Dedication, Hard Work Plus Patience
Without a strong work ethic, talent only gets you so far. But compared to others who are not so talented and do not have a great work ethic, talented people achieve more results. But people who work harder get even farther! This is because an excellent work ethic delivers results after much repetition; talent just makes things easier to a certain extent.
Do not rely only on your talent. For instance, if you have a child who is extremely talented in a sport, he or she needs to adopt a strong work ethic in order to maximum their potential. There are so many gifted athletes who are just as talented as your child and work very hard! Talent cannot be solely relied upon.
And the other way around also applies: no talent but a great work ethic is sometimes just not enough. But at least you know that you are giving it your all! There is no shame when you put in the work but cannot achieve the results that you desire, but shame starts to creep in when you do not give your best effort and start to fail in return!
The problem with just relying on talent is that it does not maximize your full potential. For instance, there are so many talented tennis juniors that bring a great game to the court. But if only they had a better work ethic and worked harder on and off the court, they would have a shot at playing for a division one school or maybe even the pros.
No matter what avenue you decide to take in life, remember to maximize your potential by instilling an excellent work ethic on top of your innate talent. And do not give up after working hard and not seeing the results you want; it takes dedication and patience to see the results pile in! When you start reaping results from all those long hours of hard work, it starts to feel bitter sweet and you obtain even more motivation and drive to work harder and climb up the ladder of success!
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