Perseverance the great substitute for talent is too often overlooked. So many people fail at achieving their goal, not because they are not talented, but because they are not disciplined. The wonderful news is that you can get clearly good at anything you set your mind to. It just won’t be easy or fast.

Do you believe in yourself? Are you willing to keep moving forward, even when things get tough? Do you feel like you deserve a better tomorrow? Can you stick to your goal long enough to get great?

You must realize that the perseverance to put in the work is what going to separate you from anybody else. Thus, you have to see yourself right now as malleable, capable of becoming anything you want to be. And if you can find within yourself the discipline to stick with it long enough, you can truly become extraordinary.

Everybody look at a person with innate talent as if they have something magical. They want to be like them. But this gift is not something that is often beneficial because no matter what talent or gift someone has, it is only the beginning.

“Perseverance is a great substitute for talent.” – Steve Martin

Perseverance and Talent

Even if someone has the talent or get an early win; so what! If that person lets you, who have more perseverance, more grit, work harder than them; then you are going to outperform them on a long enough timeline. Determination is a great substitute to become an expert.

And the only thing that I can guarantee is that talent can be outworked by another person. So, unless you pour your heart and soul into getting great, someone else will. When you do not take days off, but put yourself into it as if your life depends on it; you are on your way. Only when you act like that, you have a chance for greatness.

“Pressure can bust pipes but it can also make diamonds.” – Robert Horry

So, you have to want things to be hard, and not seek out the easy life. Besides, you cannot wait, hope or pray that you uncover inside of you some hidden talent that will make things simple for you. It sounds crazy, but look instead for the hard road and keep perseverance your ally.

Having Enough Perseverance

In doing so, it will turn you into something great. Because when it is easy, you do not really work for it, you do not push. Therefore, you get surpassed by the other person, who has to give it their ‘all.’ They are prepared to give blood, sweat, and tears in order to become that thing that they want to be so bad.

Besides, they are so angry and driven that they were never given any talent or even anything. And with that chip on their shoulders, they are determined to become anything that they set their mind to do. Remember ‘Rocky.’ So whether you have the talent or whether you do not, the only thing that matters is: Will you have enough perseverance?

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are stronger in the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

Overcoming the Barriers

But then why isn’t everyone? It may come down to the strategies you use. There is nothing that is happening to you that cannot be overcome. If you turn inward, I am sure you can find a reason to have perseverance, surmount the barrier in your way and put those pieces back together. I have done it so many times throughout my life, so you can too.

However, it is literally all up to you if you are going to sit and wallow. ‘What happened’ happened and there is no way to take it back. But how you respond is a choice. Either you meet adversity by falling apart, becoming weaker in the areas that broke. Or you meet fire with fire by binding and mending difficulty with perseverance until it becomes a source that literally makes you stronger.

And it is a choice only you can make. But remember that if you complain, no one has the desire to help you. Yes, you might have many reasons to protest in your life or be upset by the things that happened to you. But the sinister thing about excuses is they are valid.

Learning to Love Yourself

There are millions of reasons why you can give up or not even try. And just because of that struggle that broke you, you should be allowed to just sit and cry. It is your right, so you have every reason to do it. And some people might not even think less of you.

But here is the truth; while you become weaker or stronger in the places that broke, you have the choice of how you react moving forward. Talent or not, the great news is, the best thing you can do to have perseverance and be stronger is that you must love yourself.

And loving yourself is a practice. For years, I thought it was some feeling I get as I reach success or get wealth. I believed that as I turned around one day, it would be like “There it is; the spark of love and joy for myself.” But the reality is that it is not the way it works.

Talent is No Guarantee

Also, it does not matter how far you came, or the accomplishments you have in your review mirror. If you fall prey to that, your past will always be bigger than your future. You need to realize that your future must always be greater than your past.

So, the harder worker in the room is always going to beat the talented guy who does not work hard. In the end, almost every time, perseverance always wins. Talent does not guarantee you anything in this world. And the same goes for a good education.

And the world is riddled with smart people who never achieved anything of significance. It is full of talented individuals that never make it. And it is filled with expensively educated young people who are outperformed by high school dropouts.

Perseverance Always Beats Talent

Talent won’t get you anywhere if you do not work for it, adding perseverance and knowledge to it. It will get you nowhere if you have no heart. And it is nothing if you have no guts. The one who is hungrier to reach the top will always get there before the talented person.

And yes, maybe not immediately, but at the finish, determined people always succeed. Perseverance, courage, grit and hard work are ingredients that make you a winner. So, if you dedicate yourself more, then you will succeed better than anyone else. Anyway, how can you beat the guy who will do whatever it takes?

You cannot! Perseverance is a great substitute for talent. It always beats it when talent thinks he is too good to persevere and work. Yes, being talented can be a blessing but it can also be a curse. It can make you think that you do not need to work as hard as the other person. And that often is a mistake.

Perseverance the Great Substitute

The reason for this is because the other person keeps going. He is on a hunt, ready to fight for his or her family, legacy, for everything he wants. So, while someone talented rest, you have to be crazy enough, work, persevere, think big, plan, visualize, believe, strike, continue and find a way.

If there is no way, make your own path knowing that someone else’s talent does not scare you. Instead, it drives you, pushes you. Perseverance never lies and so, your dream never dies. Most people give up in life because they come up with all sorts of excuses why they cannot make it.

They say they do not have the right education, possess any talent, or do not have the money. But if I learned one thing valuable in my life is that excuses are for the weak. Many people are conditioned to believe they are a product of their circumstances. They believe if they are not born into riches, they will never be rich. If they are not born great, they can never become great.

Last Thought on Talent and Perseverance

But if you look, it would not take you long to find massive success stories of individuals that created their success through seemingly impossible circumstances. There are accounts everywhere of someone who came from little education, had no talent, but just a relentless desire to succeed. And believe me when I tell you that you can reach greatness from nothing.

So, every setback, every failure you had is forming part of your legacy. It is never too late for you to start your own story. Therefore, do not let anything stop you from writing the rest of it. Do not back down but win at all costs. You will make because you have perseverance, which is a great substitute for talent. Now, when will you begin writing your own success story?

If you need someone accountable or to give you a boost, I’ll be there, just get in touch.

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