A few years ago, I began a personal collection of what I called “Radical Truths”. I was actually going to name them ‘Inconvenient Truths’, but some former vice president of the United States snatched up the name for use in his documentary. (All’s forgiven though… I can’t really argue against the fight against the climate crisis.)
I’ve sat on it this share for awhile. In fact, until recently, it’s been buried in my private collection. Breaking it out since theL is a place of experimentation. I’m ready to unveil them and get your feedback.
Let me know what you think. And, of course, if you have a few radical truths of your own, do share.
[In no particular order…]
Radical Truth #33: Work Ethic Trumps Talent
Talent is so terribly glamorous. Talent takes a drag on a cigarette and says nonchalantly, “Oh, that shot? I can do that with my eyes closed.”
On the other hand, there’s work ethic. Ugh, work ethic. How tedious.
Talent has sex appeal. By comparison, work ethic is talent’s bucktoothed, ugly stepchild.
Here’s the thing: Talent is fickle. Some days it shows up, other days it stays in its bathrobe until noon. You don’t even choose how much talent you’re born with.
Consistent success requires a high level of engagement, tenacity, and relentless optimism. You can’t always be the most talented person in the room, but you sure can be the hardest working.
Is that sexy? Not a bit. Does it work? Absolutely.
Work ethic is the only equal-opportunity resource available. Anyone can do it.