How Talent Holds You Back

What is it that separates those who perform at exceptional levels, achieve amazing results and are thought of as all-stars, from the average Joe?

In sports, the answer is pretty obvious. Sheer talent and hard work are the formula. For the rest of us (mere mortals), not getting paid millions to hit a ball, jump really high or run really fast … how much of a difference does talent make?

I submit that talent is actually an unconscious negative for many people. How is that possible you say!? Because, talent can do just about anything and thus talent tries to do everything.

Is “EVERYTHING” what you should be doing? 
Is “EVERYTHING” the best use of your time? 
Is “EVERYTHING” the greatest contribution to your business, your health, your family?

Likely, it is not.

People who aren’t exceedingly talented can and do achieve tremendous results.

How?

Leverage.

They have learned to utilize the resources available to them to produce, achieve and deliver more than the average. They empower others, pay for assistance and actually eliminate their weaknesses rather than putting the exhausting effort into doing things at which they are not good and don’t love. They focus their energy on doing only the things they can do and they learn to do those things exceedingly well.

Talent works hard, leverage works smart.

You are talented, accept it.

Now, what are the most important ways in which your talent can be applied to live the life and run the business you want? Find a way to eliminate the rest. Find your leverage. It may not happen overnight, but recognize you are simply developing a new skill that is uncomfortable.

The skill of knowing you don’t need to do it all.