“Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.”
—Julia Cameron

Tenacity, not talent. Talent is the extra little bit of motivation at the beginning of a journey. It is some intuitive understanding of a skill that you can build on. And while talent will help get you started, you need far more than just talent to continue.

And what if you don’t have talent? Talent only serves as a sort of head start, and this only matters in terms of comparison. To make any real progress to arrive at any real sense of mastery, no matter who you are and how you begin, only one thing matters: You have to put in the work.

There is no coasting. There is no natural acumen for success. In the end, it is only the time that you put in with full effort at learning and training that will help you develop the knowledge and mastery of the skills you want to gain. Time and effort. Time and effort. Time and effort. Short of putting in time and effort, you will fail to achieve your full potential in any skill you desire to acquire, every single time.

Drop comparison, focus on yourself. Focus on your path. Focus on how you’re distributing your time and effort to acquire what you desire. In the end, your success is dependent only on the sweat of your brow.

Get moving.
Keep moving.

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