As I grow older, I am convinced more and more of this quote,
"Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."
As a child, I would get very discouraged because if there was anyone who was ever born without any talent in anything, it was me. I had to work so hard for everything; nothing I did came easy. I remember being so envious of my sister because she didn't have to study to make straight A's or practice anything. Whereas I on the other hand, had to study for hours. My sister is amazingly talented in music and can sing beautifully. I can't sing at all, but I really wanted to learn how to play the piano. So I prayed for a piano, and God gave us a beautiful, free piano that I still have til this day.
After that my parents put me in piano lessons. I loved learning to play, but it was difficult, and I had to practice a lot. My sister at this point didn't take lessons, but knew music because of voice lessons. One day,after I was done practicing, she sat down at the piano, took my lesson, and played the songs I was practicing for the week with ease and little mistakes. Mind you, I was a five year piano student, and she had no lessons. I was devastated and lost interest for awhile. I still love to play piano although I am not what you call amazing, but I can get by.
Everything I did growing up was like the above illustration, and I remember crying a lot due to my lack of talent. Now that I am older, I would have it no other way. I am glad that I am not talented and that I have to work hard for everything. It took me until this year to really come to appreciate my lack of talent, and I will explain why I love being a non talented person. Learning to work hard and developing a stubborn tenacity will take you farther than talent ever will. I can fulfill any dream I want to because I have the work ethic to do it.
Working hard has always been my life, so now I am accustomed to it. It is not a set back if I have to work for hours to accomplish something, it is normal. Whereas sometimes people with a lot of talent are so accustomed to being able to do things with little effort, that if they have to work, they don't.
This is why people who are willing to work hard will go farther than talented people. Talent will only take you so far, if you want to be at the top, you have to work the rest of the way. Although, if a talented person does decide to work hard and be at the top, they are incredible, think of Mozart and Beethoven.
What kind of talents do you have? Have you worked them to the fullest to be the best you can be? Or maybe you are like me, don't give up, keep working hard and realize that you are developing a life skill that will greatly enrich your future. :)