I haven’t been a coach for very long, but I’ve been around enough kids playing sports from t-ball to high school to know that there are those who are talented, and those who put in the extra work to be great. Those who live on talent alone are often surprised when eventually they are beaten by someone who works much harder than them. It takes more than talent. It takes the drive to work hard.
Just because you were born talented doesn’t mean you are the best, there will be someone working harder than you, that person will succeed.” ~author unknown
For instance, I knew a high school kid who loved baseball. From a very young age he was a gifted hitter, and a great all around player. Through his involvement in community league baseball, his travel baseball team, to his early school team sports, he often outshined other teammates, whether it was hitting or fielding. He was born talented. That talent got him noticed and people often told him how great he was.
In high school he got to play the shortstop position. He played with the usual effort, leaning on his talent. He didn’t put the extra effort into practice time… coming early… staying late… getting extra batting practice in… taking in all the infield practice he could. He was already great... why spend the extra time? It was only a matter of time before he was beat out at shortstop by a kid that was known to be an average player growing up.
See, the average player wanted it more. Though he merely wanted to play second base, his hard work before, during, and after practice, on the field and in the batting cages… when other kids wanted to go home… go to a party… go hang out… eventually paid off. The average kid not only took away the starting shortstop position from the talented kid, but his batting average was better too. And the most important part… the talented kid was surprised when he lost his infield spot. He thought he was the guy that should be there... but he didn’t put in the work.
Actor Will Smith was once asked in an interview, “what is the secret to your success?” He stated,
“I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked. You may be more talented than me. You might be smarter than me. And you may be better looking than me. But if we get on a treadmill together you are going to get off first or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple. I’m not going to be outworked.”
So talent is a great thing to possess. But talent only gets you so far. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard!
The same thing goes for being a success in the business world. As an aspiring entrepreneur dreaming of becoming a success ask yourself, “am I putting in the work? Am I wanting it so bad I put it above all the other stuff I want to do?” Are you thinking about being a success… or are you going to be a success?
What’s the difference? What does it REALLY take to be successful? In the video below, Eric Thomas, a motivational speaker, tells you what it takes to achieve success in this great video. Take a moment to watch “How Bad Do You Want It”
As a small business owner are you putting in the extra work? Are you a ‘wanna be' entrepreneur or are you scratching and clawing, never giving up, pushing through, missing sleep, in order to succeed entrepreneur? Is it time for you to go beyond just depending on your talent and just getting by. Is it time for you to put in the work to be that success you dream of.
Now is the time to put in the work. You need to want the success like you want to breathe if you were being held under water.
It’s your time!Lee Cloer, SiteDart Author