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Talent vs. Effort

Talent vs. Effort

A very important lesson that you should learn on your road to success is the difference between talent and effort.  My focus is not on talent level but on EFFORT. Of course talent is important, but effort exceeds all else. There are people who were extremely talented and yet never lived up to their potential because they weren’t willing to put forth the required effort. On the other hand, there are also numerous people who overachieved because they took what talent they had and then worked their tail off to excel.

Will Smith and Ray Lewis explain the difference between talent and effort(skill).

 Will Smith

“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally, skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of hard work”

“There is no easy way around it, no matter how talented you are. Your talent is going to fail you if you are not skilled. If you don’t study, if you don’t work hard and dedicated yourself to being better everyday.”

“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularry talented. Where I excel is ridiculous sickening work effort. While the other guy is sleeping, while the other guy is eating, I’m working”

“The only thing that I see that is distinguishably different about me is that I am not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked. Period. You might have more talent then me. You might be smarter then me, you might be sexier then me, you might be all of that things you got it on me in 9 different categories. But if we get on a treadmill together. There is two things, you are getting of first, or I am going to die. You are not going to outwork me. It is such a simple basic concept.”

Ray Lewis

“There is no person in my team in 16 years that is consistently beat me to the ball every play. That ain’t got nothing to do with talent, that’s just got everything to do with EFFORT. Nothing else. 15 straight years, 12 pro balls later, if you want numbers. I’ve seen all of it, and the only thing that kept me around was my effort. All I ever knew was effort would get me seen on tape, effort would get me notice to get to the league. Effort would one day take care of my mom and my kids. Effort, which is between you and you. Nobody else can give you effort. Effort is what’s inside!”

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