I wrote a post a few years back that I titled “The True Secret to Success” or something close to that. It got lots of views but I suspect many people didn’t read to the end. They quickly discovered that there really is no secret to success.
For as long as there have been people, people have searched for that “secret” to success. They look for shortcuts and the easy way. The reality is that if they put as much effort into working for success as they did trying to “luck” into it they would have had success long ago.
The only place to find success is in hard work and honest effort. Anyone who tells you that you can succeed without thinking, without planning and without working will also try to sell you ocean front property in Montana. (They might also ask for your vote but that’s another story)
If you’re thinking you don’t have what it takes to succeed then think again. If you have enough desire and discipline you can be or do almost anything you want.
Actual research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. Even when you are talking about people like Tiger Woods and Warren Buffett natural talent takes a back seat to hard work and practice. Not just any hard work and practice but painful and demanding practice and hard work. Hard work again and again. Practice and more practice, over and over again.
Yes, talent helps but hard work always beats talent when the talented person doesn’t work.
We need to understand that talent doesn’t mean intelligence, motivation or personality traits. It’s an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well. British-based researchers Michael J. Howe, Jane W. Davidson and John A. Sluboda conclude in an extensive study, “The evidence we have surveyed … does not support the notion that excelling is a consequence of possessing innate gifts.”
You can make yourself into almost anything you want and you can even make yourself great.
One thing all the “greats” have in common is that no matter how “great” they are, they never stop trying to get better. They strive to grow each day and they never substitute good enough for great.
If you’re like most people, including me, and you can’t readily identify your innate gifts don’t worry about it. Get to work and you’ll soon pass up those people who were resting on their “gifts” while you were busy making the effort required to succeed.
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I share as much of your writings and coaching with my son. You have inspired me to be the best I can be from the first time I heard you speak. Thank you for being a champion for me.
Thank you so much for your kind words…there is no greater compliment to me than when someone thinks enough of my posts to share them with their children.
This is absolutely correct! Sir, I always enjoy reading your publication, submissions on social media. You’re truly inspiring many of my types, the aspiring leaders. Thanks a million sir! I’m Yusuf Musa Diga from Nigeria.
Thanks Yusuf, I’m am happy you find my posts useful!