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!|
|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.