One thing I love about gongfu is that it is anti-talent.  I have a group of about thirty 8 and 9 year olds that I have been teaching twice a week for a year.  At the beginning of the year there were two students who showed talent in their abilities to pick up new movement, to perform it, and to comprehend it.  Neither of those two students are at the top of the class now.
I know I didn't have talent, and I'm pretty sure none of my teachers had it either.   George Xu used to say that you can't tell how good the fruit is going to be by looking at at  the unopened bud of a flower.   It could be a  pretty sorry looking bud and still produce a tasty fruit,  and sometimes the most beautiful flower produces no fruit at all.