“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

– Kevin Durant

Talent Is Only The Starting Point

“Talent is only the starting point.”

– Irving Berlin

Even if we have raw talent and aptitude for something, if we don’t put in the time to hone and improve such skills, they would be underdeveloped and unpolished. We wouldn’t reach our true potential. Or worst, our talent would be put to waste.

Doing ‘Great’ Work Is A Struggle

“Doing great work is a struggle, it’s draining, it’s demoralizing, it’s frightening – not always, but it can feel that way when we’re deep in the middle of it.”

– Ryan Holiday

Sometimes, when we are tasked to do something important, we forestall it for as long as we can because we are afraid to face for various reasons.

Perhaps it is the apparent immensity of the task. We doubt ourselves and our abilities. We are afraid that we might not live up to it – that we’re not good enough. Thus we postpone and forestall the task for as long as we can.

This is a wrong mindset. The only way to get better at something is to face our fears and take action. Postponing and forestalling our tasks will not do us any good.

As Dale Carnegie have said:

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

I know that it is easier said than done but with the right amount of effort and faith I believe that we can eventually and gradually overcome these fears and have the courage to take action.

Take it from Bruce Lee, a man of action, from every sense of the word:

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward you goal.” 

One More Push

“Work is finding yourself alone at the track when the weather kept everyone else indoors. Work is pushing through the pain and crappy first drafts and prototypes.”

– Ryan Holiday

This quote from Ryan Holiday might be a little bit too much but you get the picture, doing ‘great’ work is difficult and often pushes you to your limits. And when it does, take your time to rest for a while because working smart is just as, if not, more important than working hard.

What ‘Greatness’ Really Means

Possessing raw talent and an aptitude for something is a good thing especially if we love that thing too. But we shouldn’t stop there. We should do our best to hone and improve such skills. Why? Becausr that is the only way that we can become truly ‘great’ at something.

But remember that being ‘great’ is really just an ideal. It is something you aim at. Something that is brought to life by a mindset that is focused on getting better everyday, day in and day out.

This should be a standard that you should set for yourself. You should base it on your own metrics and notion of ‘greatness’ and not on the notion and metrics of others. When you do that, you will truly improve because you are not concern about how others see you. You know what’s important to you and that’s all that really matters. You are more concern improving, practicing, and getting better.

Be A Student For Life

Sometimes, we are tempted to think to think that we’ve ‘made it’ especially during our early years. That we know everything there is to know. We don’t need the help of others, we are sufficient on our own. But we should realize that this is a wrong mindset. This will not get any further from where we truly want to be. What we should do is to learn how to embrace the mindset of a student.

Become a student for life. Embrace the beginner’s mindset. Always learning and improving. That is when you can truly get better at what you do. When you admit to yourself that you haven’t ‘made it’ yet. That there is so much to know and so much to learn. Then you can flourish.

Thank You!

Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry! I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋


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Book excerpts are from:

Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

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