The Monday Mindset: Keep Coming Back

Talent is, in a general sense, the sum of our abilities. It is our intrinsic gifts, skills, knowledge, experience, intelligence, judgment, attitude, character, and drive, and our ability to grow and learn. Our talent encompasses many attributes that define us as individuals, but it still doesn’t add up to effort. Talent does not equal achievement.

 

...skill is not the thing as achievement, either. Without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential. Without effort, you skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t. With effort, talent becomes skill and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive.
— Angela Duckworth

We overemphasize talent, we underemphasize everything else. Far too often, many of us quit before we even really get started, and then tell ourselves that we just didn’t have it in us (talent) to get the job done. These moments are not about how talented we are as individuals - they are about how much effort we’re willing to give to keep going.

 

There is a direct relationship to staying true to our commitments, especially when we’re not comfortable, and our achievements. Coming back the next day, and then the following one, growing more eager by the day, is a reflection of our grittiness — our effort. Not coming back the next day, and then the following one, growing more reluctant by the day, leaves our effort at zero. By doing so, we lose our growth skill development.

 

I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented, but my work ethic goes without question — period. I have learned to keep coming back through the door even when I’m uncomfortable doing so. We all have levels of talent - natural given talent. Skill is only developed through hours and hours (effort) of working on your crafts. How hard we push ourselves matters, but the bigger barrier to our progress is that sometimes we stop working altogether. Keep coming back —consistency of effort over the long run is everything.