We are all born with physiological advantages that are make us more suited to undertaking specific tasks.
These genetic advantages may be anything from the ability to build strength quickly, a particularly efficient heart and lungs, a higher proportion of fast twitch muscle fibres for speed or even an unusually high ability to withstand pain and recover from intense bouts of exercise. But, at what point is this natural talent not enough to get you where you want to be, and more importantly, what else do you need?
Here is my take on natural talent.
Science has shown us that we have the ability to improve our naturally occurring genetic advantages by only a small percentage. I’d argue that those natural advantages are a good starting point but that there are some far more important factors that we have much more control over.
The ability to commit to a challenge and follow through on plans.
The ability to control and direct your will at times when your body and your environment are working against you reaching your goal.
The desire to get out and train when others are resting.
The focus to see past short term rewards for long term success.
The humility to seek and take advice from those that have gone before you so that you can learn from their experience.
The willingness to do WHATEVER is required to get you to where you want to be.
These are all things that you can develop and cultivate if you choose to.
There are countless examples of people that have achieved amazing things in their fields of endeavor and succeeded at times when there was perhaps someone else that should have beaten them.
The only explanation for this is that when natural talent is multiplied by an unstoppable and relentless mindset, the outcome becomes something that is potentially unrelated to genetics and much more about your will to achieve.
For this reason, never count yourself out of the game. You may not have been born with the gifts that others have, but you will always have the opportunity to BE THE DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.