Extraordinary talented leaders wins most of the time. But talent alone is never enough to achieve success or influence. Talent must be combined with some other essential traits. Without those traits your extraordinary talents will only take you so far. Three traits that can beat extraordinary talent include:
Professional Basketball player Kevin Durant said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Talented leaders who are not willing to put in the hard work will soon plateau in their leadership. The results of a leader who has plateaued can be devastating for everyone. It can prevent the team and themselves from performing at high levels, reaching personal potential, and negatively impact the organization. You have to remember that the people in your area of influence will follow your example.
However, the opposite is true when a leader is willing to work hard. The example of a hard working leader will influence those around them to be productive and perform at high levels. This only happens when a leader chooses to work hard. Talented leaders need to work hard and not rely only on their talent. The road to success or achievements is paved with hard work.
The dictionary defines perseverance as, “Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” Perseverance is about making forward progress even during the demanding, difficult, and hard seasons of life. The leaders who have extraordinary talent but fail to persevere will soon burn out. You should adopt nourishment centers into your life so you can persevere through every season you encounter. Nourishment centers are the things that stir your heart, bring encouragement, and refuel you with energy. Here are 10 nourishment centers to consider adopting into your life:
1. Soul- This is about doing things that lift your spirit and soul, like spiritual practices.
2. Hope- This is about reflecting on the dreams and hopes you have about the future.
3. Home- This is about spending time with those you love and care about.
4. Giftedness- This is about working in areas of personal strengths and talents, causing you to have feelings of fulfillment.
5. Memories- This is about taking time to reflect on the positive and good memories you have.
6. Music- This is about regularly listening to the songs you like and enjoy, the ones that stir your heart and emotions.
7. Thoughts- This is about filling your mind with good content, like personal growth or development books.
8. Experiences- This is about taking time to have new experiences with friends and family.
9. Friends- This is about developing an inner circle of close friends who will support and encourage you.
10. Recreation- This is about taking time to relax and do the recreational activities you enjoy.
I was on the Varsity Cross Country team during my 4 years of High School. My team was one of the top teams in a very competitive school district. During those years our team had a lot of accomplishments. Winning the district championship one year, competing in the State finals two different times, and wining several small and big races throughout the years. One of the main reasons we won was due to each individual on the team being disciplined. We had the discipline to practice and train year around (even when we did not feel like it) so we would be prepared for the race season and each race we competed in.
Whether you want to become a world class athlete, published author, renowned motivational speaker, competent leader, or build a fortune 500 business the irrefutable element required is discipline. The discipline to do the things you need to do on a daily basis so you can get the results you want. Talented but undisciplined leaders will never win (in the long run) compared with those who maintain the habit of being disciplined.
Great talent along with the above traits move a person toward monumental levels of achievement. Talent is never enough, you must work hard at what you do, persevere through every season, and cultivate the habit of being disciplined.
Question: Can you add to the list of what beats extraordinary talent?
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