Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.
I’m reading (err I mean listening via Audible) a great book called, Grit, by Angela Duckworth. I highly recommend it. I wanted to share an excerpt from the book that is simple yet powerful:
Talent x Effort = Skill
Skill x Effort = Achievement
Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort.
Achievement is what happens when you take your acquired skills and use them.
Talent is what you have naturally. Skill is what you develop over hours and hours of practice.
Without Effort, Talent is unmet potential.
Without Effort, Skill is what you could’ve done but didn’t.
Effort turns Talent into Skill and Effort makes Skill productive.
One thing I’d add to the above is that anyone can put effort into something once. Or a few times for that matter. Effort depends on consistency. Consistency in terms of commitment. Consistency in terms of preparation. Consistency in terms of work ethic. Consistency in terms of perseverance.
If we can be consistent in our effort (which ALL of us are capable of), we will develop the necessary skill to do amazing things.