5 Ways Hard Work Beats Talent

If you work harder than everyone under you or above you, success is guaranteed. Nothing commands respect more than a good work ethic. This means being the first one at the office in the morning and the last one to leave in the evening. Putting in the hours is important but completing massive action during your hours in the office is huge.  There are so many people in the office just banking hours but not accomplishing anything.  Why be in the office if you are not getting things done and getting massive action?

  1. Hard work beats talent over the long run and it’s the sustaining factor that will push you to the top of your industry and keep you there!

Talent is defined as the natural ability or capacity to perform a function. When you possess talent in a given area, you are gifted with the inherent ability needed to perform a skill or display a specific quality. But this only means you have the raw mechanism.

So, you have the ability needed to perform the skills, but until you learn how to efficiently and effectively use, manage, and control these resources, you will not be able to perform or use those talents at the highest levels.

This is where hard work becomes the demarcation point, as hard work applied to your natural talents and instincts will take you to levels others may never attain. Talent alone will not get you to the top of your industry, you must perfect your Talents through Hard Work consisting of­ practice, training, and exerting effort.

If you fail to take steps to gain experience, education, and training as it relates to your talent, your natural ability will not shine, and others will surpass you.

Having talent is special, unique, and your hidden gem, hard work beats talent and is the sustaining factor that will push you to the top of your industry.

2. Talent needs fuel/energy in the form of Hard Work to shine brightly and remain vibrant.

Talent truly is a gift, it gives you a head start, but if you stop to smell the roses you will get beat to the finish line, you must keep churning. Look at successful people in the worlds of sports, art, or entertainment; they don’t rest on their laurels. Instead, they are constantly honing their talent/craft and working to stay relevant in their field. For all their accomplishments and accolades, I think Michael Jordan NBA Hall-of fame basketball player, and Tom Brady NFL top player are good examples of the importance of continuing to work hard even if you are gifted with special talents and natural abilities.  It is rare to hear about a superstar in any industry that is not associated with stories of tenacious work ethic.

You can have all the talent in the world, but if you are not working hard to keep it active and demonstrate it to others, you will miss the opportunity to achieve the level of success that you can reach. When you work hard, your talent becomes your wildcard that secret sauce that you use to your advantage.

If you are not working hard, that talent remains latent and diminishes over time to average or below average. While it might look great on the surface, it isn’t providing any necessary or critical function – it becomes useless.

3. Hard work is the separating factor – the energy that fuels our skills, ambitions, desires, and talents to shine brighter than a diamond.

Hard work is the catalyst to winning in almost any situation as hard work is that primary and sustaining factor that gives you the edge to make your performances exemplary and propel you ahead of the competition.

Practice and preparation you use to hone and enhance your natural skills and abilities make up hard work. So, hard work is the thing that gets to the finish line ahead of others.

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare had all the talent, and natural ability, to outrun the tortoise but the hare lost sight, neglected hard work, and did not pay attention to how the competition was preparing and carrying out the task at hand.

The tortoise just kept his nose to the ground and kept pressing on, working hard and grasping the opportunity while the hare opened the door by losing sight of the finish line. In the end, the tortoise prevailed because the tortoise was focused on the hare lost because he believed his talent was insurmountable.

The tortoise kept exerting effort at a pace he could handle while the hare took a break after a short burst of effort and what seemed like a big lead. By keeping his mind and eyes on the goals and remaining engaged in the endeavor, the tortoise prevailed despite the natural ability and talent of the hare.

Top performers in any industry study and practice day in and day out to hone their craft and perfect their craft. The greats are continually assessing or evaluating functions and formulas to create new methods or improve the methods we use. Like a shark that must keep moving to stay alive top professionals are constantly familiarizing themselves with new concepts and rulings to use to stay ahead in their field.

You would be hard-pressed to identify an area where simply resting on your laurels and never working hard to keep your talent functioning or finding ways to improve keeps you ahead of the competition. Hard work is a requirement for winning and staying successful regardless of your talent level.

4. Hard work beats talent every time!

While talent is the hidden factor and something of a wildcard that can be used as an edge to succeed, it is nothing without hard work.

Hard work is the strengthening factor that keeps you going and performing at high levels for prolonged periods. Talent gives us the spark but hard work allows us to create a flame that will burn for a long time.

Talent can get attention and exposure. Your natural abilities can get you initial recognition and allow for possibilities and opportunities to come your way. Talent may seem rare but really it is short-lived without the hard work to feed it. However, hard work is the factor that gives you the tools to grasp those possibilities and then shape or transform them into realities.

Whether your talent is exceptional, or your natural ability is average, hard work keeps you viable and allows you to develop your potential so that your performance is above expectations.