|"How much work are you willing to put in?"|
You don't have to be highly skilled to be one of the best in your particular field. Have you ever just stepped back and watched the world move around you? Have you ever made the comment, "How did that guy get the job or promotion". The key to success is diligence and favor.
God constantly references diligence in his word and his favor over your life is what opens doors of opportunity. Of course that is always the case in pro sports too. However, those guys have an enormous amount of talent along with the work ethic and favor. In the real world talent isn't as important.
I know people that don't have any talent at all that are Mid-level managers, VP's, Principals, Supervisors etc. Many don't have a clue but possess great work ethic. You can't fake it at the highest level of sports however. You either have it or you don't and coaches, GM's and player personnel people can see it in less than a minute. There's no masquerading skill at that level.
The great thing here is that 99% of us don't play pro sports so we have a greater opportunity to succeed. I'll take those numbers every time. I'm glad that I don't have to possess more natural ability than my peers because I wouldn't be successful today.
When I graduated from high school I could barely read and scored only 642 total points on the SAT. My stats said that I should've been riding the bench in life. Instead, I've consistently been a leader both nationally and globally in the field of sales and marketing throughout my 22 years in Corporate America. It's not about your ability to do something, it's about your willingness to succeed at doing something.
When I enrolled at Purdue University I took a placement exam like every freshman does. The results came back that I wasn't qualified to be in college and that I was better suited to be a bus driver. The only problem with that theory was that they made the mistake of admitting me before I took the exam and secondly, I didn't care what the exam said about me. I graduated from Indiana University five years later and have been highly successful ever since.
Skill is important but work ethic supersedes it! Don't let other people put restrictions on your life because remember what I always say about the 100%. Only 25% are real and 75% are haters. The key is being able to distinguish between the two and not listening to what they may have to say about what you're trying to accomplish. It's very hard sometimes to figure out who's real and who's a hater. So just don't listen to anybody and you'll be fine. Your success will be determined by your ability to believe in what you can accomplish. God says it better by saying, "As a man thinks in his heart so is he" Proverbs 23:7.
Holla At Ya Boy!