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Talent Versus Determination

What is talent and what is determination... and how do they influence your success? Here is a short explanation of both terms and how you can leverage them to be what you were born to be - to give you the motivation to strive for success. You can become successful, simply knowing how to use these in an effect manner.

Talent:

You know that guy in high school, the one who excelled in most sports? He was probably the talented one! He had an athletic gift - fit as a fiddle! Your talent is what you are good at, naturally. It's a natural ability that you have, like a gift you were born with.

Determination:

You know that guy (in high school!) that was constantly after the same girl? He was determined to get what he wanted and his determination eventually led to him having a date with her. Well, that guy had lots of determination! Whether he 'got the girl' or not, he was determined! His determination drove him to 'success'! Determination is defined as the act of coming to a decision, or settling a purpose. Like the guy after the girl, he decided that he was going to get the girl. He settled his purpose in believing that he was going to, which is what drove his determination.

So, having said that, here is something to think about:

“As a means to success, determination has this advantage over talent - that it does not have to be recognized by others.” - Robert Brault

How many people can you think of, at work or even in society, that have a position where you think to yourself 'How did they get there!'? The above quote will make things very clear because one tends to feel that they certainly did not have that talent and that you could do better! However, they probably got to where they are today because of their determination. The 'best man' doesn't always win - often it's the one that tries the hardest - the one that's the most determined! Sad, I know, but often true.

If you always depend on your talents to impress people so that they will give you an opportunity, you might wait a lot longer than you'd want to. However, if you work hard and are determined to achieve success, people don't need to recognize your talents. You will be successful, simply because determination and hard work produces success, which is simply a matter of not quitting! Here are some affirmations to help your determination:

I ACHIEVE WHAT I SET OUT TO DO

I PERSEVERE TO THE END

I AM DETERMINED TO SUCCEED

What motivates you every day - do you rely only on your talents or are determined to be successful? What about being determined while using your talents to achieve success? Now there's a thought!


Street Talk

Great article. I like the affirmations you have listed. Determination is what gets most of us through and often that is more successful than talent.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Rick - absolutely! Determination is what drives us to success.. talent simply provides us a smoother ride and only if one's talent is in the same direction as your goals, will it help. An athletic talent wont help much with being an online salesperson!

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  about 7 years ago
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