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Hard work and talent

I know I have written about this topic before, but it reminded me again when I had the rare opportunity to listen to two of the most successful golfers of all time - Justin Rose and Jason Day. Justin Rose, the current world number 1, was born in Johannesburg, and his parents moved to the UK when he was 2 years old due to the uncertainty that South Africa faced at that time.  He is somebody who believes in hard work and put in many hours into being the best at what he is, as does Jason Day, the Australian born player who is a former No 1 in the world and currently rated No 13.  As Tiger Woods’ former coach, Sean Foley, said, a lot of people believe that Jason Day is extremely talented at putting and he is just so lucky that he is so good at it.  His perspective, having coached both Tiger Woods and now Justin Rose, is that talent is a word that mediocre people use to have an excuse as to why they have not achieved success.   

In other words, despite the fact that he has coached two separate players who have been No 1 in the world, and one who is considered the greatest player ever to have played the game, not to mention the richest sportsman in history, Tiger Woods, is that hard work (and not talent) is what sets aside No 1 from the rest.  Of course, some people will never have a certain talent – they might not have much sports ability, but you don’t get to being the best in the world at something simply because you have talent.  You invariably get there because you are the hardest working player in the world.  Tiger Woods was always famous for the hours that he put in as is Jason Day.  Jason begins every day with 2½ hours practicing putting.  Only after that does he get onto other aspects of his game.  By comparison, I would be lucky if I do 2½ hours practice of putting in one year which is why I play golf, not too badly, for a hobby and he does it as the best player in the world.  This applies to everything – we all think, when we watch somebody like Mylie Cyrus sing, she has just been lucky, has stumbled across the right people and has become a famous pop star.  It’s just absolute nonsense – they don’t get there without years and years of practice, training, support from their parents and a single-minded determination to become the best at what they do and it applies to the office and at home.  Are you, for example, being the very best mother or father that you can be in the limited time available to you, etc?  You cannot be everything or being good at everything, but there are some people who only work 2 or 3 days a week and then have excuses as to why they were not able to help their child in their spare time to do better at school – and I am speaking about somebody I know.  It is just laziness truthfully, but that is another topic for another day. 

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candice  said:
on Wednesday 15-May-19 04:34 PM
Hard work def pays off and you can't just put in 50% today and 100% the next day and expect results, and not all of us are born with talents and will overnight become famous . so we have to work hard in the end

Natasha  said:
on Monday 06-May-19 09:55 AM
Everyone is born with a talent you just need to practice and try everything to figure out what that talent is and if you know what it is you need to work very hard.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 29-Apr-19 11:35 AM
People get so angry when they see someone more successful than them, I've never understood this mentality. It's as if they were never taught that hard work pays off and they believe that things should just be handed to them.

Tamaryn  said:
on Wednesday 24-Apr-19 09:18 AM
Laziness is the worst attribute. If you have talent but are lazy, you are wasting your talent. If you care, but are lazy about it, do you care at all? The 10 000 hour mark seems to be the tipping point, and then continue after that to become even better! Time is the best investment in anything.

Claudia B  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 08:38 AM
Nothing will ever come easy in life, hard work and believing in yourself is the big answer to get what you want to have a successful life, everyone has just need to find in.

Kathryn  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 08:21 AM
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard - Kevin Durant

Victoria  said:
on Wednesday 03-Apr-19 12:47 PM
It is amazing to see what determination and hard work can do. I feel no matter what anyone does in life you should always work hard and put everything you have into what you doing.

patrick  said:
on Wednesday 03-Apr-19 07:56 AM
The more effort you put the better the result.

Cornelie  said:
on Tuesday 02-Apr-19 10:15 AM
That is it if you give 80% you give 80% all the time you cannot decide today you will only give 20% you need to keep the balance to succeed in whatever you are doing.

Sinead  said:
on Tuesday 02-Apr-19 08:25 AM
Indeed hard work is what gets you to the top. You can't just expect to be born with a talent and think it will be good enough without practice or continued hard work. Whether it be sport, office work or at home.
I cannot stand laziness!! It will get you nowhere!!!

