I wish it was simple as being talented. Most recently I have heard a lot of people throw around the word “talented”, I really wish it was that simple to do well because we were just born that way. Okay let me be honest… NO I don’t wish it was that simple, otherwise there wouldn’t be any fun in doing what we do as athletes, students, and people. For me part of the excitement of anything is working hard to achieve my goal. Most recently I just completed reading a book, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from EverybodyElse written by Geoff Colvin. It makes for a very good read and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants more information about things such as “dedicated practice” and the “10,000 hour rule”. Now this post isn’t going to be a book review and summary so there is my mention of my latest reading.
Over the course of the last few months, I have had people say to me “wow your recent run was awesome, I wish I was just as talented to run that fast”. Personally, I take someone calling me talented a slap in the face. I was never born with talent, I worked hard for what I have achieved up to this point, athletically, personally and professionally. The hours of hard work grinding it out, even when times seemed like it might be better off to quit. I think when people throw around the word talent, the hard work that an individual puts into achieving success becomes discredited. I have always believed that each person has their limitations, but who are we to tell another person what their limit is? If we refer to the idea of “talent”, then we are basically telling others why bother working for it…
I know this is a bit of a rant rather than a fitness tip. However, I think each runner and athlete should take a moment and look at how far they have come and where the possibilities become endless each and everyday we are challenged.