Hard work doesn't matter!

@Aish94 (31)
India
February 22, 2016 10:31am CST
I have a bit of a controversial view on success... Hard work and motivation definitely do matter, but only to a certain extent. Beyond a certain level the truly gifted will stand apart. Of course the most successful are those who combine their innate talent with hard work, however, those who are just not as talented (but extremely hard working) are possibly never going to reach the same level that someone with raw talent (of course requiring polishing) is going to reach. Everyone has their own skills, and it is wrong to expect everyone to excel at the same things. Just hard work simply isn't enough!
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• Chennai, India
22 Feb 16
Hello Aishwarya, what you said is true only to some extent. If you think only gifted and a "few" lucky people are the ones who stand out, the we would not have got iPhone Steve Jobs or a Windows Bill Gates. They were college dropouts and look where they went. It's just not luck, but "Hard Work and determination" combined. If you just work very hard without any goal, you will rise up to a level and eventually will stay there forever. But if you set a goal and work towards it, you will be in the category of the "few". Work hard towards your goal.
@Aish94 (31)
• India
22 Feb 16
No, I wouldn't say it is just about luck.. but of course luck also plays a part! What I was trying to get at is that not everyone would have been able to do what Jobs and Gates did either... hard work of course matters, but one has to be sensible in the goals they set as well.... Massive big goals are amazing, but you need to have the skill set (or the ability to obtain that skill set) to succeed... it is not just about a degree... Jobs and Gates succeeded not just due to hard work and determination but also because of how their minds worked.. that was their talent... I hope I could convey my point!
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• Chennai, India
22 Feb 16
@Aish94 Yes you do and you are right.
@Aish94 (31)
• India
22 Feb 16
@adarshvsrinivasan :) You are a tamilian right? So am I :)
@Shavkat (66783)
• Philippines
22 Feb 16
It is worth to challenge oneself in aiming to something. However, it would be healthier if you compete oneself towards success and refrain from competing with the other people.
@Aish94 (31)
• India
22 Feb 16
Definitely! Your only competition is who you were yesterday.. but I guess what I was trying to say is that everyone has some limitations, for instance I just cannot draw! So while practice and hard work might make me a little bit better, I will never reach the level of someone who is extremely gifted in the field. Of course this is not to say that I should not try at all :P
@Shavkat (66783)
• Philippines
22 Feb 16
@Aish94 If you really wanted to acquire the skills, then there is always a way to do it. It can only be done if we have the inner desire and interest.
@Aish94 (31)
• India
22 Feb 16
@Shavkat I would have to agree! :) But not everyone is meant to do everything... What we can't do sets us apart as much as what we can do! I think it is better to optimize on the things we can do well and keep the things we aren't so good at at the minimal acceptable level :P
@Teep11 (7279)
• United States
23 Feb 16
There's more to it than hardwork. Having the determination, drive, and will to achieve and accomplish things will go a long way. Talent with work is the way to go. Everyone won't move at the same pace but as long as refuse to give up. We can excel.
@Aish94 (31)
• India
23 Feb 16
I also think that we have to be smart about the things we choose to excel at... not everything requires the same amount of dedication and hardwork..