Joyce  said:
on Friday 29-Mar-19 04:43 PM
I also think that everyone is born with a talent and think that, that talent will not be discovered until there is hard word

Ashleigh  said:
on Friday 29-Mar-19 08:42 AM
I think everyone has a talent and their own sort of talent. You will only realize you have one when you actually pursue and work on it.

Brenda Du Toit   said:
on Friday 29-Mar-19 08:16 AM
I believe that hard work will always pay off you get people out there that are trying to be on top.

Jadine Esterhuizen  said:
on Friday 29-Mar-19 07:46 AM
If you have the will power and determination, you will find yourself dining with royalty/ the world's best.

Bianca T  said:
on Thursday 28-Mar-19 01:16 PM
Some people are born with natural talent, and other just have to work extra hard

Alexis  said:
on Wednesday 27-Mar-19 02:31 PM
I feel that some people do really try their best, whether it being seen as worth it or not....but yes, you do get those that just don't care and would rather blame the world instead of looking at themselves

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Wednesday 27-Mar-19 08:36 AM
I believe that hard work will pay off at the end. If you have a great support system you can achieve anything. Some people are lucky to be born with a great talent and intelligence and others have to work hard to achieve things that come easier to others.

Zandelee  said:
on Wednesday 27-Mar-19 08:03 AM
I truly believe in the saying hard work beats talent. I don't believe in so called luck!!

Megan  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 04:09 PM
'The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream' - Tommy Hilfiger; I agree with this so much, I believe passion and drive plays a big role in success. There has to be something in you to want to pursue your goal, we all have to start somewhere.

Thabitha  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 10:00 AM
I think people are not the same some are talented and some needs to work hard, you can see this in sports and at school

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 09:05 AM
I agree that hard work is what makes people and sportsmen great. Even looking at someone like Caster Semenya. She is naturally at an advantage, in the same way that someone who is 8 foot would be at a natural advantage in basketball. But if she didn't train, she wouldn't be the epic feat that she is today. It's with her training and dedication to her sport that she will be one of the greatest female athletes of our time.

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 08:04 AM
‘Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose’. (G. K. Nelson)
This is a quote to live by
My Grandad was busy with his 3rd degree in his early 70s; sadly he did not get the chance to finish it.
You should always better yourself not matter what your age is.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 03:49 PM
This was nice to read, just goes to show again...hard work does pay of

Fikile  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 03:04 PM
Through hard work and determination one can make it through a lot and as long as you have faith in your self you will be great at everything you want to archive in life.

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 02:08 PM
Like they say practice makes perfect! How else did we learn our times tables? I for one sat in front of the mirror every day and practiced and eventually remembered them. It cannot be stressed enough, which is possibly the reason for this blog, that hard work overrides anything!

Angelica Canosa  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 12:33 PM
Handwork is an important skill. I think that a combination of hard work and making smart moves is a recipe for success.

Courtney  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 12:25 PM
“Hard work works harder than luck".
“Today's tears water tomorrow's gardens.”
Everyone can be successful and be good at something, it just takes lots of practice and never giving up.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 09:24 AM
As Colin Powell said - A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Too true..

Bianca N  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 08:51 AM
You don't get to be the best without putting in the work. No matter how talented you are, to be the best you will need to work extremely hard.

Jadine Richards  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 08:33 AM
I agree that hard work is the key to everything however I do believe that some have it easier than others. Its much easier to be successful when one has grown up in a culture of success and has the means and opportunity readily available.

Sarah  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 07:48 AM
I do believe hard work does pay off. I agree parents do play an important role in our lives.

david  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 07:41 AM
i'm embarrassed that i was publicly called out about this, but as my wife says, everything is always about me...

brumilde  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 07:39 AM
What a wonderful topic, one that could inspire people that you can be what you want you just have work hard have the support and determination to achieve it. Parents also play a huge role and I also fall back to one of the many blogs written about how parents help form a child.


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