Talent Doesn’t Mean Anything If You Aren’t Consistent

talent doesn't mean anything
talent doesn't mean anything

Daily Blog #323

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

There are few greater misconceptions in the world than the belief that in order to be successful, you must be talented.

You can be the most talented person in the world, but talent doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t consistent in pushing your abilities each and every single day.

As the great Herb Brooks once told the team of his that would later go on to win the gold medal game in the 1980 Winter Olympics, “Gentleman, you don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.”

And that’s fact. There isn’t one person who walks this earth that has enough individual talent to accomplish anything meaningful while relying solely on their talent alone.

The truth is, there is always going to be someone that is more talented than you are. There is always going to be someone who is more skilled, more knowledgable, and someone who has access to far more resources than you.

You may have been dealt a few bad hands over the course of your life, but there is always something that you can do define your own success: you can ensure that nobody will ever outwork you.

Only once you start to make the commitment to yourself that you are never going to be outworked by anybody, only then will you start to receive the success that you deserve.

That’s what success us: it is deserved. Success doesn’t care who has the most talent, who got accepted into an Ivey league school, or who had accomplished something great in their past. Success is all about showing who is willing to work, who is willing to fail, and who is willing to get back up. Not just once, not just twice, but time and time again for the rest of their lives.

Talent Doesn’t Mean Anything

You can be the most talented person in the world, have achieved endless amounts of success in your past, and think that you are just going to coast your way through life now. But guess what! The minute that you let up on the gas and the minute that you quit pushing yourself, all of your past success will be washed away.

The minute that you quit pushing yourself becomes the minute that your door closes and it opens for somebody else. In a moments notice, everything that you once worked for will vanish, and all the effort that you put in will seem meaningless. Somebody out there is waiting for you to quit so that they can welcome everything that you have worked hard for, and they will only receive that if you allow them to.

Take it from somebody as decorated as Will Smith who has a net worth of $300 million. Think he’s satisfied with where he’s at? Think he is ready to let off the gas and coast his way through life? Think again.

When asked about his success, Smith said “The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple, right?”

Be Willing To Fail

I am sure that you have heard about James Dyson before. He is a British inventor who created the bladeless fans. Do you know how many prototypes he built before finally inventing one that actually worked? Try 5,126. Yes, 5,126 failed prototypes before finally creating one that worked. Since then, Dyson’s company has grown to what is now worth $3.5 billion.

Ask yourself something. Would you be willing to fail 5,126 times just to get a taste of success? Who knows, maybe your dreams would require even more failure, or maybe they would require less. But that’s just it. If you want to achieve success, you need to be willing to be consistent no matter how many times you fail. Learn from your mistakes, get right back up, and keep moving forward.

That is what will separate you from everybody else. Most individuals aren’t willing to get back up after they fail, most individuals aren’t willing to learn from their mistakes, and most individuals aren’t willing to work harder than everyone else. That is why most individuals will fail. But not me, and not you either.

You Are Here For A Reason

If you’re reading this, you are here for one of two reasons. Either you really like me as a person and genuinely care about my writing (and for that I thank you), or you are here because you want to become more successful in your life.

Success doesn’t mean that you need to be the wealthiest individual. Success doesn’t mean that you have the most profitable company. Success means that you have accomplished an aim or a purpose.

Maybe your aim or purpose is to find more happiness in your life. Maybe it is to become the athlete that you envision yourself being. Either way, you need to be willing to be consistent.

If you aren’t willing to endure pain, if you aren’t willing to learn from your mistakes, and if you aren’t willing to get back up each and every time that life knocks you down, then you aren’t going to achieve anything worth achieving.

Becoming Everything You Envision Yourself Becoming

“The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles.” – Garth Stein

Without putting in the time and dedication required, nobody will ever achieve the success that they envision for themselves.

Those who have achieved, and continue to achieve success never rely on talent. Instead, they rely solely on their willingness to outwork everybody else. They are willing to go to bed after everybody else, and they are willing to be the first to wake up. All because they want to ensure that nobody else will outwork them.

Casey Neistat Fat and Lazy

One of my favorite YouTubers is Casey Neistat. With over 10 million subscribers on YouTube, here is what a typical day looks like for Casey:

7 am to 10 am: Neistat will usually get ready and run 10 to 20 miles around New York City.

10 am to 7 pm: Neistat will work on his company (was Beme at the time of the video, but is now 365)

7 pm to 10 pm: This is his family time. No social media, no work, just time with his wife and two daughters.

10 pm to 1 am: This is the time of the day where he edits his vlogs. After carrying around a camera and filming his daily life, all of the footage is compiled into one video and edited to perfection.

1 am to 5 am: Sleep

5 am to 7 am: More work before heading out on his 7 am run and doing it all over again.

We Are Waiting:

Are you willing to have a daily schedule that jampacked? Are you willing to work harder, work smarter, and work longer than anybody else so that you can achieve all that you want to accomplish? Well, if what you are doing now is not getting you to where you want to be, then you need to be willing to.

People like me are waiting. I may not be the most talented person in the world, but one thing is certain: I will not allow anybody to outwork me. I may not be able to control when my dreams come to fruition, all I know is that they will.

How can I be so certain? Because I won’t stop until they do. I will either achieve my dreams and push myself towards newer and greater heights, or I will die doing so. Either way, these two options bring more meaning to my life than just going through the motions of everyday life.

If I die before accomplishing my dreams, well then I die. But at least I will not have to look at myself in the mirror once again asking myself what could have been if I hadn’t given up on myself. That is a feeling that I never want to experience again, and that is what I work to prevent.

In Conclusion:

There are always going to be people who have more talent than you and I have. But that doesn’t mean that they will be more successful.

They might have more money, more fame, more anything, but that doesn’t mean anything. Do you know why? Because you and I are more consistent.

We might not have it all figured out yet, but because we are willing to fail, because we are willing to get back up, because we are willing to be consistent, and because we are willing to never say never, we WILL live the success that we envision ourselves living.

That is why we will win, and that is why we will achieve all that we set out to achieve.

Michael Bonnell



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