Talent Series: Trust in the Sauce!

“Get lost in the Sauce!” — Gucci Mane

Recently whilst watching Sky News, learning about a humble Scottish couple who won a meager £33m. My colleagues, friends, family and I all shared that all too often thought around “what I would do if I won the lottery”. My usual stance in that discussion is that I only need a fraction of that money to make a difference in my life and the lives of those around me. That’s actually false. Truth is, I never have and never will play the lottery so the probability of me winning the lottery is non existent. Winning money in one lump some defeats the Purpose. If I won it 10 years ago, I would have probably never graduated from university, delivered transferable skills workshops to transform the lives of young people from deprived communities, travel to over 30 countries for work and leisure in the last 5 years, learn about my USP and how I add value through a diversity of thought and the list could go on. What I am describing here is the journey, also known as the Sauce.

The Sauce

The sauce is a way of describing the confidence (at times mistaken for arrogance) from people who have unshakable belief in there ability to make things happen through trusting in the process. It is not a natural ability you are born with like talent, height, eye colour or any genetic hand me downs from your parents. It’s about getting lost in the love of what you do and why you do it, which may or may not lead to financial gain. Its hard to assess someone based on statistics or qualifications to whether they have the potential to become more than they appear to be today. During my time in Oakland in 2015, I learned about an individual whose work ethic and hard work in training embodies the Sauce in its finest form, the 2015 World Champion and NBA MVP. Below is a video that describes Stephen Curry’s 2009 Scout Report:

The Talent Scout clearly wrote Stephen Curry off at his ‘interview’ yet Curry like many young people from deprived communities proved the statistics, and primary analysis cannot always be taken on face value. We must think different in order to assess those who are different and do not conform to conventional metrics. In fact scout reports like this, enable someone who trusts in the process to push on harder and more to achieve the goal of proving doubters wrong and becoming exactly who they professed they would be. I could have easily called upon others like Conor McGregor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Muhammad Ali or Will Smith, the truth remains that there is something special about getting lost in the process and enjoying the journey!

“Take the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” — MLK

May the Sauce be with you!

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