TMM: Hard Work Beats Talent

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” Calvin Coolidge

I know it’s not artistic, but you’ve got to work hard.

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”Ray Bradbury

A relentless desire to succeed is more important than talent. Being brave and perseverant to the point of madness, to the point that your work consumes a very large part of your life, to the point that you do it and do it and do it until the job gets done. You don’t even have time to think about whether or not your good… you just do.

Those who sit at their desks to work beat those who sit around, waiting for inspiration to come to them. Stop wishing for the fairy tale, and accept life as it is.

You’ve got to do the work. Your hustle must match your ambitions and dreams.

That is all.

19 thoughts on “TMM: Hard Work Beats Talent

  1. Wow – powerful stuff. And it all makes sense. In that case, I’m on the right track. Fingers crossed… and I’ll keep up the hard work. Thanks for posting.

  2. Hmm. I visited Auschwitz back in the 1990s and was saddened by the cynical sign over the main gate, “Arbeit macht frei” (work makes you free). I am also reminded of the story in the gospels that Jesus refused to condone Mary’s demand that Martha should stop listening to him to help her with her work.
    That is not to take anything away from the main thrust of your blog, Christian. I do a lot of wildlife photography now that I am retired. Patience and persistence are the two essential qualities that have been needed to capture images that I have felt worth sharing.
    Thought provoking blog, as always. Thank you

  3. Persistence is something I’ve just started realizing is so important. It’s difficult sometimes because I’ve thought that persistence was not as important as being naturally gifted. Thank you for writing this!

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