Talent is Only Half the Battle

You could have skills, mad skills. You could be the best and the brightest and the most brilliant. You could have all of the talent in the world and there will probably still be others of a far lesser degree of talent who will maintain a much higher rate of success.

Why is that?

Because, like it or not, talent isn’t everything. It’s not even half of everything. There’s a lot of frikin’ work that needs to be concentrated on elsewhere in order for your talent to succeed.

For starters: success takes a lot of work. It takes pressing on past the point where your initial enthusiasm runs out. It requires a lot of huffing and puffing to get over the hump that will feel like it’s lasting forever and only getting steeper. It requires a gross amount of dedication and the ability to handle a lot of let-downs.

The Highs and Lows of Striving for Success:

Getting Started The Long Middle Period Getting Closer Success!
0-20% 20-60% 60-80% 80-100%
Yay! I’m excited to do this! Holy crap this is a lot of work. All this work is actually paying off! Time to celebrate!

The long middle period (the 20-60%) is when most people give up. This is where our natural tenancy towards laziness kicks in and the excuses start. Suddenly, there isn’t enough time to work on those projects you had been so excited about to begin with. Sometimes even, you start to feel that jittery excitement about a new project, so you give up and the ones that have gotten difficult, leaving them to sit unfinished and abandoned.

Generally, the long slug towards success occurs when we realize that our talent isn’t enough. A bright idea isn’t enough. We have to work at our goals, market our products, network with others, and much more on top of all that. We despair when we start to realize that simply making awesome goodies isn’t enough. Turns out, we have to work our arses off to get those goodies seen and sold. This is the point where many of your peers will throw in the towel. They will give up on their goals simply because the path to achieving them turned out to be a lot more difficult than their initial daydream had implied.

Here is where you must press on. Because if you are willing to stop the excuses and do the hard work, you will climb over the hill and see the other side. If you have it in you, and I believe that every one of us does, you can pull yourself forward. You can trudge on, towards accomplishing your goals and beyond.

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22 thoughts on “Talent is Only Half the Battle

  1. I so needed to hear this…thanks so much for this post!!

  2. Ginger B. January 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Well timed for me at least. Thank you for the kick in the pants. SO effectively written as well.

  3. Sarah (Saturday Sequins) January 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm Reply

    For me, realizing that it’s less about talent and more about grit was disheartening at first, but then freeing. Because if I was struggling with some aspect (for me, it’s self promotion) of my business, I wasn’t stuck at that level forever. I could get better through hard work, determination, and lots and lots of mistakes.

    Oh, and today I read an article all about making time for writing. It was awesome, and I thought you might like it: http://expertenough.com/2813/how-to-write-a-book-in-your-spare-time

    From one writer to another. :)

  4. Heather Everson Design January 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Wonderful words of wisdom! Great post!

  5. Perle January 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm Reply

    This reminds me – on a business trip, I ordered a brownie for dessert. It was the tiniest thing, and not even that good. But it came out on a plate with garnishes and hot chocolate drizzled in a fancy design. Someone said “it’s all in the presentation.”

  6. Gerina January 29, 2013 at 6:16 am Reply

    Great! Your words are so true.

  7. Jillian Louise January 29, 2013 at 6:30 am Reply

    This is SO true! It takes a lot longer to get yourself and your products out there than you might think. Building an audience is the hardest, yet most important thing. Especially building a relevant audience. For example, anyone can have hundreds of “Likes” from random people who will never look at their page again. It is better to have 50 from people who actually like your product and will interact with you. Those are the people who will talk about you and help build your list. It’s tough! It’s also SO worth it…thanks for reminding us all of that! :)

    • MegansBeadedDesigns January 29, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

      Exactly Jillian! It’s better to have a handful of loyal followers than hundred who are ignoring you!

  8. kiihele January 29, 2013 at 11:03 am Reply

    I’m still climbing up the rather steep learning curve of self-promotion. I was a little disheartened that I didn’t get a “Christmas Rush” everyone was preparing for, but it’s seems my rush came Jan.1st. I’ve been so busy since then. I’m simply getting better at the management of my craft. Thanks for the pep talk!

    • MegansBeadedDesigns January 29, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

      That’s how I felt my first year selling too. I built a ton of inventory, and even had a sale going, but I got almost zero orders for Christmas. This year however, two years later, was crazy! So it does happen, it just tends to take longer than we think it’s going to.

      Good luck with your January sales! I’m glad I could help!

  9. Val January 30, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply

    Great post! I started in January 2007 and am do glad I pushed through the difficult times. As time goes on with your business you really start to find your groove as success becomes closer!

  10. Socorro January 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm Reply

    It’s funny how you see things in a graph and then you go ‘holy shit it’s so true’. xD

  11. Peggy Martinez January 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Please get me over the hump…soon!

  12. Terah February 16, 2013 at 12:32 am Reply

    So true!!!!

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