You have probably heard over and over again that the number one ingredient for success is talent and you are thinking that since you are not good at anything then you cannot be successful. This is far from the truth, the major ingredients for success are focus, determination and above all persistence.
Don’t get me wrong, talent is essential but on its own without the laser point power of focus, the doggedness that comes from determination and the staying power of persistence then we cannot be successful.
Focus: This according to the dictionary is ‘the clear and sharply defined condition of an image. the position of a viewed object or the adjustment of an optical device necessary to produce a clear image’. It is the ability to block out all distractions and maintain your gaze on the goal at hand. It is getting very difficult now that we have our mobile phones ready to provide us with distractions through various means but only those that are able to keep their eyes on the finish line would eventually reach it.
Determination: This establishes itself through firmness of purpose, it can also mean being resolute. We need this because there will be challenges and it is only those that are resolute in their pursuit that will eventually overcome. Life is not a fairy tale, it will test you and you will be pushed to the limit, it is the determination to go on despite the challenges that distinguishes those who succeed and those who don’t.
Persistence: This is the ability to pick yourself up again and again after each failure you are surely going to encounter. Someone said failures are the successful people that gave up too easily while successful people are the failures that refuses to give up. We are all going to experience failure at some point in the pursuit of our goals for our lives and it will be tempting to give up on the race and rather play it safe but it is only those that are bold enough to try again and again that eventually succeeds.
Talent: Now this is the natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught. Yes we all have something God deposited in our lives that will set us apart and we are meant to discover it and work on it to develop it. But, we must understand that talent on its own will not produce the desired result without combining it with focus, determination and persistence.