No matter how smart or talented you are, effort is king. You may not be gifted or talented and yet, you may become super successful, particularly if you make up your mind that no one would outwork you in your chosen vocation.
Frankly, most people would discard talent because it is no indicator of success. There are far more talented failures in the world than people willing to put in the time and effort that bring results.
In my line of work, people are quick to praise results over effort forgetting that there could be no results without it.
Then, there’s religious confusion about effort and its value. In Christianity, there’s the ‘faith vs works’ debate which has let many people accuse Christians of being sloppy with their work–which in part, I can familiarize with. But this ought not to be. Part of being the light of world entails having an extraordinary work ethic.
In his letter to the Corinthian church in the Bible Paul mentioned* how his extraordinary work ethic was a product of grace–labouring more than his contemporaries–and not the opposite.
But today, certain people lazy around with the idea that God’s grace is some kind of gift that requires they do little to achieve a lot. Nothing could be more a departure from the truth as this.
Certain, effort, clarity and perseverance are parallel truths on the pathway to success but of the three, effort is king.
*1 Corinthians 15:10