I continue my discourse on the lessons life has taught me. Today, what is on my mind is talent and discipline. Hear me out:

Talent does not win in life, only dedicated talent wins. What do I mean?

The gift of a man makes room for him and ushers him into the presence of the great (see Proverbs 18:16). We remember Michelangelo for his paintings. Shakespeare for his literary prowess. Fela Anikulapo Kuti is known worldwide for his musical gift. Thomas Edison for his inventive genius. Indeed, it is a man’s gift that carves a niche for him.

The on-going 2012 Olympics in London bears witness to this principle. The career and performance of champions and gold medalists like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Serena Williams and many others attest to it. You only need to look at the medals table to see how countries and nations that believe in this principle outshine those who despise it. (Looking at that table makes me feel sorry for my dear country Nigeria. As a nation we have an avalanche of sporting talent but a pathetic ethos of indiscipline and ill-preparedness, and unsurprisingly it shows anytime we feature in a competition.)

You cannot win without talent but talent won’t win without discipline. The hallmark of the careers of the people I have mentioned above is skillfulness gained through years of constant and consistent practice. If you have a talent you must learn to subject your gift to training and refinement. And this will take an investment of money, time and sweat from you. It might be gruesome, tasking and tiresome but it is only dedicated ability that will prevent you from becoming a liability to your world. Until you mix hard work with your gifting, you won’t enjoy lasting success.

Dormant and raw ability takes nobody anywhere. Only developed talent is marketable and celebrated in this world. A friend put it this way once: “Talent makes you available; it is skill that makes you marketable.”

Sharpen your gift through the discipline of diligent, hard work. Put yourself under training. Task your gifts to produce. After all, for your genius to emerge, you will need to add perspiration to your inspiration! Ask Usain Bolt, and Michael Phelps, they will tell you. Every star is a product of 20% innate ability and 80% response to ability. That response is disciplined, intelligent, hard work!

See you a man diligent in his business, he will not stand before ordinary men but kings! (See Proverbs 22:29) Nobody wins on the strength of talent alone. Ability plus hard work (dedication, determination and diligence) is the secret of champions. YOU WILL SUCCEED!


About Yomi Olufiade

My passion, dear friend, is to help you find, follow and fulfill God’s purpose for your life. Not only that, I also want to help you achieve tremendous success with your God-ideas and assignment through this medium via the life-changing truths of the Word of God. I’m sure you won’t remain the same again after interacting with me.

Posted on August 9, 2012, in Attitude, Bible, Business, Choice, Desire, Destiny, Discipline, Dreams, Excellence, Inspiration, Leadership, Mentoring, Mind, Motivation, Nation Building, Nigeria, Personal Development, Purpose, Quotes, Talent, Vision and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I found something like this elsewhere and really found it helpful. Some more of this please! Thanks

  2. Hey my name is June and I’m a writer and this site really helped me. I’m enthused! Thank you!

  3. You welcome Sir. Remain a blessing!

  4. Well said Sir,it’s very true. Someone at my office came tome and said…..you from Nigeria right..I said yes n he said USA basketball team won like crazy …thatnigeria team were well built n very tall bt they did not have skills to compete. USA won by almost 100 points…. We need disciplined talents, dedicated workers to be their best always through everything we do.

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