It goes without saying that persistence has no substitute. Talent is a special quality that not everyone has. Moreover, it does not always guarantee success. Sometimes it may also be that one’s special abilities, a great education or skills may all go unnoticed. Determination and persistence are omnipotent. Further, on innumerable occasions, the spirit to ‘press on’ always yields the desired results.
Thomas Alva Edison, for instance, is a classic case study of how hard work helped him to his enormous success. He managed to remain on top of his game by staying alert to any opportunity that came his way and pursuing it diligently. And was established as the greatest scientific discoverers of the Twentieth century. Here’s how and why hard work wins over lack of great abilities or talents.
With the rapid advent of the digital age, now a work culture exists that demands more within shorter time spans. Mechanization has created an environment where there is no room for complacency and deadlines are tight. Of course, a special ability or skill may give you a cutting edge in that environment but if it’s not backed by hard work, achieving success may not be possible always.
The parallel rise of a gig economy has led to a notable rise in the freelancer population. It has significantly created a huge back up talent pool out there. These people are perpetually on the lookout for the next assignment. Often they work considerably harder than those with regular paychecks and jobs.
Talent & Hard Work Make A Grand Cocktail
When talent and hard work combined in the right proportions, success is inevitable. This has been proved on innumerable occasions where even the most impossible dreams have been achieved. Of course, its downside has been too many stressful days and late nights with the loss of work-life balance. But even then, those who burnt the midnight oil in the past or continue to do so are the ultimate winners.
Victory of Special Abilities
Those with certain special abilities such as mathematical genius, great inborn management and leadership qualities and skillful strategists surely have an advantage over others, as they solve problems faster and deliver the right results. However, this in no way implies that they aren’t working hard. Take Mark Minevich for example. He’s the CEO and Principal Founder of Going Global Ventures, a thought leadership company that focuses on digitization and artificial intelligence, educating businesses and consumers about these subjects. As an author, speaker and advisor, Minevich travels around the world spreading awareness about these technologies instead of confining himself to just being a CEO.
Rewards of Hard Work
Napoleon once said,
“The difference between those who succeed in life and those who don’t is that the former were burning the midnight oil while the latter slept.”
There could be no bigger truth than this. The first forty three experiments that Edison conducted to develop the phonograph failed miserably. However, he didn’t give up and carried on. “Whenever you stand in front of a wall,” he said,
“Always think that there’s a wide, green field on the other side. So if you want to see it, either jump over the wall or break it.”
This was perhaps one of the greatest motivational statements of the 20th century.
Natural talent is something which you may or may not have. But the passion for doing great work and the sheer willingness to push forward your ambitions is totally up to you. The idea basically is not only to work hard but also to work smarter. The sooner you realize this, the easier it becomes to achieve success.
Written By: Biproarshi Guha