We all have talents and skills that we tend to devalue and under appreciate. But what comes easy to you, does not necessarily come easy for the next person. You see this type of thing all the time, especially in our school system. One child may excel in math, but can’t spell to save his or her life. Another child might be a fantastic athlete, but they are not so gifted in music. I for one, hate fixing things. In fact, I think I am much better at breaking them. Our individual God-given abilities are here for a reason, but so often, they are left undeveloped and under appreciated by us.
It is not enough to be talented. Having talent is a great starting place, but that is all that it is. Once we recognize our talent, it is up to us to develop it and that takes work, and lots of it. This truly is what separates the men from the boys or should we say, the women from the girls? Now, we have all heard of Michael Jordan. Many believe that he is the best basketball player ever in the history of the N.B.A. That is pretty impressive when you consider all the other players that have played the game over the last century or so. This includes players such as Larry Bird, “Magic” Johnson, Julius Erving, Pete Maravich, Dominique Wilkins, and Wilt Chamberlain to name a few.
Now Michael Jordan was not born that good, and he did not get there overnight either. Just ask his high-school basketball coach that cut him from the high-school basketball team. Michael did not let this temporary set back affect his outcome. This would turn into yet another stepping stone in his life. To make a long story short, when teammates of the Chicago Bulls championship teams talk about what it was like to play with Jordan, they consistently bring up his practice habits. He practiced harder than anyone on the team and by doing so, he raised the bar of what was to be expected by the other players on the team. Great talent needs a great work ethic. Otherwise, it is a great waste.
When you are considering the right business for you to get into, look for the businesses that are in demand and that you have a knack for. If you are willing to do some hard work, you will clearly outperform competitors that are not quite as good as you are. There are plenty of business owners out there that are in the wrong business and their products, services, and customers suffer for it.