When my daughter was doing a local basketball camp this summer, the coach would have a quote of the day for the girls to think about. One quote really resonated with me and I think about it often.
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
Is that not true in every aspect of life? I love that quote and what it means. Talent is important, but hard work is more important. How many times have you see someone squander their abilities because they didn't apply themselves? That player on your soccer team who was good, but skipped practice or partied and then didn't end up contributing much to the team at all. That kid in your class who never did any school work or studying but still managed to get by with B's and C's. Imagine the scholarships they may have received if they had just worked hard.
I don't care what you are or what you do, if you are the best, then you worked hard to get there. Joan Benoit didn't just become a marathon winner because of just her natural talent. Andre Agassi didn't become the first player to win all four Grand Slam titles just because he was naturally good. (Read his book and you'll find his dad had him hitting 2000 tennis balls daily at 8 years old. Daily. 2000. That's a lot.) Michael Jordan didn't become the best basketball player ever just because.
They had talent AND they worked hard.
This is pretty good news for us weekend warriors. We may never become olympic marathoners, or wimbledon winners, or NBA champions but we can work hard and place in our age group! Or win that local sprint tri. Or get a new PR at that half marathon. Get that nursing degree. The world is waiting for you to take it on!
Now go! Work hard. We may not be the best, but we can be pretty damn good.
What are you going to work hard at today?
Is your local team going to the tournament? Do you care?