ability to tackle any task, project, or challenge and find a way to be successful with it.

Sounds easy, right?

Kevin Wanke

Engineer. Manager. Dadmin. Wanna-be Writer. Editor-In-Chief & Grand Poobah of www.kevinwanke.com