Persistence Beats Talent

If talent is lazy.

May 11, 2017

Persistence is a key factor to success. Picking something and sticking to it.

The people who spend 80 hours a week for 20 years while getting good constructive feedback and focusing on the right goals will be very successful.

At the same time, someone with natural talent that spends that amount of time might be even more successful.

But if a very talented person never puts in the work and never does the things it takes to be successful (like discipline, leadership, character and others), they can’t guarantee success.

Your natural talent will only take you so far.

At some point, other people need to be involved. Other skills need to be learned.

If you think that because you are good at something you are going to just get paid to do it, think again.

At the same time, like I said in my last post, emphasize your strengths.

But it takes a lot of planning, time and effort to be in a place where people will pay for your skill.

If you don’t feel like you are good at anything — I have good news. Persistence beats talent.

At the end of the day, it’s the person who works the hardest that will win.

If you want to become something, work super hard at it. Watch what happens when you show up everyday for two years.

Push through the growth period when you are learning something new and have no audience.

Be prolific, even. Put in the work every day. Make people marvel at your work ethic. Don’t stop until you have what you want.