What pays off – Hard-work or talent?

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There’s a saying by Robert Griffin III where he says, “Hard work pays off – hard work beats talent any day, but if you’re talented and work hard, it’s hard to be beat.”

So, what really wins…sheer hard work or absolute talent?  

I believe it’s a good combination of both. You may be gifted, but successful people wouldn’t be where they are today without having insane work ethics. On the contrary, you may think that success is only available to people who are naturally gifted or people who are ‘born lucky’. Many people say this of successful people. It may sometimes be the case, but for the most part, it’s the result of very hard work.

I’m a perfectionist myself. You may be saying, I’m boastful but getting to the top is not easy. We have to work hard to achieve great things. Talent means a natural tendency to be good at a particular thing. It can vary from person to person, but it generally means a ‘knack’ for something.

Talent can be built and ‘grown’ with hard work, but it’s usually the natural sort of ‘gift’ for a particular thing. People who could be said to have talent are people who have achieved greatness at their particular area of interest in life.

The subject of this post however, is to explain that talent isn’t the whole story.

Talent is the fuel for the fire, it will kick-start you towards success and make things easier to get going in the beginning but if you have some who is very talented but doesn’t work hard, and someone who is not talented but works really hard, the person who works hard is usually going to succeed more.

Look at it this way, let’s say you have two people competing for a race. One person has come from a long line of successful, fast runners and has always excelled in sports and running throughout their life, they’re a natural and have great fast twitch leg muscles. Then look at another person, who does not come from a line of winners, but instead has worked hard from the start, always struggling but never given up.

The second person although lacking in talent has a determination and drive like no other. He NEVER gives up and while the ‘natural talent’ might get up at 7 to train for the race, the other guy is getting up at 3 in the morning. He’s working HARDER and putting more effort and focus into the whole thing, and therefore he’s likely to beat the guy with talent.

It’s a simple thing to understand really, if one guy’s getting up at 7, and the other at 3, the guy waking up at 3 to work on the skill of running in this example, has more time to train. They have more time to practice and improve, and when they’ve run the practice race 2-3 times, the other naturally talented guy is only just waking up.

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

There are many people who although talented, have wasted their gifts and just not worked hard to support themselves. These types of people might be famous and well known, but in the long term and the bigger picture, fade into the background when really skillful and ‘hard working’ people come into the scene.

It boils down to your work ethic and how much effort you’re willing to put into something. As many people know, with life, you get what you put into it, so if you’ve got something you’re aiming for, something you want to do, work hard and you’ll create your own talent.

Talent is thought of as a gift for something. A aptitude that’s a cut above the rest and lets the individual really excel at the task in question but talent doesn’t always come naturally. Sometimes, by working hard people can develop talent and what seems to be a gift is in fact just the result of working REALLY hard for a long time. Many famous people are famous not because they’ve hit ‘overnight success’ but because behind the scenes they’ve been working really hard.

Create your own talent by working hard!

The more work you put into something the more you’ll get out. If you want to become a really fit, athletic person then workout. Eat the right food and although you may not have a natural ‘talent’ or aptitude for it at first in time and with a focused amount of really hard work you’ll become a master.

People will consider you talented but what’s really happened is that you’ve become a master through repetition, belief and hard work! It’s the best way to be because then you know that when you’ve ‘made it’ in whatever avenue of life you’re going down, it’s well deserved. You’ve fought your way to the top and now you can enjoy ruling.

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