Is Talent Necessary for Success?

We live in a world where they praise those “gifted” individuals without actually knowing if it’s talent or hard work, I can assure you that 99% of the time is hard work. We humans aren’t born with a gift or talent to play tennis or to do Olympic diving, it’s purely dedication and hard work, you could think of the 10000 hour rule as a way to master something by hard work and dedication.

Sometimes it’ll take more time, sometimes less, but in the end its just plain old hard work and discipline.

You can argue if you watch sports that some players were born with it but if you search what they do and what they did, you’d be surprised at how much work they put into that specific passion.

Roger Federer in an interview once said that if he hadn’t been training how he did he would have probably never made it that far.

And if you keep looking at other players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and so on, you can see that what they did was above everyone else.

You can see this in different places not only tennis, it can be soccer with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It can be music with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai (highly recommended if you haven’t heard of them before)

What they did was keep doing what they loved with consistency and determination, this followed by the sacrifices they made in order to do that.

What separates us from those world-class athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians and so on is the time put into that passion.

It’s not talent, it’s hard work, consistency and time.

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