WHY Talent is Not All You Need to Succeed.


When people achieve great things, others often explain their accomplishments by simply attributing everything to talent.

But that is a false and misleading way of looking at success.

Talent is often overrated and frequently misunderstood.

If talent alone is all we need, then why do you and I know highly talented people who are not highly successful?

Talent is never all you need.

Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, said;

“There seems to be little correlation between a man’s effectiveness and his intelligence, his imagination, or his knowledge.

Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge are essential resources, but only effectiveness converts them into results. By themselves, they only set limits to what can be contained.”

If talent were enough, then the most effective and influential people would always be the most talented ones.

This is not to say talent is not important.

I believe in the importance of talent. All successful leaders understand its importance.

Most leaders understand the dynamics of ownership, shared responsibility, division of labour, committee governance, and delegation.

Often leaders accomplish great tasks by dividing a job into its parts and coordinating the whole effort.

If talent is not all you need, then do you have what it takes?

  • So, what does it take to succeed?
  • Where does that leave you and me?
  • Can anyone be successful?
  • And where does talent fit in?
  • People have equal value, but not equal giftedness.
  • Some people seem to be blessed with a multitude of talents.
  • Most of us have fewer abilities.
  • But know this: all of us have something that we can do well.
  • It doesn’t matter how aware you are of your abilities, how you feel about yourself, or whether you previously have achieved success.
  • You have talent, and you can develop that talent
  • Stop working on your weaknesses and start working on your strengths.
  • By this I mean your abilities, and things you are not good at doing not attitude or character issues, which must be addressed.
  • Most people spend the majority of their time focused on strengthening their weaknesses leaving their strengths.
  • What creates the effectiveness that is necessary for converting talent into results?
  • It is the choices and the decisions that you make.
  • The key choices you make apart from the natural talent you already have will set you apart from others who have talent alone.
  • Be careful about the choices you make because they are very important to your success.

Lack of belief can act as a ceiling on talent.

  • It’s a lack of trust in themselves, which is a self-imposed limitation
  • However, when people believe in themselves, they unleash power in themselves and the resources around them that almost immediately take them to a higher level.
  • People who believe in themselves get better jobs and perform better in them than those who don’t.
  • It’s one thing to believe that you possess remarkable potential. It’s another thing to have enough faith in yourself that you think you can fulfill it
  • Your potential is a picture of what you can become.
  • Belief helps you see the picture and reach for it.
  • Most often we see what is, not what could be.

Believe in what you are doing.

Even if the odds are against you accomplishing what you desire, confidence will help you.

The one thing that will guarantee the successful conclusion of a doubtful undertaking is faith in the beginning that you can do it.

How does this kind of belief help?

  • Belief in your mission will empower you.
  • Belief in your mission will encourage you.
  • Belief in your mission will enlarge you.

The more you believe in your potential, yourself, and your mission, the more you will be able to accomplish. If you keep believing, you will someday find yourself doing what you once considered impossible.

Passion is more important than a plan.

  • Passion creates fire.
  • It provides fuel.
  • As long as the passion is there, it doesn’t matter if they fail.
  • It doesn’t matter how many times they fall.
  • It doesn’t matter if others are against them or if people say they cannot succeed.
  • They keep going and make the most of whatever talent they possess.
  • What makes them take risks, go the extra mile, and do whatever it takes to achieve their goals?
  • It isn’t talent only but It’s passion with talent.
  • Passion can energize every aspect of a person’s life including his talent.
  • A passionate person with limited talent will outperform a passive person who possesses greater talent.
  • Why? Because passionate people act with boundless enthusiasm, and they just keep on going.
  • Passion Increases Willpower
  • Passion Produces Energy;
  • When you have passion, you become energized.
  • You don’t have to produce perseverance; it is naturally present in you.
  • It helps you to enjoy the journey as much as reaching the destination.
  • Without it, achievement becomes a long and difficult road.
  • Passion Is the Foundation for Excellence.
  • Passion Is the Key to Success
  • Passion Is also the First Step to Achievement.

Loving what you do is the key that opens the door to achievement. When you don’t like what you’re doing, it shows no matter how hard you try to pretend it doesn’t. It’s difficult to achieve when you don’t have the desire to do so. That’s why passion is so important.

Taking initiatives

  • Don’t wait for everything to be perfect to move forward.
  • Don’t wait for all the problems or obstacles to disappear.
  • Don’t wait until their fear subsides.
  • Take the initiative and momentum is their friend.
  • There is a common saying that, every journey begins with the first step, yet it is still true.
  • As soon as they take that first step and start moving forward, things become a little easier.
  • If the momentum gets strong enough, many of the problems take care of themselves and talent can take over.
  • But it starts only after you’ve taken those first steps.
  • Initiative closes the door of fear.
  • We all have fears. The question is whether we are going to control them or allow them to control us. To fear is one thing and normal as far as we are mortals but to let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.

You cannot wait until everything is perfect to act and expect to be successful, believe in yourself, your potential, and talent, and take the initiative with passion and the impossible will become possible. 

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