Oh, to be successful.
In a perfect world, we’d all be born with the same privileges and equalled but varied talents. The people with the most talent would exceed in their field, as logic dictates and the people who observed this talent would think the work was worthwhile, but…..it doesn’t always work out like that.

Various factors, such as race, class, money, appearance and even random chance often play a much bigger hand in the game of success than illustrious talent.
Success is such a difficult thing to quantify, as it mean different things to different people.

One person may think that it’s a huge success to have family and live in a two-bed semi in the suburbs, whereas the next person values success as running the London Marathon and someone defines it as making over a million pounds and so on and so forth.

So before we begin to start on whether talent is even needed, try to get a clear idea in your head what success looks like to you.

To me success is being able to support myself either through writing or some other form of storytelling, being able to be creative every day and being able to spend time with my family. I could’t care less if I was a size 8, or if I lived in a mansion.

Based on what success looks like to you, watch and observe carefully the people who you think are “successful”. Do all of them have amazing raw talent? How did they get to where they are today?

From my own personal experience,, 9 times out of 10, success = dedication + hard work.

Einstein himself said that “Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work”.

No matter how talented you are, there is no way that you will get anywhere if you don’t put the work in. You need more than a to be a brilliant singer, or writer or artist or businessman. There are other skills you need alongside this such as; work ethic, good communication, teamwork, reliability, willingness, enthusiasm and sometime just being nice to work with!

But hard work doesn’t mean that you have to slog your guts out 24/7 and sacrifice a family, friends, learning and most importantly self care It just means that we work hard when we are in “work mode”. Whether this be 8 hours a day, or 2 hours a day, or just weekends. You work smart and hard in the time you allocate for yourself.

So, technically then, you say, I don’t actually need any talent at all? Well, sometime if you work hard enough no, but having a talent for something that you love doing and can actually turn into a career is probably the rarest and luckiest thing you can come across, so if you do have this make sure you grab it with both hands. For the rest of us mere mortals, we will continue to work hard to be the best we can.

By Lara Marshall

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lara grew up in the suburbs of North-West London where she still lives now.
She began to suspect she was slightly different to other children when, at 7 years old, her most prized possession was the ‘A’ volume of the children’s Encyclopedia Britannica (couldn’t afford the rest of the set). She learnt a lot about ants.
At the moment she works in a Public Library and when not working, reading or writing – you can bet she is doing something else ‘vaguely bookish’. You can find her website here