Michael Jordan was blessed with some amazing natural talent in basketball. However,

“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness.”

Unfortunately, not every person has the commitment to water, cultivate and care for that seed to make it grow into a deep-rooted tree that bears the fruits of success and abundance. Those who are successful have a conviction so deep that they are willing to do whatever it takes.

No matter what walk of life you come from, that doesn’t define your destiny. Where you were, does not determine where you are going to end up. Where you have been doesn’t matter, because you can become something greater.

You have been given certain talents that can help shape where life can take you. However, despite your natural born gifts, you have the ability to develop skills that with extreme practice and commitment, can take you far beyond what mere talent alone can do.

Talents come naturally, but skill is only developed by countless hours of dedication and hard work.

Many people have natural born talents and abilities, but left unrefined, and they will never result in any remarkable accomplishment in life. Practice trumps talent every time.

Take Michael Jordan for instance.

We all know and believe that Michael Jordan was blessed with some amazing natural talent in basketball. However, did you know that he was cut from his high school basketball team? What if Michael had taken that as a blow, and decided that basketball just wasn’t for him? What if he gave up, because his natural talent just didn’t get him where he wanted to be?

Michael had a dream of playing for the NBA, and he didn’t let this setback define who he was. Instead, he took his natural born talents and worked his tail off for hours upon end. He practiced tirelessly

EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. ..without fail, for YEARS. Had he left his fate to natural talent alone, we would never have known the legend Michael Jordan that we all know today. Michael Jordan was willing to work his guts out at any cost to accomplish his dream. And now, he is still known as one of the greatest players of all time.

You have to be willing to work harder than anyone else if you want the kind of success you seek. While other people are going about life being entertained, the successful person is working and working with extreme dedication, consistency and perseverance.

They understand that there is simply no easy way around it. No matter how talented you are, your talents can fail you if you have not honed them and developed them into skills.

If you don’t study and work hard and dedicate yourself to becoming better each and every day, then success will default to the ones who ARE putting in the necessary efforts, and you will be left on the bench of life watching others dreams being fulfilled.

Wise words from a truly inspirational Zig Ziglar






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