I think we all have certain things that come easier to us than others. And while having awesome natural talent at something is a nice perk, it does seem cheapen the pride we feel. If something comes easy to you, it can be hard to feel prideful or excited when you succeed, because after all, you didn’t have to work very hard. But when something is hard for you and you have to struggle and work and practice, when you succeed, that success is so much sweeter, isn’t it? The hard—the pain, the struggle, the work—is what makes the success so amazing.
It’s interesting how relative it all is, too. For example, I consider myself “naturally talented” at graphic design. So when I was part of a team that won one of the biggest awards in my field, I, of course, was proud and happy. How could I not be? I was being honored as one of the best of the best at what I did. But that feeling of pride didn’t even compare to how much pride I felt when I finished my half marathon. Why? Well, I’m not naturally talented at running and racing, and just finishing that race (even if I didn’t do “well”) was such a crazy accomplishment. It was hard. And the hard is what made it great, even if the result wasn’t.
Rowland Hussey Macy (founder of Macy’s department stores) wasn’t a naturally talented businessman. He tried to start up four different retail stores before finding success with Macy’s. All four chains failed, but he learned from his mistakes and eventually found the right formula for one the most successful retail store chains in the United States.
Annie Clark is seven-years-old and lives just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recently, Annie won a national penmanship competition, which in-and-of-itself is remarkable, but becomes even more inspiring when you learn that she was born without hands.
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This week, whenever you get frustrated or annoyed because something is difficult, instead turn the thought around and try to think about how satisfying it will be once you succeed. Positivity is good!
What’s something you’ve always been interested in but always been afraid to try because you aren’t naturally talented in that area or you are afraid it’ll be too hard?
This sounds crazy, but mine is that I’ve always wanted to play the banjo! But I don’t have a musical bone in my body, so it would require a lot of time, dedication and work. Oh, and a banjo, which I don’t own.