“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
- Muhammad Ali
Good morning, friends! I hope your Monday is off to a great start and you are riding the wave of success. Let’s keep it going!
True story. Back in the day when I was earning my MBA I was engaged in a conversation with a smart guy one day about management possibilities. He asked me, “Would you rather manage a team of talented people with no motivation or a less talented team with high motivation?” Experience in management had prepared me for my answer. “The hard workers.” I said. “It’s easier to teach somebody how to do something than it is to make them want to do it well.” He chose the talented, unmotivated group. I haven’t seen my classmate since graduation day 25 years ago, but I’m sure both of us are still seeking our nirvana.
I’m not sure today I would take such an extreme position, but likely I would nuance it. What I am sure of today is that Ali is right; champions are formed with hard work, not talent. President Calvin Coolidge said something similar in his day.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful (men) with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Your talents are what they are, and changing them is difficult, time consuming and often expensive. But there is a greater success available to you through the simpler change of effort. Do a little more, give a little more, help a little more, something a little more, and you will succeed a little more. Do a lot and likely succeed a lot. The choice is yours. Is your choice to succeed? I’m sure it is, and whatever price you pay is the return you will get. I have faith you’ll choose the big prize in your life! I hope this helps you today, and have a great week.