“Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.”
The above quote is one of my all time favorites and is one of my life mottos. I have never seen myself as anything special and recognize that if I want something bad enough that the only thing that will ensure I reach my goals (or at least get close to them) is with hard work. This week I want to talk all about what hard work means to me and when talent is just not enough.
Hi friends! So sorry I have been MIA these past few days. Let’s just say the first week of the year got me good! I spent much of the week catching up on emails, seeing clients, planning the New Year for The Sassy Dietitian and even traveled to Boston for an impromptu meeting (more on that to come). I promise I will still be posting weekly and plan to have as much content as possible out to you wonderful followers! It never hurts to hear from you so if there is something you would LOVE to see more of, let me know!
Okay, on to today’s topic.
Hard Work vs. Talent
I would never say that hard work and talent are mutually exclusive but I would say that there needs to be attention to both. Not all of us are born with a voice that can fill stadiums, not all of us have an arm strong and accurate enough to land us starting quarterback in the NFL and not all of us have legs like gazelles, beautiful enough to be insured for millions. Let’s be real, I fall in ZERO of the above categories and I am a-okay with that. Sometimes it’s just knowing your strengths and working hard to make them undeniable that matters.
I think that many people rely too heavily on their talents (or lack thereof) and forget that hard work is what will set them apart. Sure, if you have a voice like mine you will most likely NEVER be Adele BUT if you truly love music and love singing you can work hard enough to be a music writer, producer, etc. My parents always taught be growing up that while you may not be able to do everything well you can always leave a place better than you have found it. How? Hard work and caring a lot. Those that are at the top of their game rarely do so just by relying on talent. If Michael Phelps relied on his talents he would be MUCH easier to beat. Sure he would still probably be one of the best swimmers of all time but the hard work is what sets him apart and ensures he will win.
Hard work is not glorified, however, and can take a toll on the best of us. It is rarely awarded. Instead, talent is normally what is awarded, which I am not knocking. How then do you keep waking up everyday working your booty off knowing that you may never get an “atta boy” or a “job well done”? Well I can tell you what works for me, and that’s the quote below from Maya Angelou:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I think about this quote daily because I want all my friends, family, clients and beyond to remember me for just that. I think back to my swimming days and frankly I can barely remember what times I raced in let alone how everyone else did. Time erases those minute details but leaves the bigger picture at the forefront. Sure I remember that so-and-so was good but I could not tell you if they helped us beat the opponent. What I can tell you is how hard they worked and how they treated me and made me feel. That’s what hard work does, talent fades away and trophies get dusty.
So while this post is mainly for all of you, it is also selfishly a little bit for me. I consider myself an undercover hard worker, never asking for much recognition (because frankly it makes me uncomfortable). I have never relied on talent, even though I realize I have some. I want people to be happy, healthy and loved, and the way to do that is to work really hard day in and day out to make sure those closest to me feel that way. I think talent can fade, especially if left unattended but hard work will never disappear as long as you do not let it. No one can take it away from you and that is why I think it’s so incredibly valuable.
So here’s to my hard workers, my early risers and my late owls, my underdogs and my pick yourself back up againers, this one’s for you. Keep it up and consider this your “atta boy/girl”.
Let me know in the comments:
What is your favorite quote and/or life motto?
What are you working hard for this year?
Alrighty, now back to the daily grind, I have a DELICIOUS recipe coming to you tomorrow, you will not want to miss it.