It is been said, been made example of, and even put on the big screen in a number of Hollywood films. The fact is, we need to continue to prove, remind, and educate the world on the fact that smart, hard work (not talent alone) is often, if not always, the difference maker between success and failure.
You have heard us on swim upstream write on the merits of smart, hard work or a strong work ethic. Here are some more people that are successful in their respective fields, and what they have to say on the subject;
"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." -- Stephen King
"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose — somehow we win out." -- Ronald Reagan
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -- Margaret Thatcher
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -- Thomas Edison
"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind." -- Leonardo da Vinci
"Victory belongs to the most persevering." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing." -- Abraham Lincoln
"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile -- Roger Staubach
So what could professional athletes, artists, inventors, politicians, and writers all have in common? Is there any way these people from different walks of life and different periods in time know something we don't? Unlikely.
It is far more likely they pushed themselves harder and farther than their competition; whom most of us can't name because the world does not remember the adequate or the average... only the extraordinary.
Rather than compare yourself to someone you think is better- just BE BETTER. The only way we can do that, say the experts, is to outwork them. Get at it!