Talent vs Hard Work: What Matters More? “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~Stephen King

Talent vs Hard Work: What Matters More?

Talent + Hard Work: What Matters More?

This personal essay was inspired solely by this quote because it’s so true. There are certainly a ton of people out there that are better letterers, artists, writers, and bloggers than me. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many people that are willing to put in all the hard work it takes to follow their dreams. I’m a person who is willing to put in that hard work.

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. ~Stephen King

I find it so inspiring to know that hard work can make up for what talents I lack. And I hope this also inspires those of you who, like me, may struggle with not feeling as talented as someone else.

Make Your Own Luck

You’re so lucky.

People say this to me quite often. And I do feel lucky. I love my job and I love being my own boss. But it really isn’t luck that got me where I am. It was hard work and a lot of it!

Success almost never comes overnight. It usually takes years (or even decades) to find it and it’s an ongoing process. The hard work doesn’t stop once “you’ve arrived”.

You keep showing up and you keep putting in the work each day!

Talent vs Hard Work: What Matters More?
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Luck? I don’t know anything about luck.

I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do.

Luck to me is something else:

Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.

-Lucille Ball


Talent vs Hard Work: What Matters More?

Hard Work vs. Workaholic

It’s important to note that there’s a difference between being a hard worker and a workaholic. I certainly tow the line at times. Last year, when I was suffering from major burnout, I wrote a long post on this topic called “How I Increased My Productivity by Doing Less“.

Less but better. It’s a battle I have to actively work to keep in check. Busyness and having an overpacked schedule kills my spirit (and my productivity). I’m happier and put out better work when I don’t over commit (in both my work life and personal life).

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Defining Success

A big part of success is defining what success is to you. It’s different for all of us. I’ve thought long and hard about what success means to me.

I ultimately have decided that my definition of success is being able to wake up and do what I want with my time.

I only have one life to live and I really want to love it!

Talent vs Hard Work: What Matters More?

Homework: What is your definition of success?

Think about it and then come back to tell me in the comments! What little steps can you start taking to work toward your goals?


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11 Comments on Talent vs Hard Work: What Matters More?

  1. Success to me is being able to make a good living by doing what I love. But also to me it is having the courage to believe in yourself and loving yourself enough to spur your dream(s) into reality. We all have dreams and not all of them will be realized. So it is important to figure out which dream(s) will be the most fulfilling and stop dreaming but instead start doing. I truly love the Stephen King quote. Talent is a dime a dozen, but commitment and consistency are often hard to find. If you commit and remain consistently dedicated to your passion, then you don’t have to be the most talented or gifted. You just need enough and to love and live your enough so that it spills over into the lives of others. That is success.

  2. This post was very encouraging because it is something I struggle with in my mind. Hard work vs talent. Just this morning while I was writing in my journal I formed this realisation in my head. I must put in the work to get the results I want. Sometimes I think that working hard helps us be able to handle success properly.

    • Hi Kimberly! I’m so happy to hear you found encouragement in this post. I think it’s something we all struggle with so it’s a great reminder that hard work trumps nearly everything else! 🙂

  3. For me, the success is being able to do what you have planned, in the way you planned it and being able to make a good living doing what you love. I always struggle with the “defining goals” part. I’ve tried a lot of time to make a list of thing I wanted to do and crush this goals into little parts that are easier to achieve but I must have missed a step or two because I can’t commit to achieving this goals 🙁
    For the blogging example, I started my blog in July and yet, there’s only 3 articles published because I can’t figure out what to say to make it interesting for people to read. I probably put to much pressure on my shoulders and block me stupidly…

    • Hi Nadège! Thank you for sharing! I think this struggle is super common and I plan to write about how I set and track goals (soon!). Actively setting them has been a game changer for me, but with a list of so many to-dos, it can be overwhelming for sure!

  4. I don’t think I could describe success any better than Michele has done. Being able to do what I love every day and make enough money to support myself and my dog would be my ultimate goal and success.

  5. Michele put it so eloquently. I have dreamt (for many, many years) to have my own business and be my own boss, but there is also the financial piece of it where you need to be financially ready to do so, and with my family, we keep getting hit with one setback after another that prevents putting aside a nest egg to live on while building this dream of mine.

  6. This is a great article and it got me thinking…I always wonder if I’m so talented why aren’t I more successful? I’m a hard worker, what’s the deal? One, I think I need to define success for me and two, I think I spend a lot of time doing things that aren’t really important or things that don’t get me where I want to go. And a I think an even bigger issue for me is FOMO. Fear Of Missing Out. I try to do EVERYTHING! Paint, weld, make soap and candles, sew, re-purpose furniture, mixed media art, etc. It’s too much! It’s kinda scary to think about narrowing down the things I create. So this year, 2018, I am going to pick an art and design niche and go for it!

    Thanks for the article!

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