Why Talent And Effort Matters

There is no secret to becoming the best at what you do in any arena of life.

I’m going to tell you how you can get to the top. It doesn’t matter where you are or where you’ve been. But, success starts with what you do today.

To be in the top one percent of what you do it boils down to two simple things: talent and effort.

Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, LeBron James, Serena Williams and Tom Brady … they all have the same thing in common: talent and effort.

One element of talent and effort is letting your mouth get ahead of your actions. It is fine to tell people what you are going to do, but it is far better to start moving and doing before you start pounding your chest and telling the world how big you are going to be.

If you aren’t willing to work, your ceiling is going to be lower than those who go after it with great energy, vigor and the mindset that they will work until they get what they want. There is a great price to be successful. You must sacrifice time, social activities and even sleep to be among the best.

You have to ask yourself if you are willing to miss some things that “normal” people do. You can’t watch television for six hours a day and expect to be successful.

“There is a great price to be successful. You must sacrifice time, social activities and even sleep to be among the best.”

One big factor in how successful you are is what you do from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. during the week. Are you working during that time? Are you reading? Are you talking to other people who are more successful than you? From Monday until Friday, that is 30 hours that you can use to be move from where you are to get closer to where you want to be.

Will it happen overnight? Nope! It doesn’t work that way. I’m not saying you have to work all the time, but you have to be willing to give up some activities that are preventing you from growing. What you do on Saturday and Sunday matters too.

We all get the same 168 hours in a week. How you spend those hours will determine where you are headed. If you love TV, watch TV. If you want to be successful, put in the work. It’s up to you.

You can have all the talent in the world, but that doesn’t mean you will be successful. You have to put effort with the talent to be successful. The most talented people have to work hard too. The sooner you realize that, the faster you will start succeeding.

Maybe you are not that talented. I have good news for you. Effort will beat talent more often than not when talented people are not willing to work hard. Your effort can cover up most of your lack of talent. It happens all the time.

We’ve all heard about the tortoise and the hare story. Don’t walk when you are capable of running. Use everything God blessed you with. Let’s see exactly how much you are capable of doing. I hate to see people waste talent, by not putting forth their best effort. It is sad, sad, sad!

How do you know you are maximizing your talent and effort? Are you comparing yourself to people who are at the top of what they do? Find a person you can strive to be as good as. Now, don’t only compare yourself to other people. Push yourself to be your best. Maybe you are not on the level of a person you admire. Don’t beat yourself up by falling short of what others do. Ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to be successful? If the answer is yes, then you should be OK with the results you are getting. If the answer is no, you have to figure out how to change that … fast!

How do you become the best at what you do? How do you become an “A” player? How do you gain the respect of those you work with and work for? How do you live your best life?

It takes all the talent you have inside of you and it takes all the effort you can give every single day!

Success is a process. You can’t own success, but you can rent it. The problem for most people is that the rent is due daily and it can be a grind. Burnout is real for a lot of people. Those who can master the mundane and find ways to make the mundane fun are the people that win … and they win in an insanely huge way. They love the process. They love the grind. They love overcoming obstacles. They love to win. They also hate to lose. Sometimes, winners hate to lose more than they love to win, so they do every possible thing it takes to NOT lose. As a result of that mindset, they win … over and over and over … again and again!

If you think it is possible to get lucky and get rich, then I will show 100 successful people who did not get rich by having good luck. It is sweat equity and work that leads to you being successful and rich. Now, you can be blessed, work hard and find success, but I don’t buy that successful people just got lucky. Most people get what they earn. That might upset some people, but think about it. Most successful people have insane work ethic, a little bit of talent and they don’t quit. That’s why they win!

Another characteristic of successful people is that they generally surround themselves with people who are more talented than them. They also hang out with people as rich as them or richer than them. Association. One of the smartest things you can do is to surround yourself with people that are more talented and more successful than you. If you do that, it will be very hard not to grow and improve because of the people you spend the majority of your time around. That’s how you get better at what you do.

Being the best at what you do is not easy. It will be hard work. However, if you keep working and don’t give up then you will be successful.

Balance your ego with humility. Work hard and utilize your talents to the max. Help people who just need to be nudged and encouraged. Don’t be afraid of what you can’t do and focus on how much you can and will do.

11 thoughts on “Why Talent And Effort Matters

  1. Percy L Jones Sr

    The truth about life is that longer you live you realize that you have everything you need within do what you dream of ! It is scary !

    Thanks Andy

  2. Thomas Williams III

    Andy, I needed to hear that! Especially the part about continuing to work and not giving up. “Then you’ll be successful”. To me that means failure is not an option.. Thanks so much for that encouraging word.

  3. Bryant Marshall

    Love the reminder that my effort can make up for talent or lack there of. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Trust the process.

    THIS IS POWERFUL!!!

  4. Vicky Ferkel

    This is good mentoring and realization.
    It is also very TRUE!
    Thank You,reading this is a positive way to start my day! 🙂

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