Is Talent Enough?

Some years ago, I watched an interesting and thought provoking movie called “Forrest Grump”.

In the 1994 Movie, Forrest Grump, played by Tom Hanks, was a man with very low IQ, basically an idiot savant, and also he had some physical disability. As a result, he was bullied in school.

One day, while fleeing from some bullies, his leg braces fell off, revealing Forrest to be a very fast runner.
From that day, he focused on only one thing …Running.

One phrase that pushed him on through many difficulties, was something his best friend shouted at him…Run, forrest run!….

And so, with no other talent and little intelligence, he focused only on running.

Eventually, he won many awards, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times.

He became a very successful man in every way.

Now while this is a movie, we can find examples of Forrest Grump in many areas of life.

Football stars, Celebrities, Writers, Singers (Like Jackson!) and many successful people, are not where they are because they’re more intelligent nor more talented.

Many of them simply found a passion, and gave it their all.

For those of you that are old enough to remember the glory days of Nigerian Football in the 90’s, you will agree with me, that we’ve never had a team like the one that played in USA ’94.

In fact, that year, the Eagles attained 5th ranking by FIFA, which remains the highest ranking ever attained by an African team.

Super Eagles ’94 Team

Do you also remember those players like Dan Amokachi, Emmanuel Amunike, Celestine Babayaro, Rashidi Yekini, Jay Jay Okocha, Taribo West and others.

These men played their hearts out in the US 94 tournament, achieving stardom for themselves and the nation, and creating serious wealth in the process, from clubs all across Europe

What many people didn’t know, was that some of these great players were not educated and in fact one of them was a mechanic!

People have risen from the lowliest states in life, to sit with kings and princes, not because they had talent, nor PHD degrees, but by extreme hard work.

The bible said it this way;
“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” prov 22:29

So yes, Talent is important. But everyone has talent.
What will separate you and uplift you, is not just your talent, but the hard work you put in.

Like Albert Einstein, one of the smartest man in the planet said,
“Genius is 1% talent and 99% hardwork”

So friends, I am not sure you will call this motivation, but no matter, it’s the truth.

You can rationalize it, and give other reasons, but I will advice you to embrace this truth.
If you don’t put in the hard work, you won’t get the desired result.

And in case you believe in Luck, Samuel Goldwyn also said something about luck that I believe:
“The harder I work, the luckier I get”

Welcome to another beautiful day full of possibilities. Go out there, and pay your dues.

And as long as you do so, There is no failure

Engr Emma Okoro

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