Any day, anytime…I will chose hard work over talent!
I believe the worst ideology that have been passed down to generations is the belief that ultimate success is a product of raw talent. As a teenager trying to answer the ‘who, what, and why’ questions of life; I found myself slowly sinking into depression. I didn’t think I had the raw talent to become the person I dreamt to be…
So many people are like that. I have had people work up to me in total confusion; simply because they didn’t know what they want to be in life. When I ask them to mention the craziest career choice that first pops to their mind, they become sad because they don’t see themselves with the raw talent to become what they see…
Why it is okay to have natural skills in a field, we must be careful not to overemphasize its importance, less it becomes a bogus lie. Talents or skills are not determining factor in success; it may be a starting point to success, but it cannot produce ultimate success. What matters most is one’s willingness to devote time to deliberate practice and mastery of skills.
Some leaders are born while some are made; in the same way, some skills come naturally and those same skills can be cultivated. In either case, if you don’t work hard to perfect a skill, you can never be a master in that field.
When I am privilege to speak in seminars about self-development, I take deliberate effort to magnify the need for passion, hard work, commitment and perseverance. I try not to lay much emphasis on raw talent, because a man with great determination and less talent will always outwit the one with great talent and less determination.
No success story was written on raw skill. I am yet to see a successful man credit his entire success to just raw talents. Look at the lives of the men and women you admire, you would see that the defining factor in their success story was hard work, persistent and commitment.
Michael Jordan, who is arguably the best basket ball player that has ever lived, was a product of hard work and commitment. According to his long time coach Phil Jackson, Jordan’s ‘defining characteristics was not what made him a legend, but his humility to know he had to work consistently to be the best’. He also said that Jordan spent all his off seasons taking hundreds of jumper a day till he was perfect.
Starbucks CEO was what you would call a workaholic in the early days of his career. He would leave for work by 6am and returned by 7pm. But it didn’t end there, he continued with his work even at home!
Success is a product of commitment, perseverance and hard work. Unlike what some people say, I don’t believe that raw talent is the starting point of any success story; I believe passion/desire is…if you have the burning desire to do something, or become anybody in life; I say go for it!
Don’t let people deceive you into believing that you need to have raw talents to succeed in a field; if you have the desire to be in a field, then go and master the necessary skills you need to be the best in that field.
I leave you with these words: it is not always the smartest man that succeeds in life; but the man with bull dog tenacity who perseveres and never gives up!
Have a blissful day…
Okay friends, let’s hear your story; have you ever had an experience that made you believe that hard work will always outwit raw talent? We would love to share that experience with you…remember, LONIXE is a family.