“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~Albert Einstein.
A really good example of this is the XFactor auditions every year, thousands of people queue up for hours upon hours because they believe they have what it takes to become the next big thing. Now, I’m not a music critic, however, even I know when I hear some of them singing that they’re not hearing what everybody else hears.
- These people have a positive attitude; however, it’s not going to get them anywhere because they’re trying to climb to the top of the wrong tower.
On the other extreme you have incredibly talented individuals who do not believe how good they are, their reality is being darkened by their insecurities and inferiority complexes. The believe they’re not good enough to win so they don’t try for fear of failing. Occasionally you will hear of these people because they have strong people around them who encourage them to face their fears.
- This group will find it difficult to achieve the level of success they deserve because they just don’t believe they deserve it. Their nerves eventually get the better of them and it shows it their performance.
The people who succeed are the people who have an unshakable belief in their own ability. They know they have talent; however, they also know that talent on its own will not get them over the finishing line so they work on the talent they’ve been given every day.
- If you want to succeed at anything, you have to identify your talent, believe in it and work hard every day to improve on your natural abilities.
I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite quotes on the topic.
- “Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” ~Robert Half
- “The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success.” ~Denis Waitley.
- “The day you change your attitude is the day your life changes.” ~Anon.
- “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” ~Vince Lombardi.