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Perseverance beats talent when talent isn't working hard

Updated: Sep 3, 2021

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Perseverance - persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in having success

A question I get asked a lot is "how long does it take to achieve a black belt?" and the answer is simple. It takes as long as you want it to.

There are people in this world who are thought to be talented.

Some of these individuals are, very talented. They are the ones who are not challenged by school and learning comes easy to them. They are the students who can grasp concepts and techniques very quickly and never really struggle with a move or form. They are rare.

The issue comes when they face adversity and have not built the muscle of persistence to work through something difficult and then simply give up.

This does not go for all talented people. With the right mind set they can stay humble and work through difficulty and become very successful.

So where does that leave mortals like us? The good news is, we have a head start. If like me, you have ever struggled at anything, be it school, home life situations or a lack of physical ability, then each time you persevered and worked through the problem you were building the key to your success. Your ability to focus and march on.

There are three things you can do to help you persevere and succeed:

One - Have a clear goal and vision of what the end result looks like. You can not embark on a journey without knowing the destination so get a map!

Two - Find someone who has already done it. A coach who can help you. There are no problems in this world that others have not already faced and those who have conquered are always happy to share how they did it, because success understands they did not get to where they are alone.

Three -Plan it! The plan may change when faced with new problems on your way to your goal but that's the joy of the journey. Make sure you understand what you need to do at each step.

The most "talented" people we might look up to went through decades of trying and failing before they succeeded. We just never witnessed the struggle. Only the end result.

Persistence eats talent for breakfast if talent fails to work hard.

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