I read an interesting article about hard work vs talent by Ed Latimore.
For those of you (like me) who never heard of Ed Latimore, he is a boxer (12-0 w/7 KOs), who also writes books and is a motivational speaker.
Take a minute to read the whole thing, but here is the most important take-away.
If you have nothing particularly special about your mind or body, you always have hard work. The ability to work your ass off is underrated as a talent because we consider talent something special, unique, and largely unteachable. (…) working your ass off is a talent you can learn.
Along with hard work, you need to develop your initiative.
Initiative is a muscle and you have dozens of opportunities to exercise it every day.
Anything you notice, large or small, that needs to be done, do it.
Do it and initiative becomes a habit, just like hard work.
And I can pretty much guarantee that those two habits will take you almost anywhere you want to go.
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